While we’re busy speculating on what the next-generation Nissan GT-R will bring to the supercar table, the Japanese automaker is apparently working on simpler things. According to a bunch of spy shots we just received in our inbox, Nissan is readying one final update for the current GT-R, meaning the supercar we’re already familiar with will live on for the 2016 model year as well.

A partly camouflaged GT-R that was spotted in Germany in October 2014 suggests that Nissan is readying a mild facelift for its halo car. The test vehicle appears to be a standard 2014 model year GT-R, but its camouflaged nose hides a handful of visual and aerodynamic updates. Although the front fascia seems largely unchanged, a closer look reveals the bumper sports revised grille openings with new aerodynamic elements. Both the upper and lower dams feature two extra fins that are likely to improve air flow to the engine and front brakes.

What’s more, the apron also appears to include newly designed winglets at each corner, hinting Nissan is aiming to improve the current GT-R’s performance before bidding it fairwell. New aerodynamics could also mean the Japanese are updating the 3.8-liter V-6 engine for the first time in four years. We expect the tweaked unit to deliver an extra five to ten horses for a final output of 550 to 555 horsepower. The 2015 model year GT-R comes with 545 ponies on tap.

What do you guys think? Is this the first mule for the next-generation GT-R or just some visual tweaks in hiding? SOund of below.

As always, we will keep you up to date with all the information as we get it.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Nissan GT-R.

Spy Shots

Spy Shots: 2016 Nissan GT-R Begins Testings Exterior Spyshots
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Spy Shots: 2016 Nissan GT-R Begins Testings Exterior Spyshots
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Spy Shots: 2016 Nissan GT-R Begins Testings Exterior Spyshots
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Everything else on this test vehicle appears unchanged, further backing the scenario of a final iteration for the current GT-R. Of course, there’s also the possibility that this vehicle is actually a mule for the next-gen supercar, but that’s rather unlikely given the camouflaged nose and the visual tweaks hidden under the swirly wrap.

Either way, more details should surface soon and we’ll be right back to pass the info over to you. Make sure you stay tuned to TopSpeed.

Why It Matters

The fact that the next-generation GT-R is still a mystery is what makes every piece of information regarding it a very big deal. Will Nissan manage to push the envelope even further? Will the next GT-R go the hybrid route? These questions remain unanswered as Nissan is mum on the details, but the mere existence of this test vehicle comes to confirm the Japanese are getting ready to retire the current GT-R, while they’re working on a brand-new supercar.

2016 Nissan GT-R - Rendering

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