Nowadays everyone is taking aim at Elon Musk.
Tesla has showed us time and again this year that electric cars can indeed be fun and perform just as well (or better) as those powered by gas. Nissan is obviously big on the green scene with its all-electric Leaf, but that car isn’t exactly exciting or powerful. However, the Nissan GT-R is both of those things, and apparently it could be heading towards an all-electric future. In an interview with Top Gear, Nissan’s EV director Gareth Dunsmore spoke glowingly about the possibility of an electric GT-R.
“The rate of change over the last five years has been phenomenal. We can’t build an electric GT-R today. But do I want to? I’d love to. Will we be able to do that in the future? I can’t see a technical reason why we wouldn’t be able to implement electric vehicle technology in something like a performance vehicle.” The next GT-R will be a hybrid so an EV option isn’t too far out of left field. Of course there’s always going to be worries about range, but Dunsmore isn’t saying he expects an electric Godzilla any time soon. With battery technology advancing as rapidly as it is and certain automakers (Tesla) investing in supercharging stations, range anxiety could realistically become a thing of the past in the next few years.
But would it still perform and drive like a GT-R? According to Dunsmore the answer to that question is a world-whooping yes. “But we’d need to do these things with credibility, take our expertise and know-how and make sure if we go to that step, it’s world beating, as the GT-R is today. It needs to be a world beater.” Nissan is on record saying it doesn't exactly fear Tesla, but we think Tesla should be plenty scared of a GT-R EV. Remember the GT-R is a 2+2 so it's just two doors and one seat away from being a sedan. Seriously, though, If it was priced comparably to the Model S we bet a few folks would think twice about buying what Elon Musk is selling.