Nissan has always been among my favorite brands. As far as Japanese cars go, it always stood out as a more performance-oriented brand than Toyota or Honda. I've also had good luck in terms of the reliability of my Nissans. One of my favorite cars was a '92 240sx that had a bulletproof engine even at 180,000 miles. It went like a rocket and damn if it didn't look good too.
Now Nissan execs say they are looking at electric drive trains as a possible new sports car platform. With rumors of the Nissan contemplating a hybrid version of the GT-R, this could be something to look forward to.
Of course we've all heard of the Nissan LEAF by now. The LEAF has the distinction of being the first affordable electric car for the global mass market. Many people try to argue that electric cars lack performance, but that is simply not true. Capable of delivering 100% of torque at 0 rpm, electric cars could easily run nose-to-nose with many muscle cars and sports sedans given the right motivation. A hybrid Nissan GT-R is a step in the right direction, though there have been rumors of its premature demise due to heightened emissions and mileage standards.
In an interview with AutoCar, Toshiyuki Shiga, chief operating officer of Nissan said that “The GT-R is part of Nissan’s heritage. In fact, since Nissan started as a car company, it has been offering driving pleasure through sports cars. I can’t commit to any new products but, as far as we know, we are keeping this brand, these technologies, and trying to offer sporty cars. I am also thinking of electric vehicles as sporty cars.”
Driving an electric car like a sports car would drastically affect the range though, as getting on the pedal can quickly drain the battery. Still, the market really seems to be gravitating away from gas guzzlers and towards cars other than those powered by petrol. A real electric sports car would do a lot to change the minds of the non-believers as well. Do it to it, Nissan.
Source: AutoCar | Image: Nissan