NISMO Allegedly Taking Charge of Next-Gen GT-R

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole
The Nissan GT-R is a supercar in the truest sense of the word. It combines dynamite acceleration with tenacious all-wheel-drive grip and more technology than Silicon Valley. This formula adds up to performance that can top the some of the finest exotics in the world for a fraction of the price. The second-generation of the car promises even more.

Today’s version of the GT-R launched half-a-dozen years ago and even after all that time it’s still an amazing machine. Upping the ante a NISMO version of the car is expected to launch sometime in 2013.

Still, after six whole years this two-door is about ready to be replaced and rumor has it the next-generation, internally referred to as the R36 is expected to launch as a 2016 model. It’s also rumored to feature a hybrid drivetrain.

SUGO, Japan (Nov. 5, 2012) – Kazutoshi Mizuno is leading the continuing evolution of the Nissan GT-R, acting not just as chief engineer, but as the supercar's main frontman and cheerleader.
Additionally, if whispers on the internet are true Kazutoshi Mizuno, the father of today’s R35 model will not be involved with the new car. Apparently he’s been pushed aside by Nissan’s mandatory retirement age.

Beyond this, it’s rumored that development of the next GT-R is being handled directly by NISMO, not Nissan, something Mizuno is evidently not happy about. Still, the car should be in capable hands, after all NISMO is responsible for developing and engineering racecars. Some of that high-performance DNA couldn’t hurt the upcoming GT-R, a product we’re very interested in learning more about.

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[Source: MotorAuthority]

Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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