“There is an inevitability about electrification of all cars in the future, and there is the very real prospect of enhancements coming from this and ending up on a sports car like the Nissan GTR,” says Andy Palmer. Who is Palmer? Only Nissan’s sales, marketing, and engineering boss- so, if he says a hybrid GTR is coming, you can take that to the bank.
Palmer’s words all but confirm rumors of an F1-style KERS hybrid system ending up under the hood of the 2016 Nissan GTR, a rumor that was echoed earlier this year in TopSpeed’s excellent design renderings of what the 2016 hybrid GTR might look like.
“The electric systems can fill in the gaps in the torque curve and offer genuine performance gains, as well as lowering emissions,” says Palmer. “It’s win-win, and I’d expect to see some form of hybridization on the next generation of car.”
So, it looks like the only questions now are about the hybrid GTR’s performance. Will we get a 300-is HP high-rpm V6 supplemented to the car’s current power levels with electric motors, or will Nissan pit its high-tech hybrid GTR against the current crop of flex-fuel tuned GTR hypercars in a bid for ultimate “green speed” dominance? We’ll have to wait a while, yet, to find out- but that shouldn’t stop us from calling each other awful names in the comments section! What do you think of the new hybrid GTR? Think it’ll be any good? Let us know.