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2016 Nissan GTR Hybrid Supercar Promises to Kick @ss

TopSpeed Concept of Nissan R36 GTR  (c) TopSpeed
TopSpeed Concept of Nissan R36 GTR
(c) TopSpeed

If you get a kick from driving the Nissan GTR hybrid, at least virtually on Need For Speed, the latest incarnation of this iconic super car from Japan is gonna whoop some serious @ss.

Again the guys from Nissan plan to revolutionize the Grand Touring world with the 2016 Nissan GTR hybrid, codenamed R36.  Although it originated from the iconic range of Nissan/Datsun’s Skyline badge, the GTR was an entirely new model that shared little with the previous Skylines when it first came out in 2007.   If you think that the previous GTR’s were wicked fast, this latest edition promises to be faster and even more.  Nissan UK’s sports car chief, James Oliver shared with Top Gear, “when the R35 launched in 2009 it was a massive leap forward, and we need to make sure when the next generation comes, it’s a similar leap forward. Not just the car itself, but the overall effect for Nissan.”

Nissan GTR Vision 2020 Design Study in Gran Turismo 6
Nissan GTR Vision 2020 Design Study in Gran Turismo 6

For one thing, the design will be a revolutionary departure from previous GTRs, more like a Batmobile if one looks at the design studies released via Gran Turismo 6.  A rendering by TopSpeed (shown above) is equally aggressive with bold lines more suggestive of a muscle car than a GT.

Also, it will be more environment-friendly.  Instead of a 3.8L twin-turbo V6, the 2016 edition will come with a 550 HP hybrid power plant.  The drive train will consist of a smaller twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6, but paired to a powerful electric motor.  It is based on the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept that was introduced earlier this month at the Paris Motor Show.  This configuration is estimated to sip gas (if ever a sports car can) at 42.8 MPG (5.5 liters per 100 km).  That comes out at CO2 emissions of only 129g/km, which makes your grand tour a bit better on the green conscience.

Too bad Brian O’ Conner is no longer around to drive the latest edition of his favorite car.  Maybe as a tribute to the fallen driver we can start revving our electric motors on this baby when it comes out next year.  People may not hear it, but Mother Earth will surely appreciate it.

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