On the downside, the R35 is starting to show its age. The VR38DETT produces 600 ponies on the NISMO while the six-speed DCT could be better. The Acura NSX has levels up to nine advanced ratios, while the Ford has a 10-speed automatic with a torque converter. The question is, when will the R36 be introduced and what can we expect from Nissan?
Speaking to Hiroshi Tamura at the New York Auto Show, Motor1.com has received some information on this. When asked about hybridization, the leading product specialist for the GT-R and NISMO said no. "Ninety-nine percent of customers" I do not want such a thing, but we are not surprised.
The twin-turbo V6 and R35's vehicle architecture are difficult to hybridize, and there is another reason why Nissan is unwilling to hybridize the GT-R. More to the point, the GT-R platform is redesigned from scratch "Every 20 years" according to Hiroshi Tamura.
From the R32 to the R33 and R34 series, the GT-R used much of the same platform that Nissan launched in 1989. The R35 is 12 years old and what this means for the R36 is obvious. "Tamura reminded us that the R37 should debut not before 2027" so get ready for a long, long wait.
Even though the GT-R does not sell much, Tamura is pleased with the volume posted by the sports coupe. Sales surpassed 1,730 examples in 2008 in the United States, dropping to 538 last year. As for the European continent, do so 1,987 in 2009 and 816 last year.
"Adding a hybrid gasoline-electric configuration like the Acura NSX, Tamura said, could push the GT-R beyond the $ 200,000 mark." At that price point, potential customers would think twice before spending their hard-earned money on a Nissan. After all, the Acura NSX sells for $ 157,500, excluding $ 1,800 for the destination fee. Want more examples? The Lamborghini Urus is $ 200,000 and the McLaren 570S sold at $ 188,600 in the United States.