Future Cars: CarScoop's Vision of the 2017 Nissan GT-R


Ever since its Japanese launch in 2007 (USA 2008), the Nissan GT-R has gained a huge following and respect with its supercar-bashing performance. Subtle upgrades have been applied over its current lifespan with the aim of keeping Italians, Germans and Americans at bay with its AWD drivetrain coupled to a potent 3.8L twin-turbo V6.

However, the competition will not surrender; cue GM and Porsche with their new Corvette Stingray and 911 models respectively, as prime examples - hence why Nissan is expected to respond again.

For those of us like myself who grew up as part of the early-adapting PlayStation generation, the GT-R obsession grew with the R32-34 Nissan Skylines of the 1990's. Their bang-for-buck thrills combined with endless modification options has turned the GT-R moniker into something of an automotive cult status.

So naturally, as one's mind wonders backwards through the generations of Skyline GT-R, the inevitable happens with thoughts boomeranging back from the past and into the future.

So what is to be expected from Nissan's future supercar nameplate? Well information is pretty thin right now; however, rumor has it that Nissan is looking at employing a hybrid setup to aid with the ever-increasing demand for more fuel-efficient vehicles and lower emissions. If so, such a setup could easily improve performance with instantaneous torque from electric motors. Of course, the downside - as with most hybrid vehicles, is added weight and packaging issues with battery packs; plus the heavier the vehicle gets, compromises with handling will start to arise.

Now how about the styling? Well prior to the current GT-R, the look of previous generations had been rather restrained - you certainly couldn't put them in the league of the Italians such as Ferrari and Lamborghini when it came to design flair. This is because they had been based on the Japanese market Skyline, so GT-R versions were limited to a degree when it came to aesthetic appeal. With the R35 now being a separate line from the humble Skyline, Nissan has had the freedom to be a bit more adventurous.

To illustrate what a potential next-generation GT-R may look like, I've glimpsed into the supercar library of design and created a rather…orange offering: Using the current version as inspiration, I've expanded the appeal further by adding prominent visual elements to exude a more radical look.

For example, the grille has evolved from a simple-edged opening into an multi-curved shield graphic. This is aided by large side intakes incorporating DRL's, with outer character lines sweeping over the front wheel arches. The headlights are a more radical take on Nissan's current design theme; the angular details and graphics make a statement against the more mainstream headlight affairs. Whilst the cabin greenhouse carries similarities with the current car, the roofline has been massaged - now incorporating driver and passenger domes for increased dynamic vibrancy.

The angled, vertical vent behind the front wheels has been re-formed; now with a character line spreading back into the rear air-intake scoop. This area in the current car is rather flat; so to increase visual impact, the outer edge of the rear vents float over the bodywork, leading up into the roofline. I'll be first to admit this design aspect is not new - variations of this can be found on the new Lancia Stratos and Ford Falcon Mad Max Interceptor concept.

Overall, what I've proposed has an aggressive and purposeful appearance; it still retains DNA that links it visually to the current R35, yet moves boundaries further on from typical Japanese automotive design. What do you think - is this the direction the Nissan GT-R should head? Let us know in the comments below.

By Josh Byrnes

Renderings Copyright: CarScoop / Josh Byrnes


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18 comments:

  1. Josh, you have extraordinary talent in rendering but this is just...yeah.

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  2. the wheel arch area looks out of balance

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  3. CarolineFournierJanuary 28, 2013

    Sorry, I can't see a GT-R in this drawing.

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  4. lacutis2012 lacutisJanuary 28, 2013

    There are some very good ideas and elements like the headlights,wheel arches .. but the silhouette looks like a block of cheese

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  5. they are fast, but oh so ugly

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  6. It is that most incredible car.

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  7. If it was up to me, the design wouldn't change at all for the next generation. I think the GT-R is one of the greatest looking cars on the market with it's timeless and yet very modern style. However what I would change are the technical ingredients: high reving V8 in the front, around 4-4.5l displacement with somewhere around 450-500hp and RWD-setup with a stick shift transaxle. This GT-R would probably be slower than the current one but it's certainly lighter and in my eyes much much cooler!!

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  8. Kill it with fire!

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  9. I don't think the current gt-r has anything to worry about especially from the 911. Nissan has done a great job every year with all the updating and tweaks it has made to this car. And in the looks department its aging very well. I think this current body style could go on for another 3 years. I just hope to god it doesn't look like that orange blob of a rendering. Just a crazy idea for the powertrain though so you guys don't get all crazy on me but I think it would be pretty badazz in the next gen if they use the 5.6L v8 from the M56 and twin turbo it out and place it behind the front axel and have a hybrid system housed in the rear in front of the rear axel to keep the weight distribution even. But who knows what to expect cuz remember Renault, Nissan and Merc have a threesome going on rite now so don't be suprised if pretty soon we some gt-r prototypes coming in out of Mercedes compounds.

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  10. hässlich! ugly!

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  11. There's something about the lines of the R-32 than beckon for a retro inspired redesign.

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  12. I think its way too front heavy. Belt line is high, the roof is low. The rear fender vent does what?

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  13. I like it. The roof is a bit too low to be practical. Raise that a bit, and I think it's perfect.

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  14. I'm still wondering the same thing about the new Stingray's rear vents too.

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  15. Nissan!! Are you seeing this. Better get down to business

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  16. Something is missing and I can't put my finger on it...

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