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.

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Source: Motor Report

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5 comments:

  (1333) posted on 08.31.2010

yeah agree on that, it’s about time to ehance the engine of nissan leaf and use it to the GT-R.

  (134) posted on 08.1.2010

does everything need to be a hybrid these days? Surely the GT-R sells in such insignificant quantities that it won’t make any real difference on the environment.

  (666) posted on 07.14.2010

I guess this is about time for the Nissan to Find a new engine that can still perform the same as the VR38DETT.

  (939) posted on 07.12.2010

BIO fuel, hybrid is a good choice for a new powertrains to the GT-R, but isn’t that Nissan is planning to have a 600HP GT-R?

  (20) posted on 07.12.2010

It only makes sense that Nissan is looking into a hybrid drivetrain. Porsche is in the works on a 918 Hybrid, Toyota will most likely introduce the new Supra Hybrid, and Tesla is already here. Not to mention Ferrari is working on a bio-fuel F430 Concept. Sooner or later, most vehicles on the road will be hybrid or biofuel, or both.

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