The second generation Nissan GT-R is said to arrive in 2019. According to a report from Motoring.com.au, the development of the next-gen m0del has been shifted to North America and Europe. Moreover, the all-new model will spawn a four-door sedan for Infiniti.
The report says that Nissan Motor Company is keen to have an Infiniti rival for the Mercedes-AMG, BMW M and the Audi RS models in the high-performance sedan segment. Thus, an ‘Infiniti GT-R’ is planned to sit at the top of the Infiniti lineup and it will coexist with the two-door Nissan GT-R sports car.
“Our research has shown that there is a move in high performance car manufacturing towards four-door sedans. In addition to the high performance sedans at Mercedes, BMW and Audi, just look at the more recent Porsche Panamera and Aston Martin Rapide, and even the Lamborghini Estoque,” a source close to Nissan told the publication.
Both the cars are expected to get a hybrid powertrain. The gasoline motor could be a detuned version of the 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 that featured in the GT-R LM Nismo that took part in the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The report further states that the R&D of the next GT-R has moved overseas as areas of Europe and North America are perceived to have a more active car and motorsport culture than Japan. This news is contrary to the rumours that the development of the GT-R had stalled.
In June 2013, Nissan’s motorsport division NISMO joined hands with Williams Advanced Engineering (a subsidiary of Williams F1), to produce performance-oriented passenger cars and this new company is said to be doing most of the development work of the new GT-R.
[News Source: Motoring.com.au]