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Nissan GT-R Italdesign Photo: Supplied
Nissan GT-R Italdesign Photo: Supplied
 
 
Andrew Maclean | Jul, 16 2018 | 0 Comments

Godzilla is about to get angry - again!

Japan's iconic sports car, the Nissan GT-R - which earned the nickname after its domination of touring car racing in the early 1990s - is set to challenge the fastest cars on the planet, according to Nissan's design boss Alfonso Albaisa.

Speaking to British automotive outlet Autocar at the Goodwood Festival of the Speed on the weekend, Albaisa laid down some bold targets for the next-generation GT-R, claiming "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."

The R36 - as it is likely to be called - is still years away from hitting showrooms, however, as Albaisa said the engineering team is still developing the basic architecture of the program, and debating how much electric assistance the powertrain will consist of, whether it will be a plug-in hybrid, a fully electric car or remain powered by a conventional combustion engine.

“The challenge is on the engineer, to be honest,” he told Autocar.

“We will do our jobs when the time comes to make the car something really special. But we’re not even close to that yet.

“Whether we go to a lot of electrification or none at all, we can achieve a lot power wise,” he added.

“But we are definitely making a new ‘platform’ and our goal is clear: GT-R has to be the quickest car of its kind. It has to ‘own’ the track. And it has to play the advanced technology game; but that doesn’t mean it has to be electric.”

The current Nissan GT-R is one of the oldest sports cars on-sale today, having first been introduced in Australia in 2008. During the last decade it has been updated numerous times through a series of minor cosmetic changes while power from the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 has increased from 353kW when it was first launched to 441kW in the flagship Nismo GT-R.

Nissan revealed a special model, the GT-R50, designed by Italian coachbuilders and design house, Italdesign, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which features unique bodywork, a re-worked interior and an upgraded engine that now produces 530kW of power. It has expressed a desire to produce a limited run of 50 road going versions, each costing more than $1.4million.

 

 

 
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