Revealed back in 2007, the GT-R lost its flair over the years. The car is no longer the cheap sports car that was able to beat pretty much any super car on the road. On top of that, the 2017 update gave it a refinement which it didn’t had and together with a price tag of more than $110,000, the GT-R is not a true Grand Tourer and not much else. It still is quite fast but it can no longer match the likes of the 488GTB or the Lamborghini Huracan. While we did hope for a new model before 2018, a month ago Nissan said that the upcoming GT-R has been delayed until at least 2020. Shortly after that rumors about the 2021 Nissan GT-R started to surface and so far it seems that these rumors may be true.
The car is more than likely going to be released by the end of 2020. This way Nissan will be able to look at the successor for the 488GTB and the Huracan and make the necessary adjustments to their design in order to come up on top.
So far Nissan only released the 2020 GT-R concept which looks a lot more like a mid-engine car than anything else. It has its cabin moved towards the front, the rear end is noticeably longer than the GT-R and it is quite a bit lower and wider as well. So far it has not been confirmed that the R36 is going to be a mid-engine car.
Some people did suggest that and it would make sense as why Nissan delayed the upcoming model for so long. It seems that they want to compete on the same level with Ferrari and Lamborghini and likely beat them at their own game. If this will be the case then expect the future GT-R to cost in excess of $200,000. While this seems highly unlikely, let’s not forget that the R35 was more than 60% more expensive than the older R34.
Just a concept?
Even if the 2020 Vision Gran Turismo is just a concept, it clearly shows where Nissan wants to be in a few years. Because of that it would make a lot of sense for the 2021 Nissan GT-R to incorporate plenty of the design seen on the concept in the production model.
Even if it has not been confirmed, we expect the upcoming GT-R to be a groundbreaking vehicle, similar to what the R35 was in its time. This means that it will more than likely feature a mid-mounted engine. This will also happen with a few of its rivals such as the Corvette so it would make sense to do the transition in order to remain on top.
This new type of design would likely mean that the car will be made out of carbon fiber with very little aluminum and steel. This should keep the weight down and allow the R36 to be faster than its rivals. The finished design will likely be very different from the concept but some of the design traits such as the muscular fenders or the large rear wing should also be seen in the production vehicle.
What will power it?
A hybrid has been on everyone’s minds ever since that particular concept was released. While this may be the case, we are not so sure about it. All of its rivals stuck with gas powered engines because they are light and make great companions for a true super car.
Also, Nissan has plenty of other cars to offset the carbon emission of such an engine, so we are quite sure that the 2021 Nissan GT-R is going to feature a gas powered drivetrain. At this point we believe that Nissan may release a new engine for their car. Some suggested that they may work on a new V6 twin-turbocharged engine which was seen as the VRX on the GT-R LM Nismo.
This is an evolution of the current powertrain and it would make in excess of 500 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque. However, Nissan also worked with Mercedes recently and they may get to receive an AMG engine for the GT-R. This would make for a really interesting partnership which would go a long way.
If this is going to be the case then expect a 4 liter V8 tuned specifically for the GT-R with as much as 600 horsepower. Also, all wheel drive, the defining trait of the R35, is more than likely going to be a standard feature.