A hybrid Nissan GT-R?

The next generation GT-R isn’t scheduled for launch until 2017

2013 Nissan GT-R

The internet is abuzz with speculation that the next Nissan GT-R supercar will be a hybrid.

But right now it’s all just rumour, with no “official” word coming from the Japanese automaker.

And Nissan has plenty of time to make up its mind because the next generation GT-R isn’t scheduled for launch until 2017. Still, a lot of people subscribe to that old saying, where there’s smoke there’s fire. And wouldn’t an eco friendly version of the super coupe be a blast?

The current generation GT-R has been on sale since 2008, and it looks as if it may go well beyond the 2014 date when most industry watchers were expecting a new version.

Apparently this latest round of speculation was started by Motor Trend magazine, which claims the next generation R36 GT-R will come as a hybrid with fuel saving technologies such as cylinder deactivation or a stop/start system.

One powertrain said to be under consideration by Nissan engineers is a hybrid system where electric motors help boost performance. Such a setup was previewed in the 2009 Infiniti Essence concept with a claim it could generate up to 600-horsepower. And the instant torque available from such a hybrid system’s electric motors would seem a good fit with an all-wheel drive car such as GT-R.

Another simpler system supposedly being studied would have an electric motor mounted on the gearbox to boost performance when needed and operate ancillary systems to reduce load on the gasoline engine.

GT-R is the supercar that doesn’t carry a super price. The 2013 model, equipped with a twin turbo V6 making 545 hp and 463 lb.-ft. of torque, has a base MSRP in Canada of $103,980 

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