Recently, we heard a lot of stories regarding the new Nissan Z car, coming as a replacement for the Nissan Z Proto model. Now, the 2022 Nissan GT-R Hybrid is an even more interesting story. And like the 370Z variant, the current GT-R is present for over a decade. Instead of replacing the GT-R model, Nissan will upgrade it by providing a new hybrid system. The latest reports are predicting the new 2022 GT-R Hybrid to go on sale at some point next year.
This model will suffer a lot of changes and upgrades. That includes various cosmetic refinements and even changes under the hood. The current model is using a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine. However, this engine won’t meet the regulations so the new-gen GT-R will arrive as a hybrid. Here’s everything you need to know.
2022 Nissan GT-R Hybrid Specs
The 2022 Nissan GT-R Hybrid will reportedly arrive with the current 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine and a 48-volt mild-hybrid setup. Codenamed the R36, this new model will also offer a compact lithium-ion battery pack and an integrated started-generator. Moreover, a single electric motor will be in use. By adding this 48-volt hybrid system, the new GT-R will gain improved fuel efficiency and performance. The engine sound will be different and definitely more silent.
The exact specs are not available yet. However, an electric motor will add more power to this popular model. The current model generates 600 horsepower and 481 lb-ft of torque in its range-topping Nismo variant. Moreover, the current GT-R50 model is producing 710 horsepower, which is more than GT-R Nismo by 110 horses. Still, we are waiting for the Japanese carmaker to reveal more details.
Meeting the Regulations
The 2022 Nissan GT-R Hybrid is coming to the markets for various reasons. Not only does Nissan have to meet the emission regulations, but it also needs to meet new noise regulations. As we said, the hybrid powertrain will be less noisy and this regulation will be additionally tightened later this year.
This hybrid setup will meet both regulations, and it will also add around 30 additional horses. Fuel efficiency will be better as well, but we don’t know the exact fuel economy ratings right now.
The Future of Nissan GT-R Hybrid is Not So Bright
According to the most reliable reports, a hybrid powertrain is simply not enough to save this model. The 2022 Nissan GT-R Hybrid will exist for two years and it will be discounted later in 2024. Unfortunately, that’s how things work nowadays but Nissan will deliver the final “ice-powered” GT-R before the end. It will be a model that takes inspiration from GT-R’s counterparts.
The Final Edition variant will be sold in limited copies. It comes as a huge disappointment, but new stories are saying the Nissan will build only 20 models. This unique edition will generate 710 horsepower and it will be based on the GT-R and GT3 models. Hopefully, Nissan will reveal more details in the coming months. As we already said, new GT-R Hybrid will hit the dealerships in the first half of 2022.