11/15/13

Nissan Exec Says GT-R Hybrid is a "Very Real Prospect"


Rumors had been floating around the scene that the next Nissan GT-R (due in a couple of years) was going to be a hybrid, but they were never confirmed. Now Autocar brings us the closest thing we’ve had to a confirmation, a quoting of Nissan’s sales and marketing boss Andy Palmer’s words.

“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 high-ranking exec added.

Moreover, as we’ve seen in the case of the battery-powered Mercedes-Benz SLS, torque vectoring is much quicker and more precise with the instant nature of electric power. This means the next GT-R could stands a good chance of having some serious performance enhancements through electrification – it would definitely make a lot of sense for the car (more so than for others that already use it…) and the current context/climate of the industry that is heading in that direction.

Still, until then, we have the Nismo variant of the current shape car to wait for, and we predict it’s going to be a wild one.

By Andrei Nedelea

Photo Renderings Copyright: Carscoops / Josh Byrnes

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