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Next Generation Nissan GT-R Delayed Till 2020???

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On: Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 4:13PM | By: Carl Malek

Next Generation Nissan GT-R Delayed Till 2020???

When the Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo was first unveiled, it was thought that it would preview many of the design cues that would make their appearance on the next generation GT-R supercar. However, if rumors are proven to be correct, it also previews the year when the next generation will arrive. That could mean a long delay—as long as 10 years potentially—leaving the GT-R in the dust when rivals such as Ferrari and Lamborghini update their offerings for the foreseeable future. 

According to a report published by Australia's Motoring magazine claims that 2020 could be the year when the new car makes its appearance. Motoring spoke to Nissan Australia's managing director on the matter; he said, "To be honest, the company is not even talking about it." When pressed about an estimated time table for the next generation GT-R's appearance, he stated, "It is certainly not 2018, and I can't even see it in 2019." Prior speculation suggested that the new GT-R would make an appearance as early as 2018, putting it in a strong competitive position with Ferrari and other rivals.

If the successor doesn't show up until 2020, the current generation R35 GT-R would have a daunting task ahead of it, especially after being on the market for over 11 years. In comparison, Ferrari and Lamborghini (two companies that have notoriously long shelf lives for their products) don't usually let their offerings sit out for quite such a long time. In fact, the only products that are currently at that lofty age are the Land Rover Defender, the Aston Martin DB9 and Vantage, and the Rolls Royce Phantom. The Bentley Continental GT is also a member of this elite club, but a major refresh is in store for that particular model. Despite this, Nissan is not turning down the burner on the current model, revealing only two months ago that the well of performance isn't tapped out and that more could be squeezed out of its twin turbocharged V6.

"We are very serious about this car and its future. So the fields of GT-R dreams won't lie fallow for the next five years," stated Ben Bowbly, director of the company's racing program and its entry, the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo. Bowbly claims that the 550 horsepower engine in that car is essentially identical to what will be ultimately in place for the road-going version. This means that some form of assist technology will most likely show up in the street version, though it is currently unknown if it will be a hybrid setup or a more race-ready electric-assist system that would help increase horsepower while also improving fuel mileage. The big question is when all of this will eventually come to fruition, and whether the long wait will actually be worth it or not.


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