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Next Nissan GT-R will go electric

Published: 07 Nov 2013

Turns out that the Leaf wasn't such a bad idea after all, because Nissan can use its electric knowhow to add important things like more SPEED and POWER to the GT-R. This is the plan for the car's next generation, as confirmed yesterday by engineering, sales and marketing boss Andy Palmer.

"There's an inevitability that everything in the future will be electric. I expect to see some form of electrification on the next generation of car in some form, like hybridisation.

"Electric systems can fill in the gaps in the torque curve and offer genuine performance gains, as well as lowering emissions and improving fuel economy. It's win-win. Internal combustion is self-limiting, and the future is electric. That's sacrilege to some, but it's engineering fact."

Don't panic, though - Palmer's promised us that the GT-R won't turn into a denim-growing yoghurt weaver, and any electro injections will only serve to add more performance. Which, as we know from Jeremy's drive in the McLaren P1, can produce staggering results.  

"Our performance benchmark is still our 'Ring time, and we expect to see it come down each year with every improvement we make to every model year. That includes any hybrid models in the future."

A semi-electric GT-R, then. Thoughts?

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