The Nissan GT-R is basically a super car without the super car price tag and the vehicle is about to get a lot more appealing thanks to a leaked image published in a Japanese car magazine. These magazines are not always accurate but the GT-R was a game changer and we can expect a lot more from the next model in 2016.
Besides the updated look, it is said that the 2016 Nissan GT-R will feature a hybrid powertrain and it will be co-developed by Williams and Nismo. What is surprising is that Nissan will continue to use the 3.8-liter twin turbo V6 on the next-generation GT-R but heavily tuned. On the 2016 Nissan GT-R, the engine alone is expected to develop 580 horsepower, which is the same as the GT-R Nismo currently in production.
But the good stuff will come from the hybrid system which will use a system similar to that of the F1 KERS (kinetic energy recovery system). The hybrid system will supposedly give the 2016 Nissan GT-R an additional boost of 250 horsepower making the GT-R a 800hp racing machine. If these numbers are accurate, expect the GT-R to sell like hot cakes. The 250hp from the hybrid system does sound a bit ambitious but we’ll all have to until later this year before we have information straight from the source.
It’s also interesting to note that Nissan has applied for a logo trademark for ‘R-Hybrid’ which have led many to believe that the next-generation GT-R will implement a hybrid system of some sort.
With 830 horsepower, the vehicle is expected to the hit the 0-100 km/h in about 2.7 seconds, the same time as the current GT-R Nismo, but the acceleration thereafter is said to be improved significantly. Top speed will be around 212 mph (340 km/h) and unlike the other supercars which cost $400,000 to $500,000, reports suggest we can expect the 2016 Nissan GT-R to be in the range of $120k to $150k.