Nissan celebrated the 50th anniversary of the GT-R with a special edition Godzilla created by Italdesign. The Nissan GT-R50 made its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last week and Italdesign announced that less than 50 examples will be built with a price tag of $1.06 million. However, what got us interested was some fresh information on the next-generation GT-R which will be launched in 2021. Speaking to UK’s Autocar magazine at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Nissan’s Senior Vice President of Global Design, Alfonso Albaisa, said the next-gen GT-R won’t take design cues from the 50th anniversary GT-R50 special edition; but “has to be its own special car.” He claimed the next version of the Godzilla will be the “fastest super sports car in the world” when its launched.
Albaisa told that the new Nissan GT-R is in the early phase of design and engineering and that the company is yet to decide on the powertrain for the performance car. “Whether we go to a lot of electrification or none at all, we can achieve a lot power-wise,” he told Autocar. “But we are definitely making a new ‘platform’ and our goal is clear: GT-R has to be the quickest car of its kind. It has to ‘own’ the track. And it has to play the advanced technology game; but that doesn’t mean it has to be electric.” The current generation GT-R makes 565 horsepower (or 600 in Nismo guise), and we can make a wild guess on the engine output of the R36 to make it the fastest super sport car. 700 plus horsepower?