Speaking to TopGear.com, Ben Bowlby – Nissan’s creative genius behind the LMP1 GT-R and the DeltaWing – confirmed that the new GT-R would feature an iteration of the twin-turbo V6 powering the company’s Le Mans entrant.
“The 3.0-litre V6 [from the LMP1 car] is a sort of god-child of the true, road-going GT-R,” he said, noting that the unit’s direction injection, turbo integration and combustion technology are all ‘applicable to the road’.
“It is truly an early ancestor of what will be a future Nissan GT-R engine,” he added.
In its current, Le Mans-spec form, that new 3.0-litre V6 revs to around 6,500rpm and produces over 550bhp. Considering the current Nismo GT-R produces 600bhp, and taking into account the GT-R’s rate of improvement, we’d expect the new, ‘R36’ GT-R to produce at least this much, if not more.
The V6 will be slotted up front, just like before, and matched to a dual-clutch automatic gearbox. “Mizuno-san [the ‘father’ of the GT-R] says the GT-R will always be a front-engined, 2+2-seater coupe,” said Shiro Nakamura, Nissan’s chief creative officer.The 2018 Nissan Gt R offers outstanding style and technology both inside and out. See interior & exterior photos. 2018 nissan gtr interior, New features complemented by a lower starting price and streamlined packages. The mid-size 2018 nissan gtr 0-60, offers a complete lineup with a wide variety of finishes and features, two conventional engines.
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