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Next-gen 2017 Nissan GT-R to come with hybrid power – report

December 22, 2012

Although it isn’t expected for some time yet, 2017 in fact, some more details are coming through on the next generation Nissan GT-R, including speak of a hybrid powertrain to help cut emissions and fuel consumption.

(Infiniti Essense concept shown)

The current 2013 Nissan GT-R (on sale in Australia on February 1), although extremely quick (0-100km/h in 2.7 seconds), does come at a fairly hefty price other than the showroom cost; an official average fuel economy of 11.7L/100km.

According to a recent Motor Trend report in the US, Nissan engineers are looking to meet the demands of the market and tightening emissions regulations for the next all-new GT-R. So far three powertrain possibilities are said to be under consideration.

The first is a modified version of the V8 hybrid that propels the Infiniti M35h. It features a 3.5-litre petrol V8 paired with an electric motor, producing a combined output of 268kW. Obviously power for the next-gen GT-R would dwarf that figure by quite a margin.

Another possibility is a hybrid version of the 3.7-litre twin-turbo V6 found in the Infiniti Essense concept car (pictured). In the concept, power levels are up at a much more GT-R-like 440kW.

Either of these options will require hard work from engineers to keep weight to a minimum, especially with the already relatively heavy GT-R foundations.

The third avenue Nissan may go down is a ‘turbo compressor and generator setup’. This could involve adding a motor to a similar version of the current GT-R running gear, with the motor incorporated into the rear differential.

Whatever option Nissan goes for, the new model is very likely to feature technologies such as stop-start and cylinder-deactivation to further boost economy.

As mentioned, a new GT-R is still some time away. It is good to know Nissan is going to continue to offer the performance icon though, even in this day and age of industry-changing environmental laws and restrictions. The report says at least two more model updates based on the current version will be released before an all-new model.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.