As the current Nissan GT-R gets older, rumors seem to be popping up with increasing frequency about what tech might be in store for the next generation. Hopping right over all of that speculation, one Nissanexec is now talking about his dreams for the company’s halo model even further into the future. Regardless of whether a hybrid GT-R could be on the way, European EV Director Gareth Dunsmore thinks a fully electric version could happen one day.
“I can’t see a technical reason why we wouldn’t be able to implement electric vehicle technology in something like a performance vehicle,” Dunsmore said to Top Gear. Although don’t get too excited yet, Godzilla fans. “We can’t build an electric GT-R today,” he admitted. “But do I want to? I’d love to.”
According to Dunsmore, there’re still many steps before the GT-R could go fully electric. The team and Nissan would need to prove than an EV could really take on the best performance cars out there. “It needs to be a world beater,” he said to Top Gear.
The dream actually echoes rumors from years ago. As far back as 2010, Nissan was reportedly at least toying with the idea of making the GT-R into an EV, among some other options. The concern then was that Godzilla might be silenced bytightening emissions standards.
In 2010, an electric GT-R was probably still too avant-garde to actually happen, but things have changed. A Tesla Model S in Ludicrous mode can hit 60 in a claimed 2.8 seconds, and it’s not designed to be a laser-focused sports car. Imagine what could be possible, if Nissan aimed a production EV solely for performance.