Nissan through the voice of its chief creative officer Shiro Nakamura has revealed the all-new GT-R could adopt a hybridized powertrain.
The 2017 GT-R facelift was revealed only a couple of months ago at the New York Auto Show, but work is already well underway on the next generation, the R36. It will bring a full redesign of the model to improve aerodynamics and styling dynamics, according to Nakamura. He told Automotive News that Nissan has to modify the height and width of the car to enable better proportions and that every change they will make will be to boost the supercar’s performances.
As far as the design is concerned, Nakamura believes the current GT-R, which has been around since late 2007, has aged well thanks to its singular design that wasn’t influenced by other models. He feels that if Nissan’s styling department creates a design that “tries to capture some trend, it would look dated,” so expect the new GT-R to have a standalone appearance.
One of the main goals is to improve the fuel efficiency of the biturbo 3.8-liter V6 which is why Nakamura mentions we shouldn’t be surprised if the engine will be electrified to make “Godzilla” greener. But hybridizing the gasoline engine won’t be just for the sake of slashing emissions, it should also bring a considerable plus in terms of performance. It remains to be seen how the extra hardware is going to be offset by weight-saving measures, especially since the current GT-R is not exactly featherweight at 3,922 pounds (1,778 kilograms).
Nakamura didn’t say when the next-generation GT-R will be released, but given the recent R35’s refresh, chances are it will not be launched before the end of 2017.