Nissan’s next all-new ‘Godzilla’ GT-R performer, for the most part, will not break away from its current format, with rumours of a mid-engined design reported again this week to be untrue.
However, fans have for sometime now expected that the next GT-R will embrace hybrid power, and a new interview with Nissan's Chief Creative Office, Shiro Nakamura, adds credence to those reports.
“[The] GT-R will always be a front-engined 2+2 seater coupe,” Mr Nakamura told the UK's Top Gear this week.
“It will be a hybrid, but not mid-engined.”
Mr Nakamura said the new powertrain will bring improved performance, but whether the next GT-R can better the current model’s 2.8 second 0-100km/h time or not is unclear.
As for the new GT-R’s styling, Mr Nakamura declared “not one of them is close” when asked if any of the renderings floating around the internet had stumbled upon Godzilla’s new look.
Instead, fans can expect the new design to be inspired by the Grand Turismo Vision Concept 2020 (pictured, top of page), with Mr Nakamura saying elements from the concept’s front and rear may appear in the new model.
But that’s about it, as the concept’s mid-engined layout means it’s remaining styling elements are of little use to a future GT-R designer.
The design chief reportedly added that no convertible or crossover versions of the GT-R are in the pipeline, and we can expect the covers to come off the new model in 2018 “at the earliest”.
In the meantime, Australian customers can expect Nissan’s annual GT-R update to arrive in local showrooms early this year.