The Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R remains one of the most iconic JDM performance cars of all time thanks to its combination of 4WD and a highly-tuneable 2.6-litre twin-turbo straight-six. While the car originally had ‘only’ 276 bhp, the engine became famous for the amount of power that tuners could extract with minimal modifications. In short, it’s one of the most over-engineered motors of all time.
So when the news broke this week that Nissan could be working on an electrified version of the nameplate ‘GT-R’ the reactions on the car internet were mixed, to say the least. A mysterious new project that happens to be an EV restomod based on an R32? We could hardly imagine such a machine, or could we…?
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Purists, cool your heads. This one-off EV happens to be the brainchild of an unnamed GT-R-loving Nissan engineer who had the thought of infusing a silent electric powertrain in a Skyline. “By combining the car that I love the most with the technology that I think is the best, we can create a car that people around the world will be more excited about,” said the anonymous engineer.
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The teaser video shows an R32 GT-R with its engine idling, indicating a possible hybrid powertrain like those found on new supercars like the Lamborghini Revuelto, or simply the start of the EV project. It could even be an artificial sound mimicking the original RB26 engine with fake tailpipes. Whatever it is, the idea of an R32 GT-R EV restomod has certainly piqued our interest in regards to how the vehicle will drive or even how the car would be perceived within the tuner community.
As mentioned, the EV concept version will most probably have a dual-motor layout with all-wheel drive and a lot more power than the original version. Another possibility could be the inclusion of the Ariya’s e-4ORCE Performance powertrain system (or certainly a version of). We will get to know more in the future but for now, the R32 GT-R EV remains a tantalising prospect that could make it one of the coolest restomods around.
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