While the R35 GT-R is still soldiering on the same chassis for over 10 years now, Nissan has made a very interesting announcement, featuring the earlier version of ‘Godzilla’. Through its official Twitter account, Nissan has announced that it is embarking on an electric vehicle (EV) conversion of the Nissan R32 Skyline GT-R.
The project was inspired by a Nissan engineer who said, “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.” Nissan says that it will incorporate the company’s latest electrification technology into this EV conversion project.
The R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R is the model’s generation that earned the ‘Godzilla’ nickname. It is powered by the RB26DETT 2.6-litre twin turbocharged engine which makes 276 hp and 353 Nm of torque. Power was sent to all wheels via a 5-speed manual gearbox. Despite its simplicity, the R32 GT-R’s design is iconic and has been an inspiration for many cars following its era.
Nissan has yet to unveil further technical details of the EV conversion project. All that has been said is that it will employ its latest electrification technology. Current fully electric cars in the brand’s lineup include the Nissan Ariya and Nissan Leaf, with the former being its current flagship EV model.
In its range-topping dual-motor version, the Nissan Ariya makes 394 hp and 600 Nm, which is more than what the R32 GT-R used to make. 0-100km/h is done in 5.1 seconds. Power comes from an 87-kWh battery pack and the Ariya is capable of an all-electric range of just under 600 km. With a fast charger, the Ariya can regain 400 km of electric range in just 30 minutes.