Nissan Confirms GT-R Replacement

Nissan has reconfirmed its commitment to an ongoing GT-R development programme, with a model replacement cycle in place that should see an R36 hit the streets by 2013 at the latest.

Current R35 will be replaced around 2013
Current R35 will be replaced around 2013
PistonHeads was at Nissan’s Nurburgring Technical Centre earlier this week, when VP of global product planning Andy Palmer paid a flying visit to show his support for the GT-R programme lead by Kazutoshi Mizuno.

It was Andy’s first meeting with the Japanese GT-R ‘away team’ at the Nurburgring and, speaking informally to the assembled engineers and support staff, he spoke warmly of their achievements and reaffirmed Nissan’s commitment to the GT-R project.

“These are very hard times and, as you know, we have had to make cuts to many programmes,’ he told the team. ‘However, it is very important to Nissan that we remain able to offer a diverse range of vehicles from electric cars, to LCVs and the GT-R and we continue to fully support the work you are doing here.”

Existing platform and packaging will stay
Existing platform and packaging will stay
Speaking to PH later on – while waiting for a rapid ride around the Nurburgring circuit in a Spec-V development car – Andy confirmed that a model replacement programme was still in place in spite of the economic downturn, based on a roughly similar timescale to the Porsche replacement cycle.

With the 911 GT2 being the car Nissan likes to benchmark, that puts a lifespan of 5-6 years on the current R35 - according to our rudimentary maths.

Unsurprisingly, Andy also confirmed to us that the next-generation GT-R will be an evolution of the current platform, and will therefore retain the twin-turbocharged V6 and rear transaxle configuration.

“In that respect, it’s not going to be a massive one-off investment,” Palmer told PH. “It’s more a case of putting a bit of money into the programme every year, to make sure we keep the GT-R where it needs to be.”

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  • sl55amg 27 Jan 2011

    Hi, currently own a 2009 black edition, went to the launch of the new version recently........nice new blue colour, aero dynamic changes to front and rear spoilers, wing mirrors and a rear diffuser (drag co. of .26) apparently! carbon fibre engine bay braise to strengthen chasis and an unconfirmed 0-62 of 3.04!!!! but is all that worth an extra £10.000?? my opinion is yes but they need to tread carefully from now on or they may lose that "super car without the price tag" reputation that has made this car so popular.

  • steptoe11 22 Jan 2011

    j123 said:
    Overall, as the complete lack of reply's to this topic show, this is a boring disappointment.

    Basically Nissan have said the economy sucks but we will keep the GT-R but don't expect much change.

    When if they were smart they would do like Audi and start making chassis out of aluminum to add strength, safety, fuel, and light-weight- that indeed would most likely shave 500lbs off the weight of this beast. j
    If anyone had a real passion for these cars on here, they would know that the R35 was deliberately made heavy, due to the logic of the designer who understands that the weight can keep a car glued to the road. I'm sure that PH did a feature on this, but i imagine you've all read this!

    You probably know this too, the original R32 GTR was banned from Australia's version of touring car\GT racing, and was accused of cheating as it was unbeatable when introduced. Now if that doesn't make a car a legend i dont know what does.


  • Mr Whippy 04 Oct 2009

    james_gt3rs said:
    What they need to do is make the car lighter, and let the tuners do their work.
    Smaller would be a better start. It's bloody HUGE!

  • james_gt3rs 03 Oct 2009

    What they need to do is make the car lighter, and let the tuners do their work.

  • Mr Whippy 03 Oct 2009

    kpkpkp said:
    That said I took my Porsche owning pal out in it today, all he said is "how did they make it that fast"
    They under-sold it on the specification, so people are amazed by what is actually just expected from it's real superior specification winkhehe


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