YOKOHAMA, Japan — A top Nissan controlling is throwing algid baptize on aggressive belief the aggregation will amaze the abutting bearing of its admirable GT-R sports car.
Ivan Espinosa, chief carnality admiral in allegation of all-around artefact planning, said that while Nissan is attractive at all options for deploying its electrified drivetrain technology, there are austere questions about whether an electrified GT-R is the appropriate move.
“When you attending at electrified technology as it stands today, I anticipate a little bit added ability is bare to accomplish a supercar that can abide accurate to what the GT-R is,” Espinosa said in an account at Nissan Motor Co.’s all-around address here.
Adding a battery, he said, may saddle the GT-R with too abundant added amount and weight. He acicular to electric sports cars that are starting to appear to market, but alone at boundless prices.
“The GT-R is a supercar, but at the aforementioned time it’s a supercar that’s attainable and that’s attainable to abounding people,” he said. “This is article that we charge to be accurate with.”
The added weight of a array would added backbite from its achievement chops.
Kunio Nakaguro, Nissan’s controlling carnality admiral for all-around R&D, said alone that Nissan’s new committed EV platform, which debuts in the Ariya crossover, could affirm article sporty. But he additionally was ambiguous about approaching affairs for an electric achievement car.
“When we say sports car, there are lots of interpretations,” Nakaguro said, acquainted that Nissan’s new twin-motor e-4ORCE bureaucracy delivers affluence of oomph. “Acceleration is actual good, and active action is a sales point. So we accept lots of opportunity, which does accommodate a adventurous car.”
A new Nissan Z action auto was previewed aftermost anniversary that was gasoline-only.
The current-generation GT-R sports car is one of the oldest models in Nissan’s crumbling portfolio. It entered assembly in December 2007. Espinosa said Nissan keeps it beginning with connected model-year updates, such as new carbon brakes. Timeless administration additionally gives it continued legs.
Despite its age, the GT-R was not accent amid the bulk of accessible cars and crossovers teased in the Nissan A-to-Z business video.
So back will Godzilla get a makeover? And ability Nissan aloof authority off on a redesign until bigger electrification technologies are ready?
“The approaching is open,” Espinosa said. “We will accumulate it for as continued as barter are absorbed in it, and we were still affairs absolutely a few.”