Nissan thinking of alternative powertrains for future GT-R models
Could it be that a day would come where Godzilla will be shackled all in the name of fuel economy and efficiency? Well, if you’re to believe Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn and his commitment to bringing in electronic vehicles, then we shouldn’t be surprised at the prospect of seeing a Nissan GT-R outfitted with an alternative powertrain down the road.
Putting the shackles on a car like the Nissan GT-R isn’t exactly what we’d call good news, but given the precedent set by other car brands to build electric/hybrid variants of their supercars, then seeing a hybrid GT-R down the road doesn’t mean that the Japanese buzzsaw is losing its sting.
On the contrary, Kazutoshi Mizuno, the GT-R’s chief engineer, said that the only way for the GT-R to remain a relevant sports car is to adapt to the changing landscape of the industry as far as future emissions and fuel economy standards are concerned.
Nissan has yet to make a final decision on what powertrain will come in future versions of the GT-R, but you can definitely expect changes to be done soon. Not because Godzilla is losing some steam, but regulations may force it into changing its approach, even just a little.
Source: Motor Report