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.