Amid the economic recession that has caused Nissan to make cuts to its programs, a new model for the GT-R series is still expected to roll out in 2013, according to company officials. VP of global product planning Andy Palmer had said that Nissan will replace the current R35 around 2013. He explained that it is very important to Nissan that it is able to offer a diverse range of vehicles from electric cars, to LCVs and the GT-R. He said that keeping the GT-R series alive isn't a massive one-off investment and is instead more of a case of putting a bit of money into the program each year. There are scant details at this point in time however it is believed that Nissan plans to not spend much on the next GT-R version. When the all-new model will be released, itâ definite that Nissan will spend more. As soon as we get official information from Nissan, we'll let you know.
Nissan has reconfirmed its commitment to an ongoing GT-R development programme, with a model replacement cycle in place that should see an R36 hit the streets by 2013 at the latest.
Current R35 will be replaced around 2013PistonHeads was at Nissan's Nurburgring Technical Centre earlier this week, when VP of global product planning Andy Palmer paid a flying visit to show his support for the GT-R programme lead by Kazutoshi Mizuno. It was Andy's first meeting with the Japanese GT-R 'away team' at the Nurburgring and, speaking informally to the assembled engineers and support staff, he spoke warmly of their achievements and reaffirmed Nissan's commitment to the GT-R project.
"These are very hard times and, as you know, we have had to make cuts to many programmes,' he told the team. 'However, it is very important to Nissan that we remain able to offer a diverse range of vehicles from electric cars, to LCVs and the GT-R and we continue to fully support the work you are doing here."
Existing platform and packaging will staySpeaking to PH later on - while waiting for a rapid ride around the Nurburgring circuit in a Spec-V development car - Andy confirmed that a model replacement programme was still in place in spite of the economic downturn, based on a roughly similar timescale to the Porsche replacement cycle. With the 911 GT2 being the car Nissan likes to benchmark, that puts a lifespan of 5-6 years on the current R35 - according to our rudimentary maths.
unsurprisingly, Andy also confirmed to us that the next-generation GT-R will be an evolution of the current platform, and will therefore retain the twin-turbocharged V6 and rear transaxle configuration.
"In that respect, it's not going to be a massive one-off investment," Palmer told PH. "It's more a case of putting a bit of money into the programme every year, to make sure we keep the GT-R where it needs to be."
TOKYO - Rumors lately buzzing around Japan suggest that the next-generation Nissan GT-R will come with a hybrid option.
Earlier reports suggested that Nissan was working on a high-performance SuV using the GT-R drivetrain. This car, which would wear an Infiniti badge in the States, would be Nissan's answer to the Porsche Cayenne (which is Porsche's best-selling model), the BMW X5 and X6. Another rumor hinted at a four-door GT-R-powered sedan badged as an Infiniti that would go head to head against the BMW M5 and Porsche Panamera. As far as we know, both of those projects have been shelved in favor of the GT-R hybrid.
upon closer inspection, the hybrid option is the most feasible of all the rumors pertaining to the future of the GT-R. That Nissan showcased a high-performance hybrid in the Infiniti Essence is a fact (the Essence was built atop the GT-R platform), and with reports of Porsche also toying with the idea of a hybrid-powered 911, it would be natural for Mizuno and Nissan to entertain thoughts about a hybrid option. Digging deeper, we're told that the possible candidate for the powertrain is the HV system used in the hybrid Infiniti M to be released next year, but with a dramatic power increase.
The Essence showcar's hybrid system consisted of the G37's 3.7-liter V6, whose output was raised to 440 horsepower with the help of twin turbochargers. This was combined with a 160-hp electric motor, bringing the grand total to 600 hp. For the GT-R, Nissan would go with the 3.8-liter twin turbocharged V6 (VR38DETT) with the same electric motor used for the Essence. The target output would also be 600 hp (440 hp from the gasoline engine and 160 from the electric motor). That means the hybrid GT-R would boast more than 100 hp more than the current GT-R, while fuel economy would improve to roughly 25-30 mpg. And because it's a GT-R, we're also told that all-wheel drive will still be part of the package.
To counter the weight of the hybrid system as much as possible, Mizuno and company are expected to put the next-generation GT-R on a diet, but the curb weight is still expected to rise once the battery pack and electric motor are added.
Still, we're told performance will increase over the current-generation GT-R (R35). Nissan's goal for the hybrid GT-R is for it to be just as quick as the current car - despite that curb weight increase - while boasting much better fuel economy.
It's no secret that Nissan targeted the performance of the Porsche 911 Turbo when it developed the GT-R. A quick look at the car's specifications will reveal just how similar the cars are, from their twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engines' output, all-wheel-drive layout and of course, lap times around the Nürburgring. GT-R Chief Vehicle Engineer and Chief Product Specialist Kazutoshi Mizuno even went as far as saying he intends the "GT-R to maintain a life cycle of six to seven years as it evolves gradually during those years, similar to how Porsche cars evolve."
But that was back when the GT-R was introduced in 2007. Today, the economic climate is far different than before, and now comes word that Mizuno-san may be changing his thinking about the future direction of the next-generation GT-R.
We expect the Hybrid GT-R's price tag to be around $100,000 with an expected debut of 2012 as a 2013 model.