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NewsNissan's Future Electric GT-R Will have Solid-State Batteries

Nissan’s Future Electric GT-R Will have Solid-State Batteries

  • Nissan is serious about bringing back the GT-R in its electric future.

  • The next GT-R could receive two, three or four engines.

  • Driving engagement will be a priority.


 

The reveal of Nissan’s Hyper Force concept at the Tokyo Mobility Show rekindled the dream of seeing a new GT-R in a few years’ time.

Nissan Hyper Force concept | Photo: Vincent Aubé

However, purists of the high-performance model will have to get used to it: the Japanese brand’s next supercar will be 100% electric. Forget about a twin-turbocharged V6 engine under the hood or even a straight-six like all previous generations of the model.

Nissan Hyper Force concept | Photo: Vincent Aubé

On this subject, Nissan‘s product strategy chief Ivan Espinosa told the British magazine Top Gear at the Tokyo Motor Show that solid-state battery technology must be part of the formula for this future electrically powered GT-R. Nissan has already stated that it intends to introduce this technology from 2028. Although it will be a long time before we see these famous batteries on board one or more Nissan products, it’s not such a long time when you think about it.

Nissan Hyper Force concept | Photo: Vincent Aubé

The new electric vehicles on the market are gaining more and more power and performance, but with bigger batteries, these EVs must deal with an extra weight contrary to the needs of a sports car.

As confirmed by Nissan’s product boss in his interview with Top Gear, this improvement in (battery) density will make it possible to offer a more compact package, which will be favourable to a more aerodynamic silhouette and a 2+2 configuration specific to the GT-R.

Nissan Hyper Force concept | Photo: Vincent Aubé

For the moment, the number of motors anticipated for this future electric GT-R remains unknown, but Nissan seems open to the idea of integrating a pair of motors or even inflating this number to three or four mills, if only to manage to offer that rather electrifying 1,341 horsepower.

The head of the company also mentioned that the group’s next supercar would retain its four-wheel-drive architecture, as the manufacturer has already presented its e-4orce all-wheel drive system, unlike the previous ATTESA systems.

One thing is certain: Nissan has no intention of turning its next flagship car into a computer on wheels. Driving pleasure will therefore remain a top priority, with Nissan even talking about the possibility of the car being able to complete a few laps on a closed circuit. We certainly hope so.

 

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