Nissan MD: Next-Gen GT-R Not Until 2020
If you were eagerly anticipating the arrival of the next-generation Nissan GT-R, you may have to wait until 2020…
We’ll have to wait until at least 2020 before the next-generation Nissan GT-R is released, which would mean that the current generation R35 GT-R will have been on sale for over a decade – 11 years to be precise.
That’s the stark message to come from Nissan Australia managing director Richard Emery.
Speaking to Australia’s Motoring, Emery advised that a new GT-R is definitely not on the cards at the moment.
“To be honest the company is not even talking about it,” he said. Adding: “It’s certainly not 2018, and I can’t see it even in 2019. It’s not on the product plan list for that period.”
It will come as a significant blow for Godzilla fans who’d been expecting to see a new GT-R in 2017, which was the date being bandied about when Nissan’s 2020 Vision Gran Turismo was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show and was lauded as offering insights into how the next-gen GT-R might look.
“NISSAN CONCEPT 2020 Vision Gran Turismo gives hints as to how a supercar of the future might look,” said the company at the time.
Motoring also reports that the reason for the new GT-R’s development delays is because production of the current model is currently on-hold to allow the firm to meet more stringent US crash regulations. It’s a situation that has pushed back the current model’s production data to 2018.
Despite the delays, the next-gen GT-R is likely to be magnificent; especially when you consider that the director of Nissan’s GT-R LM Nismo racing program, Ben Bowlby, has previously hinted that the 550-horsepower, twin-turbo V6 used in the racer is what the next-gen GT-R will boast.
For now, Australian Nissan fans will just have to keep their eyes on Nismo’s planned launch Down Under. However, a three-model range now seems unlikely and it’s expected that either a GT-R or 370Z will fly the Nismo flag for the brand in Australia, with a Juke RS Nismo to follow.