For fans of working-class superhero sportscars like the all-conquering Nissan GT-R, you can rest assured that Nissan isn’t going to rest on its laurels or let the current recession kill their plans to replace the current R35 model. They’re already hard at work on the next model, the R36, according to Nissan’s VP of global product planning Andy Palmer. They’re pegging the product cycle’s length to that of it’s arch-nemesis (on the ‘Ring, at least), the Porsche 911.
Since the two sports cars have been swapping insults and Nurburgring lap time claims, it makes sense that Nissan wants to have a new Godzilla laying in wait to ambush the next 911. However, don’t expect a totally clean-slate redesign – it’ll be an “evolution” of the current platform, retaining the drivetrain setup. Fans of the VR38DETT, the AWD, and that trick rear-transaxle setup shouldn’t be thrilled. Therefore, look for incremental changes as the Nissan engineers tweak and prod the GT-R into ever greater levels of performance. That’s a sensible investment.