A new Nissan GT-R could arrive towards the end of 2022 with 48-volt mild-hybrid power, according to overseas reports.
Japan’s Best Car claims strict CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards and noise regulations set to be introduced in Japan in 2021 will make Nissan’s current R35-generation GT-R increasingly difficult to sell in its existing 12L/100km non-electrified guise – forcing the brand to switch to ‘hybrid’ power.
The publication claims the new model – set to be unveiled towards the end of 2022, likely codenamed R36 – will pair a version of the current GT-R's 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V6 with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, comprising an integrated starter-generator unit, a compact lithium-ion battery and a small electric motor.
The addition of the 48-volt system would improve fuel economy (and performance) by providing a small electrified boost through the powertrain's mid-range, while reportedly reducing noise by "making the engine sound milder".
Above and below: R36 Nissan GT-R renders created by Jon Leu.
While a specific output for the electrified V6 powertrain isn't listed in the report, the outgoing, top-spec Nissan GT-R Nismo develops 441kW of power and 652Nm of torque, while the the limited-run GT-R50 by Italdesign puts out 530kW and 780Nm.
As with other new-generation Nissan models such as the X-Trail, Pathfinder and the upcoming 400Z sports car, the next-generation GT-R will continue to ride on a version of the current R35-generation model's platform.
Best Car claims the 'new' GT-R will be sold from its debut near the "end of 2022" to sometime in 2024, meaning that, by the time it ceases production, the R35's platform (officially dubbed the 'Premium Midship' architecture) will be nearly 17 years old – more than twice the duration of a typical new-car model's seven to eight-year lifecycle.
Whether the 2024 end-of-production date applies only to the Japanese market, or instead represents the end of the line for the GT-R nameplate globally, remains to be seen. Given the likely re-engineering for the ageing Premium Midship platform required to house a hybridised powertrain, we'd wager the former would be more likely.
However, according to the Japanese outlet, Nissan is working on one 'last hurrah' for the current-generation, non-electrified R35 GT-R prior to its demise, suitably dubbed the 'Final Edition'.
Due to launch in November 2022, the GT-R Final Edition will mark the final iteration of the 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V6 in non-hybrid, combustion-only form, with the limited-run model to feature a bespoke, GT3-derived version of the venerable engine reportedly developing 530kW.
That power figure matches that extracted from the aforementioned Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign unveiled in 2020, indicating the Final Edition could simply borrow the Italian-designed special's tuned, hand-built engine, which produces 780Nm.
Unlike the €990,000 (AU$1,550,000) GT-R50, the Final Edition will reportedly retail for 'just' around 40 million Japanese yen (AU$490,000), with just 20 examples set to be built (versus the Italdesign's 50-unit tally).
Stay tuned to CarAdvice for more rumours and details on the 2023 Nissan GT-R Final Edition and next-generation Nissan GT-R hybrid as their debuts near towards the end of 2022.