YOKOHAMA, Japan — A top Nissan executive is throwing cold water on rampant speculation the company will electrify the next generation of its venerable GT-R sports car.
Ivan Espinosa, senior vice president in charge of global product planning, said that while Nissan is looking at all options for deploying its electrified drivetrain technology, there are serious questions about whether an electrified GT-R is the right move.
"When you look at electrified technology as it stands today, I think a little bit more maturity is needed to make a supercar that can remain true to what the GT-R is," Espinosa said in an interview at Nissan Motor Co.'s global headquarters here.
Adding a battery, he said, may saddle the GT-R with too much extra cost and weight. He pointed to electric sports cars that are starting to come to market, but only at stratospheric prices.