There will be an all-new R36 Nissan GT-R and all powertrain options abide to be explored for the next-generation Japanese supercar.
That’s the chat from Nissan’s arch vice-president of all-around artefact planning Ivan Espinosa, who accepted to Australian media that all technologies are actuality advised to ensure the car-maker’s Porsche 911 battling charcoal one of the quickest cars available.
The ancestor of the accepted Nissan GT-R, arch artefact specialist for GT-R and NISMO Hiroshi Tamura, told carsales in August 2019 that a backup for the R35 had yet to be active off by the board, which was additionally analytical its powertrain choices.
Now, speaking afterwards the acknowledge of the Nissan Z Proto aftermost week, Nissan’s arch artefact artist accepted there will absolutely be an R36 GT-R but he wouldn’t acknowledge aback it will be appear or what affectionate of electrification it will bring.
“I cannot acquaint you too abundant on the GT-R,” said Espinosa.
“We are cerebration what we should do with the GT-R. We’re consistently thinking.
“This car calm with the Z and Patrol are conceivably the three best iconic and cast adumbrative nameplates that we accept as a company, that accept a abysmal history.
“These are nameplates that we are consistently attractive at how, when, what we should do with them.”
Asked whether the abutting Nissan GT-R would be based on a development of the accepted GT-R belvedere and if it will be electrified, Espinosa said aggregate was on the table but whatever the automated make-up, it will abide competitive.
“At this moment it’s actual open. Abounding things can happen,” he said.
“We are exploring altered things and we will appear aback to you guys aback we are accessible to acquaint you what we accept alleged to be for the abutting GT-R.
“Now, what will be the role of the abutting GT-R is to afresh be a actual aboveboard achievement apparatus – the way the accepted GT-R is.
“Even afterwards some years in the bazaar it is still actual aboveboard – still super-fast, super-great car to drive – and we will abide accurate to that expectation.”
Some letters advance Nissan is exploring a petrol-electric amalgam drivetrain for the new GT-R, accumulation a Kinetic Energy Recovery Arrangement (KERS) like that apparent on some of the car-maker’s Le Mans chase cars.
Espinosa wouldn’t aphorism out amalgam or battery-electric powertrains for the new GT-R, but appropriate the closing technology was not ‘mature’ enough, acceptable in agreement of array weight and range.
“Everything is up there,” he said. “Everything is open. It’s all about compassionate what do you appetite to bear to the customer. And there are solutions you can accept because there are affluence of options.
“The ability of the technology is the added one [variable to consider]. So we charge to cope with the clip of the ability of technology, chump apprehension and the acquaintance we appetite to give.”
Espinosa’s latest comments accord with what he told us in July, aback he appropriate the abutting R36 GT-R would acceptable be a hybrid, but that abounding EV ability would accept to delay until the consecutive R37 model.
“The technology of EV is actual advanced, but not at a akin in which you can bear the achievement accepted of a sports car,” he told carsales during an account afterwards the all-around barrage of the all-new Nissan Ariya electric SUV.
The Ariya EV generates a advantageous 290kW of ability and 600Nm of torque, and employs a development of the R35 GT-R’s ATTESA all-wheel drive system, now alleged e-4ORCE, which controls the torque outputs of the Ariya’s advanced and rear motor.
Those motors already accomplish about as abundant torque – but not ability – as the accepted R35 GT-R, which is powered by a 419kW/632Nm 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 carrying up to 441kW/652Nm in the NISMO version.
Furthermore, the battery-electric Ariya is based on an all-new committed EV belvedere architectonics that Espinosa says is scalable and will be acclimatized for abounding added accessible Nissan EVs.
But Espinosa warned that array size, weight and packaging issues abide baffling for use as an absolute ability antecedent in high-performance supercars.
“The belvedere is absolutely flexible. I anticipate the point is not about the platform, but afresh advancing to the battery. There are two things about batteries still in the EV space, one is the size,” he said.
“We accept a array in the attic today but it’s still amplitude you charge to admeasure for the battery. So aback you go with the accepted sports car which you apprehend to accept a actual low drive, the packaging becomes a actual arduous thing.
“And the added is the weight. We are able of affability and carrying actual agitative achievement in Ariya, with the ability we’re accepting from the electric drivetrain, but still the weight is an aspect that cannot ability the akin you would apprehend for a actual committed and high-performance sports car.”
Nissan’s artefact action bang-up additionally declared that “…the actuality you charge to bear actual constant ability to the car [lap afterwards lap on the racetrack]” is proving difficult, admitting its electric motorsport endeavours.
“So that technology is accessible and we’re acquirements a lot from our Formula E team, but it’s not yet at a akin to put into such a car,” he said.
Some letters advance the abutting GT-R could appear as anon as 2023 (and that it will attending like the Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo pictured here), but Espinosa wouldn’t be fatigued on timing for the R36 – let abandoned the R37.
Last year Tamura-san told carsales he hoped the absolute R35 GT-R could survive for 20 years, which would booty the accepted archetypal – which charcoal one of the quickest supercars accessible today – to about 2027.
Nissan is absurd to delay that long, however, so apprehend the aboriginal electrified Nissan GT-R to ride on a development of the accepted belvedere aural a few years, powered by a turbo-petrol electric amalgam accoutrement like the Honda NSX.
A absolutely electric Nissan GT-R, however, could be at atomic a decade away, anticipation by comments from Nissan’s arch of EV strategy, Asaka Hoshino.
“At this moment our antecedence is not an EV sports car,” he told carsales in July.
“Next is an SUV [Ariya], again maybe afterwards that some added baby cars or sedans, and again some added EVs, and again the sports car,” he said.