Nissan has teased a restomod prototype of the iconic Skyline GT-R R32 sports car with an all-electric powertrain.

    The Japanese carmaker posted a short, 20-second video on Twitter of a regular, combustion-powered Skyline GT-R R32 starting up. Nissan also created a landing page on its Japanese website for the Skyline GT-R R32 EV prototype.

    “I want to build a more exciting car by adding the latest electrification technology that I am involved with to my favourite car,” said an undisclosed engineer when translated from Japanese to English.

    This engineer apparently joined Nissan because he admired the GT-R.

    At this stage it’s unclear what electric powertrain setup this Skyline GT-R R32 uses, nor what the outputs will be.

    The iconic combustion-powered model is powered by a 2.6-litre twin-turbo RB26DETT inline-six engine producing a claimed 206kW of power and 353Nm of torque, though the actual outputs were much higher.

    This was mated to a five-speed manual transmission with drive sent through an all-wheel drive system.

    The Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 was launched in 1989 and was in production until 1994. A total of 100 examples came to Australia in 1991 and were priced at $110,000 each.

    This car came to be known as ‘Godzilla’ due to its overwhelming success in the motorsport realm, especially in Australia where it achieved back-to-back Bathurst 1000 wins in 1991 and 1992.

    Fast forward to 2023, Nissan recently revised its Ambition 2030 long-term vision with more electrified vehicles planned.

    The Japanese carmaker now plans to announce 27 new electrified models – comprising 19 new electric vehicles (EVs) and eight new hybrid models – across the Nissan and Infiniti brands by fiscal year 2030.

    One of these new electrified models could be a new GT-R that’s powered by a hybrid or all-electric powertrain.

    NISMO CEO Takao Katagiri recently told Autocar the company is working on a “very exciting model” that will be sold in Japan, the US, the UK, and Europe.

    The new car will likely be the next-generation GT-R, or at the very least, the GT-R’s spiritual successor.

    Katagiri-san hinted the vehicle will be launched this decade, and said it will be available with a “combination” of hybrid and EV drivetrains.

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    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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