Nissan Design Chief Claims Next GT-R Will Be “The World’s Fastest Brick”

Nissan is still in a very early stage of designing and engineering a completely new platform for the next-gen GT-R. In fact, the Japanese manufacturer has still to decide if, and how, it will implement electrification on the model’s new powertrain.

Nevertheless, Nissan’s design boss Alfonso Albaisa told Autocar that the next GT-R will not take styling cues from the GTR-50 that made its world debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Instead, he claimed, Nissan’s halo performance car “has to be its own special car” as well as “the fastest super sports car in the world”.

While Albaisa is constantly reviewing design proposals for the new GT-R, he admitted that his team can’t begin serious work until decisions about the powertrain and new platform are finalized.

“The challenge is on the engineer, to be honest,” he said. “We will do our jobs when the time comes to make the car something really special. But we’re not even close to that yet.”

This means that a new GT-R is still years away from production, with Nissan most likely to bring it into the market early in the next decade.

Nissan Vision 2020 Concept

Albaisa admitted that electrification for the next GT-R is likely, but not confirmed at this point. “Whether we go to a lot of electrification or none at all, we can achieve a lot power wise,” he said. “But we are definitely making a new ‘platform’ and our goal is clear: GT-R has to be the quickest car of its kind. It has to ‘own’ the track. And it has to play the advanced technology game; but that doesn’t mean it has to be electric.”

Nissan had previously developed a hybrid powertrain with a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 for the stillborn 2016 LMP1 GT-R race car, providing a possible glimpse of what’s to come.

With the current GT-R offering 562hp in its standard form, it’s not that hard to imagine a successor offering way over 600hp.

“We simply have to reflect people’s dreams; and I think people dream that the next GT-R will be the hottest super sports car in the world,” said Albaisa. Nissan’s design boss added that the car would retain the muscular character of the R35: “It’s an animal; it has to be imposing and excessive. Not in terms of its wings, but rather its visual mass, its presence and its audacity.

“It doesn’t care what every other supercar in the world is doing; it simply says: ‘I’m a GT-R, I’m a brick, catch me.’ It’s the world’s fastest brick, really. And when I review sketches for the new car, I say that a lot: “Less wing, more brick.’”

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Opening image credit: Goodwood

 

  • KSegg

    “World’s Fastest Brick”…..is not something to be proud of, or aspire to. But to each their own. This is coming from a company that still sells a virtually unchanged 2009 370Z in 2018, so set your expectations low.

    • donald seymour

      It’s their company’s culture and I don’t necessarily believe that makes them a horrible company. It makes them a very slow company but not a horrible company.

    • Elpatore

      They must be trying really hard, its got to be more difficult to be worse than GM than it is to be better.

    • Mike anonymous

      Well I get the feeling that when they say “brick” they may be referring to it’s very sharp (slightly “boxy”) design.

      Also regarding the design of the next GT-R, Expect it to look VERY similar to the 2015 (updated version) (shown below in red) of the Nissan.
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5ae9d29a02d9cd03118d9c8af6adccd2e90c8dfae03e932765a19f5ec5a875f1.png

      Also I disagree with the “GM” comment you made. 1; Your either being WAY to hard on Nissan, OR 2; You giving GM WAY to much credit. (I’m leaning towards the latter of the two).

  • Honda NSX-R

    And no next gen Z 🙁

    • Dude

      Combine the 370 and gtr… offer 2 or 3 potent engine options. Everyone wins.

      • KSegg

        Where’s that other “Dude”.

        • Dude

          He’s about these pages somewhere, lol!!

        • Dude[Check JoinDate InProfile]

          I’m the real one

    • Mr. EP9

      I’m still convinced they’re going to make it a crossover.

      • Honda NSX-R

        I’m convinced there won’t be any new Z.

  • MORE UGLY FROM NISSAN.

    • Dude

      DUDE, SO MUCH UGLY MY EYES ARE IN PAIN.

  • Six_Tymes

    everyone here is complaining, the complainers no longer hold appreciation for workmanship. If Nissan’s GT-R team don’t make it futuristic looking, all of you complainers would complain again. GO NISSAN make another special GT-R, i for one know you can.

    • Dude

      Thats a lot of execution trust in, ummmmm,…. Nissan.

    • Eythan Aldrich

      finally, a good comment

  • Dude[Check JoinDate InProfile]

    Not sure why they’d use that descriptor but whatever. I’m excited.

    • Dude

      Yeah, here he is.

      • Dude

        What’s that dude saying now?

  • Bo Hanan

    Devils in the details. What is meant by “super sports car?” With that vague title Nissan has a lot of room to play with the definitiopn. Especially if the car isn’t the fastest.

    • Dude

      To be fastest 5 year from now, we’re talking 0 – 62 in like 1.25 seconds, right? Top end 240+ mph? Oh and price will be 250k$+ at least.
      Good luck with that Nissan.

  • Mr. EP9

    Well I’m glad they aren’t taking styling cues from Italdesign’s GT-R50 but I do hope it doesn’t look anything like that GT Vision concept either. Both are ugly. How about having it look decent and not screw it up? Also, I’m setting my expectations REALLY low just in case.

    • Dude

      Supra low?

      • Mr. EP9

        Nah, lower.

        • Dude

          Dang, that IS low.

    • Leconte Dave

      It will

  • Astonman

    Well that’s a big bummer – I was hoping the new car was around the corner – but looks to be a minimum 3 years off. Sheesh!

  • Dude

    There are 4 at last count. Ridiculous!!

  • Dude[Check JoinDate InProfile]

    That’s outstanding 🤣. Though it seems like there’s more because the weirdo @spiderholefantome:disqus kept changing his name to kind of match mine. So for future reference. @DudeOriginal1:disqus is me, the original, the amazing, the insightful Dude. The other is a wannabe

  • dubfun

    Does this mean they are attempting to take the “fastest brick” title away from the Dodge Challenger?

  • Big Black Duck

    thought the world’s fastest brick is the Demon?

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