Nissan GT-R successor won’t arrive until 2018

Article by Christian A., 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.

The exemplary performance of Nissan’s GT-R is offered in Japan and Europe for 2013 (2014 Model Year in the US) with evolved response times, excellent handling and better stability.

At the peak of the Nissan series, the 2013 GT-R now has a developed 550PS 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine, creating better responses from the average and higher rev ranges. Improvements have also been applied to the anti-roll bar at the front, springs, and dampers. The outcome is enhanced traction, improved driving experience, better high-speed stability and a more comfortable ride.

The 0-62mph (0-100km/h) time is just currently at 2.7 seconds, 0.1 sec faster than the 2012 model of the vehicle. The improved model is also a lot faster around the Nürburgring, running laps at the popular German circuit in 7min 19.1 seconds while being tested in May of 2012.

The architect of the GT-R, Kazutoshi Mizuno, has shown that 0.5 sec was dropped to traffic on that familiar lap, identifying that the MY13 GT-R can run MY13 GT-R 7 minutes 18.6 secs in one lap. That can be matched to the 7 minute 21 second run of the MY12 GT-R.

Because the GT-R always boasts of the newest technology by Nissan, the improvements made stem from accumulated data at the competitive racing in the 2012 Nürburgring 24-Hour race in Germany where two pre-production GT-R models were going head to head.

The GT-R by Nissan is a unique 4WD super-coupé, coming from a line of cars with superb integrity that goes way back of up to forty years.

At the launch of the GT-R, its unique and aggressive design plus outstanding performance made excellent reviews and a ton of good publicity. After that it has been improved year after year.

Engine

A fully developed high-end acceleration and better mid-range engine response.

The combination of injector with high-output that controls fuel injection more accurately has upgraded acceleration at higher rpms and mid-range engine response.

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