2016 Nissan GT-R Spy Shots, Redesign and Review

Recent reports said that a Nissan GT-R prototype, suspected as the 2016 Nissan GT-R, was caught undergoing a road test in Europe. The prototype was only using heavy camouflage on its frontend. People begin speculating whether this prototype is a facelifted of the current GT-R or could it be the next generation of the famous Japanese sports car.

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We’ve been hearing a lot about Nissan’s next-generation GT-R, the R36, in recent months but the car’s arrival is still likely years away as we’re yet to see any prototypes. And considering Nissan has been implementing yearly updates for the R35 ever since the model’s 2009 launch, it’s safe to assume the automaker has one or two more updates planned for the current car before it finally introduces the R36.

It should come as little surprise then that an R35 wearing some heavy camouflage gear on its nose has been spotted near the Nürburgring race track in Germany. While it’s possible we’re looking at an early test mule for the R36, our sources tell us engineers are testing a facelifted version of the R35 that’s likely to be introduced for the 2016 model year.

Exterior

We can clearly see the bumper, though masked, features a new design. The shape of the grille aperture is new, appearing more hexagonal, and the opening where the GT-R badge normally sits is also new, taking on a V shape that’s set to become a signature design element of future Nissans.

The car will continue as a coupe but with much smoother styling to improve its aerodynamic performance. It is also on a major weight-reduction regime – including use of lightweight carbon-fibre – to trim about 180kg.

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Powertrain

The car is also rumored to have a hybridized powertrain that consists of a 650 bhp (485 kW) twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 and a 134 bhp (100 kW) electric motor. If these numbers plan out, the model could have a combined maximum output of 784 bhp (585 kW).

Release Date

It’s still not clear whether this test mule is a facelifted GT-R or a next-gen version of GT-R. As we mentioned before, this could be a facelifted version of R35 (2016 Nissan GT-R), which is very likely to release sometime in 2015 as 2016 model year.

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