Looks like Nissan will not produce the next generation GT-R according to InsideLine.
Projections pegged the current R35-generation GT-R to be replaced by an all-new R36 model for the 2014 model year. But a source close to the GT-R project tells that company CEO Carlos Ghosn has not given the go-ahead to design and engineer the car. And he may never give it the green light.
Looks like there are two problems here.
One is that the company is facing financial difficulties after the strategic European partner Renault announced a 37 percent drop in first-half profit Friday; and the second one is that R35’s chief engineer Kazutoshi Mizuno recently retired, and Nissan is apparently having trouble filling his shoes.
In addition, CEO Carlos Ghosn can’t justify the business case based on the sales figures for the current GT-R, even as a loss-leader halo car.
Rumors began to circulate that the next GT-R (R36) was delayed to the 2018 model year and it would receive another face-lift in 2013 to try to keep the car fresh for longer.
When Inside Line called Nissan for an official comment, Nissan said: “I cannot comment on that speculation and cannot comment on future product plans for the GT-R.”
The production version of the GT-R debuted at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show, launching in the Japanese market on December 6, 2007.
The U.S. official launch was 7 months later on July 7, 2008.
The 2013 model is capable to hit 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds – and a top speed of 321km/h (200mph) est. It starts at $96,820 (Premium) and $106,320 (Black Edition) MSRP.