After nearly 10 years in production, Nissan could be planning to replace its GT-R R35 with an all-new hybrid model. Full details here…
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- New Nissan GT-R R36 could feature Le Mans-derived hybrid V6
- Styling should be inspired by Vision Gran Turismo Concept
- Is expected to hit UK roads before 2020
- Could cost significantly more than the outgoing model
It’ll soon be time for Nissan to put the current-generation GT-R R35 to bed and introduce a new R36 model. Thought to be powered by a Le Mans-derived twin-turbo V6, rumours suggest it’ll feature hybrid tech to offer improved efficiency and hypercar-quick 0-62mph sprint times. Our exclusive render shows what the new model could look like.
The new GT-R is expected to draw styling cues from the bonkers 2014 Vision Gran Turismo Concept – a low-slung two-seater, originally designed for use in the Gran Turismo video game series. The concept’s extremely large diffuser, giant alloy wheels and minuscule windows will almost certainly be toned down slightly to make the upcoming R36 usable in the real world.
Nissan GT-R R36 engines and driving
Rumours suggest the new GT-R could be powered by a complex hybrid system with an engine derived from the Japanese firm’s endurance racing program. The company’s Le Mans race car, shown above, used a conventional 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine to drive the front wheels and was originally meant to use a hybrid system on the rears (ultimately, it couldn’t be made to work in time to race). The road-going R36 could use a similar system – hopefully with better luck than the Le Mans car.
Adding this system could mean the new GT-R ends up heavier than the outgoing car’s already portly 1,740kg weight. Despite this, the instant torque offered by electric motors could improve its 0-62mph time considerably. A clever torque-vectoring system should help it carve through corners just as rapidly as its predecessor, too.
Downsizing from a 3.8-litre to a 3.0-litre engine and adding a hybrid system should also make the new car slightly more fuel efficient than the current R35 model. This will hardly be a headline grabbing statistic, however – we’re more interested in seeing whether it can better the Tesla Model S P100D’s incredible 0-62mph sprint time.
Nissan GT-R R36 price and release date
Nissan isn’t expected to reveal a new GT-R before 2018 and we may have to wait until 2020 before we see it in dealerships. The new hybrid system could add a significant chunk to the asking price, however, potentially pushing entry-level cars close to the £100,000 mark. That said, it’ll still probably be cheaper than rivals from Porsche and Lamborghini.