Playstation has been letting gamers “drive” Nissan’s Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo for over a year, but Nissan has now confirmed that the concept will be making its real-life debut at the Tokyo auto show later this month, and we’d all be remiss not to say that the concept hints heavily at the next-generation GT-R.
Since it’s only be available in digital format, it’s difficult to say exactly what the 2020 Vision Gran Turismo will drive like in real life, however we can say that the actual car will appear as it does in video-game world, in “fire knight red” paint and with Nissan’s latest “V-motion” grille graphic.
Nissan has made it clear the 2020 Vision GT wasn’t just a flight of fantasy. “This is a look at what a high performance supercar from Nissan may look like in the future,” said the Japanese car-maker at the time.
The company has also previously stated it’s already begun work on the next-generation GT-R, and it’s rumored that development has now moved from North America to Europe.
Thankfully, the new GT-R won’t utilize Nissan’s ill-fated 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine and two electric motors, which was used in the staggered-track ZEOD RC Le Mans racer.
More likely, and hopefully, the next GT-R could be powered by a hybrid version of the existing model’s 545/550-hp 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 co-developed by NISMO.
Williams Hybrid Power (WHP), which currently produces the electromechanical composite flywheel system now used in Porsche and Audi racers, will use the same technology to increase the next GT-R’s power output.
We can’t say exactly how powerful the new GT-R will be, it seems like it already has plenty, but the latest Godzilla is also said to weigh significantly less than the R35, which would mean better fuel economy, quicker acceleration, a higher top speed, and, almost unbelievably, better track times.