A new report from motoring.com.au says that development for the next-generation Nissan GT-R is well under way. In addition to endowing the car with a new hybrid powertrain, Nissan wants to expand the GT-R’s reach by offering both a two-door and a four-door version, with a GT-R-based sedan slated to arrive in 2018 as an Infiniti model.
Citing a Nissan insider, the Australian outlet learned that the two-door GT-R will fall under the Nissan brand, while the high-performance sedan will be badged as an Infiniti. Obviously, the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge concept car, unveiled at last year’s Geneva auto show, will come to mind for most GT-R enthusiasts. To recap, the Q50 Eau Rouge featured the GT-R’s twin-turbo V-6 along with a 7-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
The report, however, suggests the new GT-R’s powertrain will be much different. Derived from the unconventional front-drive GT-R LM Nismo Le Mans race car, the next GT-R is allegedly getting a hybrid powertrain with a 3.0-liter, turbocharged V-6.
The report also suggests development work is being spread throughout Nissan’s global offices, including the U.S.-based team charged with conceiving the GT-R LM Nismo. Additionally, the automaker’s European Nismo team and its collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering is purportedly working on the project as well.
Expected to debut soon, the next GT-R will give Nissan a much needed new weapon in the supercar wars. For Infiniti, the four-door version will finally give it something to take on Mercedes-AMG, BMW M, and Cadillac's V cars.
Inifiniti Q50 Eau Rouge concept pictured.