The next Nissan GT-R is still several years out, but when it arrives, Nissan is aiming for it to be the “fastest super sports car in the world.”
Speaking to Autocar at this past weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, Nissan design boss Alfonso Albaisa revealed the next-generation GT-R will ride on a new platform and will put an emphasis on track performance, saying the car will “own” the racetrack. The vehicle isn’t close to production, however, with Nissan saying it hasn’t yet decided on whether it will tap a hybrid powertrain, or rely solely on an internal combustion engine to deliver on its lofty performance goals.
“Whether we go to a lot of electrification or none at all, we can achieve a lot power wise,” Albaisa said. “But we are definitely making a new ‘platform’ and our goal is clear: GT-R has to be the quickest car of its kind.”
“We simply have to reflect people’s dreams; and I think people dream that the next GT-R will be the hottest super sports car in the world,” he added.
Albaisa is currently reviewing sketches of the next GT-R and is aiming for it to be “really special,” styling wise. It won’t take after the recently revealed GT-R50 styling exercise that was built to mark the nameplate’s 50th anniversary, but will retain the R35’s squarish shape, he revealed. Albaisa even went so far as to say the R35’s replacement will be “the world’s fastest brick.”
“It doesn’t care what every other supercar in the world is doing; it simply says: ‘I’m a GT-R, I’m a brick, catch me,'” the Cuban-born American said.
“And when I review sketches for the new car, I say that a lot: ‘Less wing, more brick.'”
With design and engineering work on the next GT-R in its very earl stages, it’s likely we won’t see the vehicle for another four or five years at the earliest.
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