2013 Nissan GTR: High Breed, Hybrid or Both?
As the cited source mentions, the R36 (next generation) GTR might use the current VR38DETT 3.8 litre twin turbo V6 in combination with the electric powertrain showcased in the 2009 Infinity Essence Concept. The petrol unit would bring 440 HP (detuned from the current output of 480 HP) with the electric motor providing an extra 160HP. That would bring the total power figure to 600 HP.
But don’t be too happy just yet, because the battery pack and the electric engine mean a lot of extra weight. In order to compensate that, the next GTR would have to be seriously lightened. Hoewer, the final result is expected to be heavier than the current generation GTR, which isn't exactly light itself, at 1750 Kg.
The fuel consumption figure for a hybrid GTR is expected to be somewhere between 25 and 30 mpg. That would reduce emissions for sure, but from the financial point of view we don’t think it will be of much interest to potential owners willing to pay the rumored $100,000 price for the car.
autoevolution would definitely opt for the Hybrid powertrain, but only if it was a Hybrid VSpec version, stripped of its electrical motor and battery pack, in order to maintain its high breed sports car status. And to show that we are ecologically correct, we’ve decided that the hybrid badge can stay, though we would prefer it had small holes drilled into it for further weight saving, just like the '70s rally car parts.