Kinishi Tanuma, Nissan’s new chief engineer for the GT-R, has some pretty big shoes to fill. He’s the replacement for Kazutoshi Mizuno, the man credited with making the current R35 GT-R the world-beating performance machine that it is. He was also a proponent of keeping the GT-R’s supercar-like performance accessible to the common man, although in recent years the car’s pricetag has reached six-figure territory.
The good news is that Tanuma also shares the belief that the GT-R’s performance should be more accessible. Speaking with Automotive News
(subscription required), Tanuma said he was looking to boost volumes for the GT-R and focus on quality and value rather than simply increasing the horsepower.
“We need more of a volume car, not just more horsepower,” Tanuma explained. “Americans love this kind of big power, but I want to show more quality, more value.
Currently, the car’s production is limited because there are only four staff, known as Takumi
, that are trained to assemble the car’s handmade engine. Tanuma said that a fifth Takumi is being trained. Last year Nissan sold 1,188 GT-Rs in the U.S., the car’s biggest market.
Tanuma was tight with further details on the GT-R’s future. He did reveal, however, that there would be more electronic aids.
According to previous reports, a redesigned R36 GT-R could be introduced as early as the 2016 model year
and feature hybrid technology developed with the Williams F1 Team
. Before the arrival of the R36 GT-R, however, we’ll see a new GT-R NISMO model
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