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by Tim Beissmann

The 2016 Nissan GT-R will produce 600kW from its F1-inspired hybrid powertrain, if a report in a Japanese magazine is to be believed.

The magazine, translated by Japanese tuner 7tune, claims the next-generation GT-R will rival the likes of the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 by teaming a high-performance petrol engine with a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) similar to that used in Formula One cars.

The magazine claims the ‘R36’ Nissan GT-R will be fitted with an uprated version of the current 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V6 producing about 430kW and KERS co-developed by performance division Nismo and F1 partner Williams that will deliver an additional 185kW in short bursts for a peak output of up to 600kW.

If accurate, the all-new model would produce almost 50 per cent more power than the 2014 Nissan GT-R and 150kW more than the track-ready 441kW GT-R Nismo.

Those ambitious power claims are allegedly matched by equally dizzying performance targets, with Nissan said to have its sights set on a 2.7-second 0-100km/h sprint, a 10.0-second 0-400m drag, and a top speed of 340km/h.

Nissan chief planning officer Andy Palmer confirmed an electrified future for the GT-R when speaking with reporters late last year.

“The electric systems can fill in the gaps in the torque curve and offer genuine performance gains as well as lowering emissions,” Palmer told Autocar.

“It’s a win-win, and I’d expect to see some form of hybridisation on the next generation of car.”

A strong hint of the Japanese supercar’s hybrid future hit the web three months earlier, when Car and Driver uncovered a patent image lodged by Nissan of a badge with the words ‘Pure Drive R-Hybrid’, with the letter ‘R’ in the same font used by the GT-R.

The new-generation Nissan GT-R is tipped to launch in 2016 – nine years after the first iteration of the current R35 model debuted in 2007.




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