R36 Nissan GT-R could get 700hp Nismo LM hybrid engine

Holy hell, Nissan may install a 515kW hybrid powertrain into the next-gen ‘R36’ GT-R, borrowed from the 2015 GT-R LM Nismo race car.

Nissan 2020 Vision Gran Turismo concept

When it comes to a car like the GT-R, punters expect something game-changing in the powertrain department, and the next-generation GT-R is on track to keep the public very, very happy.

Reports are indicating that it may be powered by a detuned version of the powertrain installed in the GT-R LM Nismo race car (below). The engine in that is a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 that works in harmony with an electric motor system.

The end result is a combined output of more than 919kW, with 560kW generated from the internal combustion engine alone. Rumor has it the electric motor will remain unchanged for the production model, while the internal combustion engine will be detuned leaving around 515kW.

Of the few details that have been confirmed by Nissan, the engine will be positioned in the front of the car, despite rumours of a mid-engined GT-R making its way to production. Don’t hold your breath just yet though, the new model isn’t expected to arrive until 2017 or beyond.

The GT-R LM Nismo is a race car designed for the LMP1-H division of the legendary Le Mans event, taking place on the weekend of June 13-14.

Note: Nissan 2020 Vision Gran Turismo concept shown above

2015 Nissan GT-R LM Nismo