Nissan GT-R 2015MY

Further adding fuel to a previous report, Auto Bild is now claiming more or less the same story surrounding the powertrain of the 2017 Nissan GT-R. In its findings, the German publication understands that the next-generation of one of Japan’s most popular supercar killer will adopt a hybrid powertrain similar to the one currently in service on the GT-R LM Nismo race machine.

Said powertrain setup features a twin-turbo 3.0 litre petrol V6 mill, itself touted to put down as much as 500 hp, while an electric motor with Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) further augments the package by providing as much as 1,500 hp in total. A five-speed sequential transmission with a Tilton triple-plate carbon clutch and a pneumatic paddle shift layout sends all that grunt to all four wheels.

As a result, it’s not so surprising to see a milder variation of the same powertrain lurking under the bonnet of the next-gen GT-R – which will be front-engined still, as confirmed by Nissan’s Shiro Nakamura. So far, reports are in that the 2017 Nissan GT-R will have a power output hovering about the 700 hp-mark.


“It’s a direct injection engine, and the combustion technology, and integration of turbo and intake system within the head design, is all very interesting and highly applicable to the road,” said Ben Bowlby, Nissan’s LMP1 team principal and technical director, to Top Gear UK in a separate interview. Furthermore, the mill is touted to maintain a sensible rev limit of 6,500 rpm.

Styling wise, multiple sources have reported that the thoroughly-reworked Godzilla will draw copious amounts of inspiration from the Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo (pictured above). Expect more details to surface in the near future as its debut date approaches.

GALLERY: Nissan GT-R LM Nismo