Nissan Still Weighing Its Options On The R36 GT-R’s Powertrain

Nissan is in no rush to introduce a successor to the current R35 GT-R. So much so, it makes no secret of the fact that it has yet to decide what kind of powertrain it will use.

GT-R chief product specialist Hiroshi Tamura was in attendance at the recent Australian launch of the 50th Anniversary Edition Nissan GT-R and 370Z models this week and revealed to Car Sales the car manufacturer is still weighing its options.

“I have it in my mind, but not for outside. So nobody knows. I cannot tell you. But I can say, imagining for a next-generation [car] is already in a chat. Talking about the solutions,” he said.

Also Read: Nissan Prices 2020 GT-R From $113,540, NISMO From $210,740; Drops Over 120 Photos Too

Quizzed about whether they are considering a hybrid or all-electric powertrain, Tamura replied that Nissan’s board hasn’t yet reached a decision.

“I have to wait. I am just the GT-R lead conductor for the orchestra. The company will show me the members of the orchestra. They need to decide who will play the violin and who will play the trumpet,” he said. “My point is what kind of technology do we need to install? Twenty years is the timing of the breakthroughs in technology. It is easy to understand about some current expansion way, but if we need to break through… it is a different story. It depends on the company direction.”

There is absolutely no doubt that Nissan will launch a replacement to the R35, but we will likely have to wait quite some time before that happens. Tamura reiterated previous assertions from the car manufacturer that, while the R35 is 12 years old, it’s not particularly long in the tooth in the history of the Skyline. In fact, the same basic architecture and powertrain was used for the R32, R33, and R34-generation models, so Nissan clearly thinks it has time on its side before the R35 needs to be retired.

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  • Bo Hanan

    Mid-engined R36 would be a new direction and probably come in at $300K.

    • Alduin

      LOL no Nissan is remotely worth $300k.

  • Ben

    I don’t know where the R36 would go from here, price wise. You can’t charge $215k for your last generation vehicle, which is no longer cutting edge, then release an improved product for much less. Its a bad look. Will the GTR now always be a six figure vehicle? Is Godzilla no longer a champion of the people?

    And yes, I know, “its the NISMO that’s $200K+, not the normal spec R35”. However, if you look at the numbers, you’d need to purchase that NISMO to be competitive with peers the “normal” R35 was blowing away 5-7 years ago. I just don’t see Nissan releasing an R36 that starts where the R35 left off for under $150k-$170k.

    • Astonman

      Good point

  • Six_Tymes

    “Timing is everything.” They are smart to take their time and evaluating the current industry changes.

    • Ben

      Seems like Nissan has “paralysis by analysis” lately. They’re not pulling the trigger on large projects. They’re not adding or killing models in a strategic way. They’re just….floating along. I can’t honestly think of another automaker with more dated models.

  • Honda NSX-R

    What about the Nissan Z?
    Nissan: ………

  • Alduin

    Honestly just kill it already. Stagnant product line full of garbage in Nissans archaic lineup.

  • one of our cars rivals just revealed a 60’000 dollar mid engine supercar killer… what should we do?

    make it twice the price and 1000 pounds heavier by making it a Hybrid or EV? GENIOUS!!!

  • Incoherent

    The C8 corvette is your benchmark now. Reuse the old and proven vr38dett and put it in a mid engine chassis. If you can make it AWD at 70$k you win.

  • Endera A

    Hybrid twin turbo Inline 6 + Manual transmission Option + AWD as Allways. Try to make it lighter and a little bit cheaper, their is no need for a heavy monster.

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