Production of the next Nissan GT-R has yet to be approved by CEO Carlos Ghosn, a source has told Inside Line. Ghosn hasn’t given the go-signal yet for the design and engineering of the car to start. There’s still the possibility that it won’t ever be approved. It would be a shame if the GT-R would be known in history as a one-hit wonder.
Five years ago, the GT-R became a worldwide phenomenon because of its extreme performance, high technology and affordability.
Nissan's engineers have been making refinements to the R35 since then. It has been set to receive subtle modifications to its styling, suspension and engine output. It was assumed that Nissan has already started to develop an all-new, fully redesigned model, maybe even for the 2014 model year.
There were rumors that a hybrid drivetrain would be attached to the next-generation GT-R. It has since become clear that this won’t happen. It was speculated that the next GT-R (R36) was put off until the 2018 model year and it would get another face-lift in 2013 so that the car would appear fresh longer. Apparently, the R36 hasn’t even started development yet. Nissan hasn’t responded to these rumors yet.
Ghosn has been a staunch supporter of the GT-R project in 2009. Notably, another project that he especially loves -- the all-electric Nissan Leaf -- is on the opposite side of this spectrum.
Ghosn approved the original GT-R after getting assurances that it will make money for the company even at low volumes. Since it was introduced, GT-R sales in the U.S. have increased to only 5,914 units and they have recently slowed down to only 583 this year.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., officially launched its latest offering, the 2012 Nissan GT-R. This is considered as the most efficient version of the model range with performance enhanced and complemented with better fuel economy as well as lower emissions. This is sure to excite not just drivers but even the passengers. When the now iconic GT-R was first released, it was considered as a new type of super car.
While the excellent performance and handling were both expected, this model also allowed its full potential to be accessed by the driver at all times. Though the GT-R did receive universal acclaim, Nissan followed a strategy known as constant development. What this meant was that even with exceptional features, it was projected the GT-R would still evolve.
For the 2012 Nissan GT-R, some of the important changes include those done on the chassis, engine, and the transmission. The suspension has been improved as well and the asymmetric configuration allows for the driver’s side, which in right-hand drive models have greater weight, to be compensated. There is of course the enhanced feel of the transmission and the improved handling.
Meanwhile the body has been strengthened and it offers that added rigidity. These are, of course, just some of the significant changes done on the flagship model. Sales of the 2012 Nissan GT-R in the Japanese will be on November 24, 2011, and will arrive at different showrooms across Europe by January 2012.
For these two markets, Nissan will be including a lightweight "For TRACK PACK" version. Under this package, the pure performance potential of this model is highlighted further.