Car and Driver found out Nissan recently filed a trademark application for the "R-Hybrid" designation which could hint at a hybrid GT-R in the years to come.

C&D arrived at this conclusion after comparing the "R-Hybrid" and "GT-R" badges which both use the serif font. In addition, the first "R" from "R-Hybrid" looks virtually the same as the "R" in "GT-R".

This isn't the first time the words "hybrid" and "GT-R" are used in the same sentence as towards the end of last year we heard rumors of an all-new GT-R that could go hybrid. Set to come out sometime in 2017, the GT-R successor will allegedly adopt a sportier styling and could feature a hybrid setup derived from the one implemented in the Infiniti M35h and Essence Concept.

Until the new generation arrives, Nissan is planning a GT-R Nismo co-developed with Williams Advanced Engineering for 2014 which will reportedly do 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in just 2 seconds. To achieve this performance, the GT-R Nismo will be lighter and more powerful than the current model.

Gallery: Nissan trademarks 'R-Hybrid', GT-R Hybrid planned ?

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