There have been a number of speculations and claims in the media about the second generation Nissan GT-R. Some of them indicated that the all-new model will arrive in 2018 and go on sale in 2019.
An earlier report from Motoring.com.au said that the launch will happen in 2017. Now the same publication is saying that the next-gen Nissan GT-R launch has been ‘delayed’ (from 2017) to 2018.
Citing undisclosed sources, the new report suggests that the 2018 Nissan GT-R will be inspired by the Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo that was most recently unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show in Fire Knight red body colour. Production of the current GT-R will be temporarily stopped this month and restarted in mid-2016, to make some changes to meet crash test regulations in USA.
According to the report, the delay of up to six months is to give more rigidity to the car by reinforcing the roof and some body panels, as well as tweak the “some interior trim” and body panels. This has pushed back the production timeline of the second generation model to 2018.
The 2018 Nissan GT-R will be powered by a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain that incorporates an electrically-assisted detuned version of the twin-turbo V6 engine from the company’s GT-R LM NISMO race car’s hybrid powertrain which will make the GT-R 30% more efficient. Till the next generation model arrives, the current one may come with more power, Philippe Klein, Chief Planning Officer, Nissan, recently hinted.