Nissan GT-R successor won’t arrive until 2018

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2012

There were reports that the next-generation Nissan GT-R would be delayed. Edmunds confirmed that it is still set to go into production but then the all-new version of the supercar won’t arrive until 2018. Edmunds acquired the information when it visited Nissan's R&D center in Atsugi, Japan. The original plan had been for the second generation of the GT-R to arrive in 2015.

The departure of Kazutoshi Mizuno, the chief engineer and product specialist of the GT-R, was a cause of delay. Mizuno had left due to health issues but he has since gone back to working for the company. He has returned to leading the GT-R's development team. He was also a part of the GT-R's recent excellent results at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring.

Edmunds came to know that at the end of next year, Nissan will be making major modifications to the GT-R's exterior styling and power plant. Nissan executives believe that they have to heavily modify the car because 2013 is the sixth year since the introduction of the GT-R. The car would have to undergo some major changes if it were to follow the examples of its European counterparts like the Porsche 911.

It’s not known exactly what changes the GT-R will be subjected to but there were hints that the bumper and lights will be redesigned while the main body panels will be mostly unchanged.

Insiders said that the GT-R team is closely monitoring the development of the Acura NSX, which will be presented soon after Honda sources announced that their hybrid-powered sports car will make the lap at the Nürburgring quicker than the GT-R. The interest that Nissan has had in the Acura NSX is proof that a hybrid version of the GT-R is highly possible.

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