Report: Next-generation Nissan GT-R could go hybrid

Report: Next-generation Nissan GT-R could go hybrid image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Nissan | posted May 18, 2016 07:32

R36 Nissan GT-R to get improved design, powertrain

Nissan is apparently not resting on its laurels even after the debut of the refreshed 2017 GT-R. According to Automotive News, work on the new-generation flagship supercar is already underway and it will apparently be getting a host of new technologies and design updates.

Shiro Nakamura, Nissan's chief design officer, stated that he won't be surprised that the new GT-R will be equipped with a hybrid powertrain for extra power and less emissions. Nakamura also said that in order to compete with other brands, they need to make an engine that has the right balance between performance and fuel efficiency.

As for its design, the chief design officer said that the signature look of the GT-R has aged well because of it does not share any styling influence from other automakers.

“To my eye, it still doesn't look old because it's not influenced by anything. If it tries to capture some trend, it would look dated,” said Nakamura.

However, they plan to change its proportions, specifically its height and width for better aerodynamics.

In our previous report, the next-generation GT-R will reportedly have 700 PS courtesy of a 3.0-liter twin turbo V6 that is helped along by an electric motor. Moreover, it will apparently be derived from the company's LMP1 endurance racecar, the GT-R LM Nismo.