Next Nissan GT-R to be fastest supercar in the world?

Joanna Estrada
July 18, 2018

In terms of performance specifications, the GT-R Nismo (above) claims a 0-100 time of just 2.7 seconds, so it's unclear just how much quicker Nissan wants the next one to be. Here is what they have to say about it now. Alfonso Albaisa who is Nissan's Design head in an interview to Autocar said that next GT-R won't be taking designs from GTR-50. He also reiterated the fact that the Italdesign GT-R50 isn't a preview of things to come for Nissan's top-spec sports auto.

"We are definitely making a new "platform" and our goal is clear: GT-R has to be the quickest vehicle of its kind". Totally wrong to imagine; Albaisa disclosed that the design team is yet to begin work on the supercar and that the powertrain hasn't been decided yet.

Nissan revealed a special model, the GT-R50, designed by Italian coachbuilders and design house, Italdesign, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which features unique bodywork, a re-worked interior and an upgraded engine that now produces 530kW of power.

From the information revealed, the new GT-R will be sitting on a new platform and the exterior sketches created to reflect the expected performance, but since the internals are yet to be decided, the body is still a mystery. It has to own the track.

"The challenge is on the engineer, to be honest", he told Autocar.

The designer further said that the Godzilla replacement would "play the advanced technology game".

Albaisa admitted that electrification for the next GT-R is likely, but not confirmed at this point. It doesn't care what every other supercar in the world is doing; it simply says: 'I'm a GT-R, I'm a brick, catch me'.

Styling-wise, Albaisa says the would not resemble the just-unveiled GT-R50 special edition cars, but that, like the current auto, it would be "imposing", have "presence" and be a "beast", even going so far as to call the hefty-looking vehicle "the world's fastest brick".

"We simply have to reflect people's dreams; and I think people dream that the next GT-R will be the hottest super sportscar in the world".

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