The Next GT-R: A clearer picture emerges…

After the practice run at the Nurburgring in October, more information has been circulated about exactly what the next GT-R will have in terms of mechanicals and it’s exterior design elements.

Its easy to see the GT-R shares no exterior panels with the new V36 Skyline, and the upcoming V36 Skyline Coupe will share very little with it as well, although mechanically there is a connection. Bearing this in mind, it’s also clear why Nissan have dropped the Skyline name from GT-R terminology. The front and rear masks used by Nissan to obscure the GT-Rs fore and aft design does well to keep people guessing as to what it will look like at debut, suffice to say that the four circular tail lights are well and truly making a return, filling out the 1920mm width nicely. Less is known about the front and rear diffusers and front spoiler, but the rear wing is definitely smaller than its predecessors’.

The roof line and rear window almost appear as one sweeping angle as aerodynamics were the priority over cabin space. This gives the GT-R a very distinctive look, with the black A-pillar treatment terminating at the top where it meets the roof line, the side windows having their own profile where no two angles run parallel. From directly behind, the entire turret section is very interesting to say the least, truly breaking away from any influence of the previous BNR34 GT-R. Cooling was top priority when designing the front bumper and front fenders, with large ducts at the front of the car efficiently drawing air for the intercooler and radiator, with large air outlets behind each front wheel allowing airflow from the wheel arches.

The VQ37HR engine which will be installed in the upcoming V36 Skyline Coupe forms the basis of the next GT-R’s powerplant, with parts such as the crankshaft, conrods, pistons and valves being replaced with specially designed parts for the GT-R. A maximum output of 450HP and maximum torque of 55.0kg/m is the performance target Nissan is aiming for, and will achieve it on relatively low boost pressure. The unexpectedly low boost pressure of 0.7bar leaves room for a big boost in performance from factory power levels. The low boost pressure can be attributed to the VQ’s aluminum block, a desire for little to no turbo lag and increased engine response. Fuel consumption also plays a major part, and rumours are that the turbo units themselves are undersized for the engine capacity, although this is not confirmed… Still, the power will be overwhelming for an unsuspecting driver.

The new generation ATESSA E-TS 4WD system transmits power to all corners through a Getrag 6MT transmission, based on the same units used in the R32/33/34 GT-Rs. The chassis and suspension share the same basic design as the V35 Skyline Coupe, with double wishbones at the front and multi-links at the rear. It’s also been noted that a four wheel steering system will be included to sharpen up the dull handling usually associated with heavyweight GT cars. The 20 inch forged alloy wheels will wear different tread widths front and rear, being another departure from previous GT-Rs. Beneath those massive wheels, Brembo 6-pot calipers and equally large rotors will reside giving strong braking power with high resistance to fade.

Two models are to be included in the GT-R lineup, a standard model and an ‘M-Spec’ model along the same lines as the BNR34, with unique colours and leather trim amongst other extras. Another ‘V-Spec’ version, while not confirmed, may appear as well, with upgraded suspension and ATESSA system.

Text: Justin Karow

Photo: Nissan

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