“We are definitely creating a new platform” for the R36 GT-R

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A next-generation Nissan GT-R R36 is in the works and will receive a new platform, the automaker’s CEO said in an interview with Autocar posted Monday.

“We are definitely creating a new platform,” said Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida, “and our goal is clear: the GT-R has to be the fastest car of its kind. It has to own the track. And it has to play the game. game of advanced technology. “

Uchida said Nissan is looking into a hybrid powertrain for the rumored R36 GT-R back to 2013, but indicated that it is not blocked. Electrification may not be necessary to meet Nissan’s performance targets, he said.

2021 Nissan GT-R T-spec

2021 Nissan GT-R T-spec

In a 2019 interview with Motor AuthorityHiroshi Tamura, chief product specialist for the GT-R, said any decision to use a hybrid powertrain would be determined by customer feedback. If customers want that technology, or want more performance than they would require, Nissan will, he said. However, some form of electrification may be required to meet future emissions standards.

The current R35 GT-R dates from model year 2009, so a replacement was planned for some time. A new platform would be a different approach from Nissan’s overhaul of the similar-aged Z sports car. The 2023 Nissan Z uses a carry-over platform, but with a different engine, updated technology and new style.

For now, changes for the 2021 Nissan GT-R are limited to new ones T-Spec Other Nismo Special Edition Models. Though very old by industry standards, the GT-R Nismo’s 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 still produces 600 horsepower and 481 foot-pounds of torque, while the base versions produce 565 horsepower and 467 lb-ft. These are still staggering numbers, but the R35 GT-R’s age also makes its six-figure price tag increasingly difficult to justify.

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