Nissan GT-R Successor Confirmed, But Not Until 2018

Nissan GT-R Successor Confirmed, But Not Until 2018
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Rumors regarding the next-generation Nissan GT-R started surfacing late last month, perhaps hinting that there wouldn’t be a successor to the popular sports car. The GT-R’s chief engineer debunked those rumors though, and it appears that the automaker is planning for the next GT-R to debut in 2018.

Originally scheduled to arrive in 2015, the GT-R’s successor won’t come for several years now since Kazutoshi Mizuno took a leave of absence due to health problems. It was speculated that Mizuno had retired from Nissan, but has since returned and is once again heading the GT-R’s development.

To hold us over until 2018, the GT-R will get a major refresh at the end of next year. 2013 will be the GT-R’s sixth year in production, so major changes are expected as unnecessary as it may seem. Chances are the styling will be redesigned, with new bumpers and lights, but will mostly resemble the GT-R of today.

With how incredible the GT-R’s performance is, we can’t blame Nissan taking its time to create its successor. Anything that isn’t an improvement to the current model would be considered a disappointment. The Japanese automaker is also keeping a close eye on future competitors, especially the Acura NSX, and will undoubtedly do all that it can to stay towards the top of the heap.

GALLERY: 2012 Nissan GT-R

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[Source: Inside Line]