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An updated, or possibly a limited-edition version, of the Nissan GT-R has been teased ahead of the New York motor show, which starts next week.

Overnight, the company released an animated image of the GT-R’s rear being gradually illuminated by the car’s signature afterburner tail-lights.

Aside from the teaser image (above), Nissan hasn’t provided any further details about its Big Apple débutante. It’s safe to assume, though, that it will either be an updated version of the current R35 GT-R or a special-edition version based on it.

Last year, Nismo boss Hiroshi Tamurae told us that a new-generation version of Nissan’s supercar won’t surface until 2020 at the earliest.

The company’s head of design, Shiro Nakamura, told CarAdvice in the middle of 2015 that while there isn’t much more straight-line speed that can be wrung out of the current-generation coupe, revisions can be made to its ride and handling.

He also stated that the company was planning to introduce a minor styling update, “very shortly”.

Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo
Above: Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo

At the 2015 SEMA show in Las Vegas, the company debuted the Nissan GT-R Nismo N-Attack Package. Only sold in the US and Japan, the N-Attack features components used by the company to set the GT-R’s 7 minutes 8.679 seconds lap time around the Nurburgring Nordschleife.

In 2014, the company launched the Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo, a vehicle that’s widely rumoured to provide clues about the next-generation GT-R.

Reports have indicated that the next GT-R will use a version of the new 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 that made its debut powering the oddly styled and configured GT-R LM Nismo Le Mans race car. There have also been hints that the next-gen GT-R will incorporate hybrid elements into its drivetrain.

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