A new report indicates the next generation Nissan GT-R will provide a combined output of 784 bhp (585 kW).

A new report indicates the next generation Nissan GT-R will provide a combined output of 784 bhp (585 kW).

Nissan's LMP1 racer for next year's 24 Hours of Le Mans is expected to be the basis for the GT-R (R36) which will likely feature a hybrid powertrain wrapped around in a body inspired by the 2020 Vision Gran Turismo concept. According to a source cited by Motor Trend, the new GT-R will have an entirely new design created to provide efficient cooling to the hybrid system and also to improve aerodynamics.

It will allegedly keep the current model's V6 3.8-liter twin-turbo engine but output will be bumped from 600 bhp (447 kW) to 650 bhp (485 kW). There will also be an electric motor developing an extra 134 bhp (100 kW) which would enable the supercar provide a combined output of 784 bhp (585 kW) thanks to the hybrid system co-developed with Williams. A newly developed eight-speed transmission will be installed in order to cope with all that power, thus effectively replacing the current six-speed DCT which apparently can't handle more torque. Adding the electric motor in the R36 will increase torque from R35 GT-R Nismo's 481 lb-ft (652 Nm) to 737 lb-ft (998 Nm).

The report says a concept is expected at next year's Tokyo Motor Show while the production car will be launched in 2018.

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