The Nissan GT-R is among the fastest-accelerating cars on the planet, second only to million-dollar hypercars. The evolution of the GT-R has been an interesting story, and the next-generation Nissan GT-R will mark yet another important milestone in its storied history.
Nissan has already started working on the next iteration of the GT-R, and for the first time, a top executive at Nissan has confirmed to that the new model will feature a hybrid powertrain. Now, don’t start thinking that this will be some a Hybrid that focuses only on being "green." Nope, this will be more of a performance hybrid, similar to the Porsche 918 Spyder’s setup.
Though these hyper-hybrids are just as fast as their gasoline-powered counterparts, we believe that a hybrid powertrain alters the "wow" factor of performance. Anyway, speaking to Autocar, Andy Palmer — engineering, sales and marketing boss at Nissan — said that there is an "inevitability" about electrification of all future cars and that the new Nissan GT-R "will see some form of hybridization".
For the time being, the Nismo GT-R will remain the flagship model and will receive annual updates. Nissan is known to launch upgrades for the GT-R every year, and the Nismo GT-R will be no exception. The updates include tweaks to the engine for extra performance, improvements on the aerodynamics front, etc.
Click past the jump for more on the Nismo GT-R’s Nurburgring lap time and on the current GT-R
When asked about the Nismo GT-R’s `Ring time, Andy Palmer told the reporter that the ex-Formula 1 driver Sebastien Buemi was the fastest of the four drivers who took the Nismo GT-R around the Nurburgring. The official lap time is still a closely guarded secret that we expect Nissan to disclose in dramatic fashion at the upcoming Tokyo motor show.
“Sebastien is a sensational driver,” he said. “He was flat-out in places that other people brake in. His lack of experience at the ‘Ring didn’t hold him back.”.
The 2014 Nissan GT-R got numerous upgrades and a hike in price as well. The GT-R now costs almost $100,000 if you opt for the base version. That said, performance figure are still nothing short of astonishing. The 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V-6 puts out 545 horsepower and 463 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a dual-clutch six-speed, paddle-shift transmission.
The insides of the engine have been refined to lower frictional loses, improve mid to high-range torque, improve lubrication and lower CO2 emissions. Nissan has also made fine adjustments to the chassis, suspension and anti-roll bars. Brakes have been revised to lower the stopping distance.