New Nissan GT-R R36 will not get a hybrid engine

New Nissan GT-R R36 will not get a hybrid engine

April 29, 2019 0 By autotimesnews

Despite the desire of Nissan to equip all its new models with hybrid engines, the new generation of the Nissan GT-R sports car will not be equipped with this type of engines. As stated by the chief expert on the model, the brand does not want to make a more expensive sports car.

So far, Nissan has not yet given the green light to the new R36, as it has not yet been decided whether to make the car on a completely new platform that supports hybrid engines, or update the chassis from the current Nissan GT-R R35. According to Hiroshi Tamura, the last option is most likely.

“Do you really want a hybrid engine for the GT-R? 99% of our customers said no, thank you,” – said Tamura to Motor1.com at the New York Auto Show.

Adapting a hybrid engine that would increase both power and GT-R torque is not a problem for a Nissan sports car. Another thing is that such a power unit will seriously increase the cost of the car, which is unacceptable for the company.

According to Tamura, the hybrid component will make the car 200 pounds heavier and add at least $ 10,000 to the cost of the car. Nissan is not yet ready to take such a step, despite long-time rumors about the creation of a hybrid GT-R.

Currently, the brand is satisfied with the sales volume of the sports car, which is about 2,000–3,000 units annually, which is not bad for a niche and fairly old model. Unlike Toyota, which created the new Supra in conjunction with BMW, Nissan has no partners and the company is working independently on the GT-R.

Tamura also explained that in the tradition of Nissan to make a new platform for the GT-R every 20 years. In 1989, when the sports car of the R32 generation appeared, its platform was then used by the R33 and R34. And only released in 2007, the R35 was built on a completely new platform, so you can not expect to change the chassis until 2027.