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Just the Facts:
A second-generation Nissan GT-R is planned for production.
The current development schedule suggests it will arrive in 2018.
A refresh of the current GT-R is scheduled for the end of 2013.
SANTA MONICA, California — Despite previous information that suggested otherwise, Edmunds has confirmed that a next-generation Nissan GT-R is still planned for production, but the all-new version of the supercar won't arrive until 2018. Our latest information was obtained during a recent visit to Nissan's R&D center in Atsugi, Japan.
Originally, the second generation of the GT-R was scheduled to arrive in 2015. Part of the reason for the delay is that the chief engineer and product specialist of the GT-R, Kazutoshi Mizuno had left the company. We now know that Mizuno took a leave of absence because of health problems, but has since returned to the company. He is again at the helm of the GT-R's development team, and was involved with the GT-R's recent class-winning effort at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring.
Edmunds has also learned that at the end of 2013, Nissan will be making some significant changes to the GT-R's exterior styling and power plant. Nissan execs feel that making big changes to the car is important because 2013 marks the sixth year since the GT-R's introduction, and if it were to follow the examples of its European counterparts, such as the Porsche 911, the car is due for a major transformation. We don't know exactly how the GT-R's appearance will change, but some have hinted that the bumper and lights will be redesigned, while the main body panels will be left largely untouched.
Sources close to the company say the GT-R team is watching the development of the soon-to-be-introduced Acura NSX closely, especially after Honda insiders revealed that their hybrid-powered sports car will lap the Nürburgring faster than the GT-R. Nissan's keen interest in the Acura NSX also indicates that a hybrid version of the GT-R is a distinct possibility.
When asked about the upcoming Porsche 918 Spyder, which also features hybrid technology, Mizuno didn't seem very impressed. We can't confirm if Mizuno will utilize the VR38DETT engine from the current car for use in the GT-R's hybrid system (which may debut sooner rather than later), or wait until 2018 to introduce a brand new system for the next-generation GT-R.
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