With a new Nissan Z ready to hit the market, it’s only fair we wonder what’s coming next for the GT-R
The current R35 GT-R has been in production for 15 years, and despite this there’s no word on the next-gen R36 model
While that model may be a mystery, you can rest assured that the GT-R isn’t going away – at least not in the long term.
In a new report from Top Gear, Nissan’s COO, Ashwani Gupta, explained that the GT-R is an important item and electrification won’t keep it down.
“I think it's too early to say when, but definitely it
will come one day.”
The thing is that Nissan’s battery technology is nowhere near being ready to support something as wild as a Nissan Z or the GT-R
“At present, when we do all the simulations to the electrification on these cars, we don't find the right technology to define what is 'Z' and what is 'GT-R'. And at the end, these two are not cars, these are our culture.”
The good news is that Nissan is hard at work on technology that will make it possible: Solid state battery technology.
As of now, however, Nissan is still very early in the development phase, so don’t expect it to happen anytime soon.
Engineers to have one SSB prototype, but the company isn’t planning to put the new tech into production until 2028 – six years from now.
That could be the minimum waiting time for a GT-R EV, and most likely, the waiting time for the next-gen model.
With the current GT-R so old, it wouldn’t make sense to usher in an all-new generation just to replace it at the end of the decade.
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So, while we can say for sure there will be an electric GT-R, you better get comfortable with the model we have today because it’s probably going to stick around.