Nissan Says Next GT-R R36 will be Hybrid and Look Something Like This; Confirms R35 Facelift

Nissan is brewing up a replacement for its lauded GT-R with the brand’s execs essentially confirming the use of a hybrid powertrain.

Nissan Great Britain’s sports car chief, James Oliver, spoke to Top Gear magazine and said the next GT-R, codenamed R36, will “embrace electric power” and be even faster than the already outrageously fast R35.

“I think it [a GT-R hybrid] is the obvious direction,” Oliver told the publication. “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,” he added.

“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 explained.

While the Nissan chief declined to disclose details about the R36’s powerhouse, we think that it will be closely related to the new unit found in the  Infiniti Q80 Concept from the 2014 Paris Auto Show.

Infiniti’s four-door coupe study premiered a new high-performance hybrid powertrain consisting of a twin turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 and an electric motor for a combined 550hp. The next GT-R could feature the same or a similar setup – perhaps with one or more additional electric motors.

When asked about the sports car’s looks, Oliver pointed to Nissan’s Vision 2020 Concept for the Gran Turismo 6 racing game describing it as a “design study” for the GT-R R36. We interpret this as that the R36 will be heavily influenced from the concept pictured below.

He also answered a question in regards to Nissan’s pricing policy stating that, “the overall approach will be performance on a par with much more expensive cars at a relatively affordable price”. That doesn’t really mean much, though, as in the U.S., for example, the GT-R’s entry price shot up by more than 45 percent over the years, from $69,850 in 2008, to $101,770 in 2014.

Oliver didn’t say when Nissan will release the R36, but Nissan’s chief creative officer Shiro Nakamura told Autocar that it’s “three to four years away”, which places its introduction in 2017 or 2018, at least a year later than what we previously thought.

Both Nakamura and Oliver confirmed a facelift for the current R35. “We’ve been improving it all the time,” said Nakamura,  “and there’s still room to improve.”

Oliver said something along the same lines: “I think we need to keep developing it and squeezing every last ounce of performance out of it. I think that our customers really value and respect the fact that it’s being constantly honed and refined.”

This means the partially camouflaged GT-R with the modified front end that we spied earlier this month in Germany is likely the facelifted model mentioned by the Nissan execs.

*Note: Nissan Vision 2020 Concept pictured

Photo Gallery

  • Miami.Built.

    There’s no question will never look exactly like that. Though I think Renault and Mercedes will help with developing a potent motoring system. That said let’s see if the NSX does or doesn’t end up outdoing Nissan.

  • Miami.Built.

    Of course it’s being made but it won’t look like that. SImilar outrageous renderings were done with r32 and even the NSX and look how they turned out. The idea for now is to get the hype and interest going no doubt they’ll end up dumbing it down a notch or two.

  • Miami.Built.

    It’s possible. 😆

  • Miami.Built.

    Pffft. Nissan loves fans just like you bruh. 😂😂😆

  • Miami.Built.

    That won’t be easy as GM has been seriously stepping up their game. And Honda will be keeping a close eye on the hybrid GT-R to beat it with the NSX. But we’ll see. One thing is for sure the car will be a far far cry from this rendering.

  • robert lulek

    Funny you say that. I have 2014 Aventador Roadster. While I like the performance of GTR I have always thought they were so UGLY and could not bring myself to like it. This concept MOST DEFINITELY would change my mind and I would buy it!!

  • Austin Burgenstock

    It looks gross;-;

2020 BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe Teased Ahead Of Tomorrow’s Debut

BMW is finally ready to fully embrace front-wheel drive sedans.

Hyundai And Kia Settle Class Action Lawsuits Over 2.0- And 2.4-Liter GDI Engines

The settlement covers approximately 4.1 million vehicles in the United States.

Audi Grounds Their Flying Car Project

The company has suspended work on the project and is reviewing their partnership with Airbus.

Pimp Your 2020 Chrysler Pacifica With Official Red S Edition Package For $3,995

The Red S Edition package is available for 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Limited gas and hybrid models and focuses mostly on the interior.

Morris Commercial Teases Their Carbon Fiber-Bodied Electric Delivery Van

The upcoming model draws inspiration from the 1950’s Morris J-type van.

Buick Puts Bigger Battery Into China’s Velite 6 EV, Extends Range To 255 Miles

The new version of Buick’s EV gains an 148 HP electric motor and a 52.5 kWh battery pack, which extends its range by 68 miles.

Jeep Gladiator XMT Unveiled As A Light Tactical Military Truck

The Gladiator XMT could go into production during the second half of next year.

Hyundai Nexo And Tucson FCVs Have Racked Up Over 8.4 Million Miles In The U.S.

Despite not selling in high numbers, mainly due to the limited refueling infrastructure, the two models have covered a distance equal to 17 round-trip journeys to the surface of the Moon.

2020 Acura ILX Hits Showrooms, Retains Last Year’s $25,900 Starting Price

The 2020 ILX features available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, plus the AcuraWatch safety suite as standard.

Driver Filmed Begging Trucker Not To Dump Burning Trash That Caused Deadly California Wildfire

The man sensed the danger and begged for the trucker not to dump the burning garbage so close to a field, but to no avail.