Fresh developments on the next-gen Godzilla come straight from Japanby Khris Bharath, on
The upcoming GT-R has to be one of the most anticipated super sports cars in recent times. Nissan has been working on a complete model redesign for its flagship sports car for a while now. Looking back at Nissan’s history, the Skyline GT-R, which has long been the icon of Nissan’s sports cars lineup, is currently in the third generation of models with the GT-R name, following the first generation from 1969 to 1973 and the second generation from 1989 to 2002.
With 14 years after its release in 2007, the current Nissan GT-R R35 is one of the Japanese automaker’s vehicles with the longest product cycle. Over the years, Nissan has made slight improvements to this Japanese treasure, giving the GT-R numerous facelifts over the years. A new model is now long overdue.
The Best Car Scoop team from Japan has scoured the web for scoops on the upcoming Nissan GT-R, and they have received some interesting news! It’s the most recent information on the highly anticipated GT-R R36. What’s the scoop?
The new GT-R is being developed with a gasoline turbo engine, after all, defying prior rumors that it would be outfitted with a mild-hybrid engine!
So, what will become of this illustrious sports car? We’ve got lots of the latest stuff you don’t want to miss, from rumors about the powerplant to the design of the forthcoming GT-R!
What’s the Hold-up with the Nissan GT-R?
The next "R36" GT-R won’t be coming anytime soon. What is the reason for the delay? What are the challenges of the next GT-R? Well Nissan says, "We have to wait patiently"
Environmental regulations are hurting the future of sports cars. When TopGear contacted Mr. Philip Klein, Nissan’s product planning executive, and asked him about the next-generation R36 GT-R, he replied, "Yes, you guys have to be patient, because we will meet your expectations. The driving experience is a high priority and as we move from gasoline engines to hybrids, nothing will be lost in the fun of driving, even if we go electric.”
Philip Klein adds -
"Our engineers are working on the next GT-R, and there are several options, but the problem is environmental regulations”.
For these reasons, it is certain that the announcement of the next model has been postponed.
What kind of Performance can we expect from the R36?
Initially, BestCar got information claiming that the present model will be phased out in the fall of 2022 and that a mild hybrid powertrain based on the VR38DETT engine will be installed on the next model.
Despite the future strict emissions and noise rules, the next model is being designed to accommodate a gasoline turbo engine rather than a mild hybrid system, according to fresh information. The improved 3.8-liter V-6 twin-turbo engine is also projected to produce 600 horsepower and 480 foot-pounds of torque, similar to the current GT-R NISMO.
|2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo||2020 Nissan GT-R|
|Engine||3.8-Liter V-6||3.8-Liter V-6|
|Transmission||6-Speed Automated Manual||6-Speed Automated Manual|
|Power Output||600 HP @ 6,800 RPM||565 @ 6,800 RPM|
|Torque||481 lb-ft @ 3,600 – 5,600 RPM||467 lb-ft @ 3,300 – 5,800 RPM|
|0-60 mph||2.5 Seconds||2.9 seconds|
|Top Speed||205 MPH||196 MPH|
|Weight||3,865 LBS||3,933 LBS|
The modest hybridization was planned from the outset of the GT-development R’s by Kazutoshi Mizuno, the father of the GT-R. As a result, the GT-R R36 will likely be a heavily revised R35, with a number of chassis revisions, new components, and a newly calibrated suspension.
Why Would Nissan Abandon the Hybrid Powertrain for the R36?
The Japanese automaker has always aspired for the GT-R to be one of the world’s fastest sports cars, which is both a goal and a task. Given stricter worldwide exhaust gas regulations, how Nissan intends to accomplish this without any type of hybridization is perplexing. It will most likely be challenging to create an electric platform that is lighter than the previous one.
CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) may have a bit more latitude due to their hallmark e-POWER and EV approach, but noise laws will get stiffer starting in 2022, making things worse for super sports cars like the GT-R.
Design of the Exterior
The new GT-R R36’s exterior design is believed to be heavily influenced by the Nissan Vision GT concept vehicle. According to Japanese media, the long-awaited R36 may feature the R35 body and undergo a big makeover rather than creating a new car from scratch, confirming that the new car may not incorporate the hybrid powertrain after all.
Despite this, we anticipate that the design will be extensively altered. To boost cooling performance for the high-performance motor, the front grille might be widened. The headlights could be outfitted with cutting-edge LED technology. The future GT-R’s rear could possibly be based on the current model with minimal alterations.
We can only hope that the R36 is inspired by the Italdesign GT-R50, which was sold as a limited edition of 50 examples of the current model. The GT-R50 did, however, serve as a design study for the next model. That certainly seems promising.
Design of the Interior
To match the exterior design, the interior of the next Nissan GT-R may feature a more dramatic design.
The current model has straight lines to give it the sumptuous sense of a top-tier sports car, but the forthcoming model may add a futuristic aspect by connecting each element with curves. The new interior will also have to match modern technology and safety regulations, as well as a need for a virtual dashboard and the latest from Nissan’s in-car entertainment systems.
According to Japanese media, two of their best sports cars, the GT-R and Z, will never die. If the R36 is only available with a gas engine, Nissan will be demonstrating the internal combustion engine’s future potential to the world.
We have no idea how Nissan will meet the strict emissions regulations. Perhaps they’re banking on their upcoming all-electric and hybrid cars emitting low enough CO2 emissions to meet tightening requirements. Nonetheless, would the new GT-R be prohibited from being sold in more and more nations if it does not use hybrid power?
Given the specifics of these improvements, for the sake of sales strategy, there is a strong probability that the next GT-R will be dubbed as the R36, which is a "complete model update."
The R36 is expected to be released in early 2023
. TopSpeed will keep you posted as more information becomes available.