While work on the R36-generation Nissan GT-R supercar has already commenced, the Japanese marque has revealed that it won’t launch until 2020 at the earliest.
This means that the current GT-R will soldier on for a further five years meaning when it is eventually phased out, it would have been produced for about 13 years.
It is reported that development of the next GT-R has been pushed back as Nissan is apparently halting production of the existing model for over six months in order to comply with strict new crash regulations in the United States.
Speaking with Motoring, Nissan Australia managing director Richard Emery said “To be honest the company is not even talking about it. We are close to the life cycle in terms of cars now and in the future. In terms of direct conversation around GT-R, it’s not on the horizon. It’s certainly not 2018, and I can’t see it even in 2019. It’s not on the product plan list for that period.”
While the car is so far from being launched, Nissan recently revealed that the engine of the new GT-R will be related to the insane twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 of the GT-R LM Nismo LMP1 racer. Alongside this engine, the new GT-R will use hybrid technology co-developed with Williams and is tipped to pump out between 600 and 800 hp.