Nissan to Convert Iconic Skyline GT-R to Electric Power

Nissan has revealed that it is taking one of its most iconic models – the R32 Skyline GT-R – and giving it an electric motor makeover. In a 20-second video posted to Twitter, the concept car is seen with its electric motor, but accompanied by the sound of its famous 2.6-litre twin-turbo six-cylinder engine. The project is confirmed to be a one-off concept, with Nissan’s website revealing that it will be an “R32 (Skyline) GT-R that has been converted to EV with the latest electrification technology.”

The R32 Skyline GT-R became an instant classic when it was launched in August 1989, renowned for its power, four-wheel-drive, and four-wheel-steering systems, which helped it to win the 1990, 1991, and 1992 Australian Touring Car Championships, as well as the 1991 and 1992 Bathurst 1000 endurance races. The GT-R nameplate was continued across the Skyline’s R33 (1995-1998) and R34 (1999-2002) generations, before being revived as its own standalone model from 2007.

Nissan’s electric Skyline GT-R concept follows Toyota’s presentation of two zero-emissions Corolla AE86 coupes in January, powered by batteries and a petrol engine converted to run on hydrogen respectively. While Nissan has yet to announce specific details about the electric Skyline GT-R, such as how much power it will make and when it will be completed, the concept car has certainly raised a lot of interest. Will this be the first step in a new generation of electric GT-Rs? We can’t wait to find out!