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What If The New 2021 Nissan GT-R Looked Like This?


Assuming Godzilla survives the post-Ghosn transition.

Now well over a decade on the market, the Nissan GT-R is the oldest passenger car in Nissan's lineup – second only to the Frontier among all the vehicles it offers in North America. And the supercar-killer will likely have to stick it out for a while longer. But eventually, the Japanese automaker will have to phase it out, and hopefully replace it with a new one. If and when that happens, we hope it looks a little something like this.

A favorite pastime, it seems, among rendering artists, this latest projection of the future Godzilla comes from Enoch Gabriel Gonzales.

The budding automotive designer out of the Philippines has clearly drawn some familiar cues from the current GT-R and other, more recent Nissan designs, and updated them for 2021. And to our eyes, at least, it looks pretty spot-on.

We might have chopped the roofline down a bit (and raised the shoulder line) for a more hunkered-down greenhouse than this one that looks more like the 370Z's, with its sloping taper. But we dig the aggressive application of Nissan's signature V-Motion grille, the angular and intricate headlights, the protruding taillights (ostensibly inspired by Italdesign's GT-R50), and the overall angularity of it all.

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We wouldn't be surprised, in short, if the next-gen Nissan flagship ended up looking a fair bit like this. But the bigger question is what might eventually lay under its hood.

The current model, introduced way back in 2007, packs a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6, sending as much as 600 metric horsepower (in top Nismo spec) to all four wheels through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. The days of such powerful internal-combustion engines appear to be waning, though, so we're anticipating the next GT-R to incorporate some manner or another of electrification. That is, assuming the embattled Carlos Ghosn's successors don't axe the slow-selling model altogether.