The current generation GT-R design is technically 21 years old considering a namesake concept premiered at the 2001 Tokyo Motor Show. The production version was introduced at the same event six years later, so it’s safe to say that the R35 gets a bit long in the tooth. Fortunately, Nissan’s performance arm, Nismo, promises that an exciting product is in the works. CEO Takao Katagiri has confirmed that a “very exciting model” with the Nismo badge is planned.
In an interview with Coach, Nismo top brass said the car would be sold in Japan as well as the United States, mainland Europe and the United Kingdom. According to the British magazine, the model will serve as an indirect successor to the aging GT-R. Earlier this year, “Godzilla” was pulled from Europe due to strict emissions regulations, which also prevent the automaker from selling the new Z in the EU.
The Nismo performance machine is generally thought to have a hybrid powertrain rather than a purely electric setup. Company executives have previously said that a spicy electric vehicle would need solid-state batteries, but those won’t be ready in the near future. However, Nissan’s domestic rival Toyota has promised to launch a hybrid production car with a solid-state battery by 2025.
Talk to CoachNismo CEO Takao Katagiri said, “[There] is a very, very important vision [in Europe] for Nissan. It’s around the heart of it [new car]. This region [the UK] is very, very special to us, especially [for] performance cars. So one thing I can say is to be patient. We are going to introduce a very exciting model to the UK market under the Nismo brand.”
In the meantime, rumors persist that Nissan and Nismo are working on a good start for the GT-R R35. It is believed to arrive next year with a gooseneck design for the rear wing as well as minor engine and chassis tweaks. There could be new colors in the mix and updates needed to meet stricter noise regulations.