Fully electric Nissan GT-R and Z sportscar unconfirmed, lack of noise and emotion – report

Fully electric Nissan GT-R and Z sportscar unconfirmed, lack of noise and emotion – report

Speculation on the new Nissan GT-R has been ongoing for a while now. Rumours first started with a mild-hybrid version, along with a final version to feature an internal combustion engine producing over 700 PS.

Reports later surfaced that the new GT-R would be closely related to the current generation, with an R36 GT-R seemingly confirmed. It didnt help matters when Roman Miah recently drew up an exciting new concept of what the R36 could be, fuelling further anticipation.

Now, Nissan has given some insights on the future of the GT-R according to this report. At a recent preview of the new Nissan Z in Australia, it was revealed that the decision to switch to an electric powertrain for the next generation Z sportscar and GT-R has not been made, according to Hiroshi Tamura, chief product specialist for the Z sportscar and GT-R.

Tamura said there’s yet to be a solution for the powertrain of the two sportscars but whatever the outcome, it needs to ‘delight the senses’ and make enthusiasts lust over them. Tamura was also concerned about the sound of the next generation of electric vehicles with fake noises emitted through speakers.

“Old guys sometimes don’t like fake sound, that’s the challenge,” Tamura said.

Further highlighting the obstacles ahead for the next generation of Nissan sportscars, Tamura pointed out that while it’s easy to talk about hybrid powertrains and electric propulsion, it is vital to retain the emotional element of the cars and create performance cars with appropriate price points.

Earlier this year, it was announced that the R35 GT-R would be discontinued in Europe due to new noise regulations while in 2021, Nissan GT-R was axed in Australia due to new safety regulations. It’s still uncertain when the Final Edition would arrive, but it is said that the swansong model will produce 720 PS and 780 Nm of torque from a revised VR38DETT 3.8 litre twin-turbo V6 engine as seen in the limited-run Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign.

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