Nissan to push forward with GT-R replacement
It’s been an enormously successful car for the better part of its run over the past few years, but as it turns out, Nissan may finally be ready to park the Nissan R35 in the garage and be replaced by the R36.
According to the boys over at Pistonheads, Nissan vice president of global product planning, Andy Palmer flew in to check up on the brand’s GT-R program at the Nurburgring. While he was there, Palmer reemphasized Nissan’s continued commitment in the development of the GT-R program, so much so that he also hinted on a model (the R36) replacing the R35 in the coming years, expected to be 2013.
It’s a bold move by Nissan, especially considering that performance cars left and right have all upped the ante and released their own sports cars that are being lined up to put the GT-R in its place. So as an answer to all those who are wondering what to make of Nissan’s next step in their GT-R development, Palmer made it abundantly clear: they’re staying in the game, and they’re bringing their guns with them.
According to PH, the R36 will retain its predecessor’s twin-turbo V6 engine, albeit with a few tinkers here and there to make it even more formidable out on the road.
It’s not a complete overhaul as some people expected, but Palmer is seeing the whole process in the big picture. “In that respect, it’s not going to be a massive one-off investment,” he said. “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.”