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by Tim Beissmann

The latest Vision Gran Turismo video game sports car could give us our first hints at the styling of the next-generation Nissan GT-R.

Nissan USA posted the shadowy image on Twitter along with the promise of full details of the striking supercar on Monday.

“On 6/16, we reveal the next chapter in our Nissan story to fans that have always shared our passion for performance,” the Japanese manufacturer’s Twitter post reads.

The pictured car will become Nissan’s special contribution to the Gran Turismo 6 PlayStation 3 video game – joining fellow digital racers from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi and Volkswagen – and is also understood to preview elements of the next GT-R’s exterior design.

Created by Nissan’s design team, the Vision Gran Turismo concept shares cues with the current GT-R, including its swept headlights, hexagonal central air intake, angular front bumper contours, muscular front wheel arches, and its overall sleek coupe silhouette.

Unique to the concept and potential hints at the future are the Vision’s gaping front-side intakes, plunging bonnet, framing around the Nissan badge, and more stylised side panels leading to beefier rear guards.

The next-generation R36 Nissan GT-R is tipped to launch in 2016 – nine years after the first iteration of the current R35 model debuted in 2007.

Reports from earlier this year claimed the new GT-R would produce 600kW from an F1-inspired hybrid powertrain, which would allegedly comprise an uprated version of its current 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 and KERS technology co-developed by Nismo and F1 team Williams.




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