The GT-R is one of the most popular sports cars in the US. On the other hand, it is one of the oldest as well. Nissan launched this nameplate in 2007 and it is still in the first generation. The 2021 Nissan GT-R will bring something special, according to the company. However, chiefs were not specific about the changes, but we are sure the new car will introduce something breathtaking.
We believe the company is aiming for the new edition of the Nismo model. However, a redesign, new engines, and features are going to refresh the lineup and make the 2021 Nissan GT-R more attractive. The car will introduce the new model in 2020. As soon as the first units hit dealerships, the carmaker will start dropping special editions. One of them is Nismo, but the GT-R is perfect for tuning.
2021 Nissan GT-R Rendering
A couple of interesting render images leaked shortly after the company announced the new 2021 Nissan GT-R. The prototype seems to be too futuristic with a large windshield. However, we love the grille design and the new shape of headlights. Definitely, the car is worthy of consideration, although it is not an official update. Nissan’s designers could get an idea how the new generation of the sports car is going to look like. The first impression is positive. Fans and enthusiasts love ideas and news about the redesign.
New Engines, Specs, Hybrid, Electric Motors
The GT-R is pretty old, but engineers were refreshing the drivetrain every now and then. All the time, the engine used for the sports car was a 3.8-liter V6. The twin-turbo system squeezed maximum power from it. In the first wave, the engine produced 485 hp and after the update, engineers made it more potent with 550 hp. The outgoing model is coming with a setup that produces 570 horsepower. For the Nismo model, the output goes up to 600 ponies.
The new edition is going to bring more. We don’t have details, but rumors are mentioning a couple options. First, there is a new configuration for the existing engine. Well, it is the most powerful unit Nissan has to offer. This time, the base version will come out with more than 600 hp.
Other speculations are mentioning an additional source of power. The hybrid would add more ponies, but the car is gaining weight in this case. However, if that can’t affect acceleration, top speed, and handling, there is nothing fans should care about. Finally, there is a big electrification plan in Nissan. Could the new GT-R become an all-electric supercar? We doubt, but let’s leave this chapter opened.
2021 Nissan GT-R Nismo
The top of the lineup model for the 2021 Nissan GT-R will be Nismo. The package is upgrading both engine room and styling. Usually, there are racing-oriented parts, but the car remains street-legal. It is still early to talk about the performance since Nissan is not going to let us know that before the standard model is out.
Currently, the Nismo version is producing 600 hp. The carmaker will upgrade the outputs. Still, there are a couple of possibilities here. First of all, we expect a hybrid engine. The PHEV system could add more of everything. The major concern is extra weight. The 2021 Nissan GT-R Nismo is not arriving at the same time as the base version, so the special version has additional time for development.
This package also comes with specific upgrades inside the cabin. For example, you will find black leather upholstery with red stitches and other accents. Dual-zone automatic climate control and sun visors are standard. Also, you will find the 8-way driver seat. The price goes up and ends beyond $220,000. The cheaper version is definitely Nissan 370Z Nismo.
Trim Levels, Accessories, Prices
Nismo is the most expensive version of the supercar. It costs more than $200,000 and brings unique upgrades. Even the base model is luxurious. The price tag of $115,000 tells a lot about it. Brembo brakes on 20-inch wheels are the most interesting features. Plenty of infotainment accessories are there, such as hands-free Bluetooth features and Apple CarPlay. Noise cancelation and sound enhancement boost the overall impression inside the cabin. Advanced safety equipment is already available at the base trim level.
The 50th-anniversary model will be out after this season. Still, buyers will have other choices to make. The 2021 Nissan GT-R will definitely get the Track Edition as well. A few Nismo features are already available on this model. Recano leather seats and carbon roof are making this version tougher. Drivers will have assist from a specific system. Features included in this package are: Hill assist start, cruise and traction control.