After months of speculation suggesting that the 2016 Nissan GT-R would receive hybrid power, the company’s engineering, sales and marketing boss has confirmed the news.
It isn’t all that surprising that Nissan is interested in venturing down the hybrid route for its latest supercar as the LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder are shining examples of just how effective such systems can be.
Andy Palmer said, “There is an inevitability about electrification of all cars in the future, and there is the very real prospect of enhancements coming from it on a sports car like the Nissan GT-R. 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.”
As it stands now, the regular 2014 Nissan GT-R is fitted with a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 engine which seemingly receives a power boost every year of two. As it stands, the latest Nissan GT-R produces 545 hp and 463 lb-ft of torque making for a 0-100 km/h sprint of just 2.9 seconds.
Williams is a likely candidate to help provide and develop the hybrid powertrain for the next-gen Nissan GT-R.
this should be interesting. Hybrid power…I hope they will make it well