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Next-Generation Nissan GT-R Might Not Happen
Just the Facts:
  • The next-generation Nissan GT-R (R36) may not be officially approved at Nissan.
  • A source tells Inside Line that Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has not yet given the go-ahead to design and engineer the car.
  • Nissan officially has no comment on the subject.
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^Ugly as sin.

Im not really worried about them not making a Skyline anymore. Personally I hate the R35. It was kind of cool when it first came out but I have seen way too many. They are kind of like Mustangs/Challengers/Chargers. They used to be something special but now they are just an everyman's car. The guy who runs a gas station down the road has one...
 

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Reminds me of the latest tiburon
 

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Next-Generation Nissan GT-R on Track for 2018
Just the Facts:
  • A second-generation Nissan GT-R is planned for production.
  • The current development schedule suggests it will arrive in 2018.
  • A refresh of the current GT-R is scheduled for the end of 2013.

Despite previous information that suggested otherwise, Edmunds has confirmed that a next-generation Nissan GT-R is still planned for production, but the all-new version of the supercar won't arrive until 2018. Our latest information was obtained during a recent visit to Nissan's R&D center in Atsugi, Japan.

Sources close to the company say the GT-R team is watching the development of the soon-to-be-introduced Acura NSX closely, especially after Honda insiders revealed that their hybrid-powered sports car will lap the Nürburgring faster than the GT-R. Nissan's keen interest in the Acura NSX also indicates that a hybrid version of the GT-R is a distinct possibility.

When asked about the upcoming Porsche 918 Spyder, which also features hybrid technology, Mizuno didn't seem very impressed. We can't confirm if Mizuno will utilize the R38DETT engine from the current car for use in the GT-R's hybrid system (which may debut sooner rather than later), or wait until 2018 to introduce a brand new system for the next-generation GT-R.
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First thing I thought of was 3G eclipse front.
 

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Next-Gen Nissan GT-R May Go Hybrid
Current Godzilla Likely to Last Until 2017

The 2014 Nissan GT-R represents the fifth revision of the R35 series GT-R since its launch. We hear that at least two more updates to the present Godzilla are in the works and that the R35 will live on until at least 2015, though our source says it could be around until as late as 2017. The extended timeframe could be good news, as we've heard that Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn only recently lit the green light to begin development of a new GT-R. So what's next? Let the speculation begin!

The most significant changes to the new GT-R will most likely be to its exterior design and engine. As you can see from this artist's impression the next GT-R, the basic proportions should remain the same, while the headlights and aerodynamic package are likely to receive a big makeover in an effort to further maximize down-force and high-speed stability.

Like all automakers, Nissan is staring down the barrel of ever more stringent U.S. and European emissions regulations that will force it to continue to reduce CO2 output and improve fuel economy. According to our source, that means the next GT-R may have to employ "some electronic device" to help boost Godzilla's mpg numbers.

Nissan reportedly is looking at two potential options. The first is some kind of hybrid system. One possible future hint was the hybridized (and downsized to 3.7 liters) VR38DETT fitted to the Infiniti Essence concept car first seen at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show that produced an estimated 600 combined horsepower, though our source stresses that the Essence is not the next GT-R. Engineers are also evaluating a hybrid system similar to that of the Infiniti M35h. However, adding a hybrid system means bulking up the GT-R's already substantial weight with motors and batteries, so unless designers can shave some 400 pounds off of the current car, a hybrid GT-R is likely to be problematic.

The second option is a "turbo compressor and generator setup" still in the testing stages. Seen as a mere "assist" device for the current powertrain, a newly fitted drive motor could be designed to slot right inside the car's rear transaxle. "The GT-R would also have to employ a start-stop device as well as cylinder deactivation technology to get CO2 down," says our insider.

Chief engineer Kazutoshi Mizuno hinted at a possible date for the next generation's debut when he said his team's entry in this year's Nurburgring 24-hour race was to ensure the car had the performance, reliability, and endurance capabilities to "take the car up to 2017, when you can expect significant revisions." As we left the circuit, Mizuno hinted that he and his team were already working on the next generation GT-R. But it was one of his talented younger cohorts who nodded a silent "yeah" when we suggested the next-generation coupe would be a hybrid. So, if nods are to be believed, then the all-important weight issue seems to have been solved. Now that's good news.
 

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Nissan Confirms Next GT-R to Arrive as 2016 Model
At the Nissan 360 global press event held last week in Southern California, a Nissan representative confirmed that we will see a new Nissan GT-R supercar as a 2016 model.

The current R35 Nissan GT-R has been on sale in the U.S. since the 2009 model year, seeing constant improvements. At first, the 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged beast produced 485 hp, but that was later bumped to 530 hp, and again to 545 hp, receiving drivetrain and suspension upgrades as well. Nissan has managed to keep its status as a giant killer despite the GT-R’s aging design and technology and ever-increasing price, and the new one should offer plenty more to keep it ahead of the pack. Just last week, the Nissan GT-R placed first in the third-annual Motor Trend World’s Greatest Drag Race.

A hybrid powertrain has been rumored to be part of the next-gen GT-R’s package, keeping pace with the technology coming to the rival Acura NSX. Before the next-gen GT-R arrives, however, Nissan has one last swan song left in the R35′s list of tricks by way of an upcoming Nismo version that should be lighter, more powerful, and far more track-focused. We expect it to land as a 2015 model sometime around the end of this year or early next, as Nissan has had a tendency to release GT-R models well ahead of a normal schedule in the U.S.
 

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Next-gen Nissan GT-R will be hybrid
Nissan engineering boss Andy Palmer confirms next-gen Nissan GT-R sports car will feature electrification

The next-generation Nissan GT-R will feature a hybrid powertrain, using electrification to boost performance and lower emissions according to engineering, sales and marketing boss Andy Palmer.

“There is an inevitability about electrification of all cars in the future, and there is the very real prospect of enhancements coming from this and ending up on a sports car like the Nissan GT-R,” said Palmer. “The electric systems can fill in the gaps in the torque curve and offer genuine performance gains, as well as lowering emissions. It’s win-win, and I’d expect to see some form of hybridisation on the next generation of car.”

The Nissan GT-R is currently powered by a twin-turbo 3.8-litre V6 that delivers 542bhp and 463lb ft of torque. It boasts a 0-60mph time of 2.9sec. This generation of GT-R was introduced in late 2007, suggesting it is due for replacement around 2015.

Palmer also confirmed that the soon-to-be launched Nissan GT-R Nismo will follow the more mainstream car’s policy of undergoing annual model-year revisions.
 

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Nissan: next GT-R will be hybrid
‘R36’ version of Japan’s supercar slayer will embrace electric power, Nissan chief tells us. Oh, and it’ll be even faster

It's looking certain the next-generation Nissan GT-R will go hybrid.

There's been mention of it before, but Nissan GB's sports car chief, James Oliver, effectively confirmed it to TG in a candid chat about the brand's halo model.

"I think it [a GT-R hybrid] is the obvious direction," Oliver told us. "There's been obsessive development of the GT-R over the years, and at some point we will move onto the next generation car. The overall market is looking at different methods of powering cars, and at Nissan we've got great expertise and investment of electric.

"We already have the capability in terms of battery production and electric vehicle technology, so I don't think it's a great stretch to think a future performance product would have some of that tech incorporated into it.

"When the R35 launched in 2009 it was a massive leap forward, and we need to make sure when the next generation comes, it's a similar leap forward. Not just the car itself, but the overall effect for Nissan."

Oliver would reveal nothing firmer on what will power the next GT-R, or how much clout it will have. The current car produces 542bhp and completes 0-62mph in a fairly bonkers 2.8 seconds or so. To quite what level the R36 will raise its performance is faintly frightening to imagine.

Styling-wise, the outlandish Concept 2020 shown at the Goodwood Festival of Speed (and pictured above) gives us some idea of what to expect, Oliver describing it as a "design study" for the next GT-R.

In the meantime, we can expect plenty of continuous updates for the current R35 model.

"I think we need to keep developing it and squeezing every last ounce of performance out of it," said Oliver. "I think that our customers really value and respect the fact that it's being constantly honed and refined."

Do said customers not get a bit peeved that their £78,000 car might only be a few months old when Nissan announces its latest model-year update, though? "Updates are refinements, so they don't render the previous model obsolete. People don't stop buying the current car because there's a new model year coming," Oliver said.

Some particularly loyal customers even trade up to the latest GT-R each time an update launches. "We have a real broad cross section of customers, some are on their fifth GT-R. Other buyers come and buy one, then move onto the next big thing elsewhere, that's typical of the sports car market."

Whatever the future holds for the Nissan GT-R, Oliver is adamant it should retain true to its ethos of relative value. "The overall approach will be performance on a par with much more expensive cars at a relatively affordable price."
 

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New GT-R will be ‘front-engined 2+2 hybrid’
http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/nissan-gtr-hybrid-front-engined-awd-arrives-2018-2015-01-29
2018’s ‘R36’ GT-R definitely won’t go mid-engined, Nissan’s creative boss tells TG

Shiro Nakamura might be a diminutive chap in stature, but in car-drawing terms Nissan's Chief Creative Officer is a colossus.

TG caught up with Nakamura-san - fresh from winning the Grand Prix du Design award at the International Automobile Festival - at the London launch of Infiniti's revised Q70 exec saloon.

Of course we should have been complimenting him on the Q70's new LED lights and tweaked bootlid, but, um, we want to know about the new GT-R instead.

So we asked Nakamura-san if he'd seen any of the speculative renderings the internet has spewed out, all purporting to show how the new GT-R will absolutely definitely look.

"Yes, I've seen them," Shiro smiles. "Not one of them is close [to how the car will look]". But what about the Vision Gran Turismo (pictured above)? Any GT-R clues in that virtual concept car?

"Maybe some elements from the front and rear, but that is a mid-engined car. Mizuno-san [the GT-R's legendary father] says the GT-R will always be a front-engined 2+2-seater coupe."

So, no need to worry about a GT-R crossover or convertible, then? Nakamura-san grins and shakes his head. Phew. "It will be a hybrid," he confirms, "but not mid-engined."

And when might we see a new GT-R? "Not yet. 2018 at the earliest," is Shiro's reply. He says the current car, updated every year with revised styling, suspension and software updates, is still selling healthily, and the GT-R's team reckons there's yet more performance to squeeze from the current car.

Yup, more performance from a car that can run 2.8 seconds from 0-62mph and laps the Nurburgring in 7m8s. The mind does indeed boggle.

TG suggests a new feature to stop Olympic cyclists crashing might be useful. Shiro laughs, and cringes a little.

"Yes, I was there at the Festival of Speed [when Sir Chris Hoy punted a Nismo GT-R into the hay bales]. I heard the crash and thought ‘argh!'. Then for the next two days, all they show on the big screen is the same shot of our GT-R crashing into the barrier. But at least the car was safe and strong..."
 

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Next Nissan GT-R to use Le Mans V6 engine
http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/nissan-gt-r-new-engine-from-lmp1-racer-2015-05-29
Nissan’s Ben Bowlby tells TG next-gen GT-R will use variant of LMP1 twin-turbo V6

Future Nissan GT-Rs will likely use a successor to the current twin-turbo V6 engine in Nissan's 2015 LMP1 contender.

Speaking to TopGear.com, Ben Bowlby - the brains behind Nissan's radical Le Mans prototype - confirmed that a version of the twin-turbo V6 used to power the 1250bhp hybrid will feature in the GT-R.

"The 3.0-litre V6 is a sort of god-child of the true, road-going GT-R," Ben told TG. "It's a direct injection engine, and the combustion technology, and integration of turbo and intake system within the head design, is all very interesting and highly applicable to the road.

"If it was a crazy engine - super light with a short life - the reality is that it wouldn't be applicable. But it revs to the same as the road-going car - 6,500rpm - and is truly an early ancestor of what will be a future Nissan GT-R engine."

He explained how racing has helped fast-track the development of this unit, which is proving to be one of the most reliable components on the LMP1 racer. "I think it's very important development that we shortcut by going racing. We prove that you can do an incredibly efficient and very powerful engine - we have roughly the same power as the road car (around or just over 550bhp) but burn about a third of the fuel doing it.

"Actually it's very important that things like racing do help change people's perspective," explains Ben, "and that having a more fuel efficient car is better for the environment and less wasteful."

We know of course, that whatever shape this new, LMP1-derived engine takes, it'll most likely be matched up to a hybrid system too. Nissan's chief creative officer Shiro Nakamura confirmed to TopGear.com a while back that indeed the next GT-R, due sometime in 2018 at the earliest, "will be a hybrid."

So, an engine forged in racing, a hybrid setup and - hopefully - some of the styling from the Vision GT concept. Hands up who's excited?
 
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