It’s been rumored lately that the next-generation Nissan GT-R will feature a hybrid powertrain, and now the automaker has confirmed its flagship sports car will feature electrification.
According to Nissan’s Andy Palmer, the next-generation Nissan GT-R will turn to a hybrid powertrain to not only lower emissions, but to boost performance. The current Nissan GT-R is a beast on and off the track, boasting a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine with 542 hp and 463 lb-ft of torque. Undoubtedly, Nissan plans to improve on that and using electrification to do so isn’t a surprise given that both the LaFerrari and McLaren P1 are hybrids.
“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 hybridization on the next generation of car,” Palmer told AutoCar while referring to the GT-R.
In addition, Palmer confirmed that once the Nissan GT-R Nismo is available, it will follow the more mainstream car’s policy of getting annual model-year revisions. Nissan hopes to tweak its GT-R Nismo each year with aerodynamic and engine changes to improve its performance.
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