But is the concept more than just a fantasy of Nissan’s designers? According to the automaker, the design of the Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo was considered to have so much potential it benefited from input from an advanced engineering team based at Nissan’s technical center in Atsugi, Japan. As a result, Nissan has confirmed, the concept gives hints as to how a performance car of the future might look. Considering all the familiar design cues, that performance car of the future is likely to be the next-generation GT-R, theR36 model tipped to be introduced for the 2016 model year.
Few automakers are linked as intimately with the Gran Turismo series as Nissan, and no car more so than the GT-R—years before the GT-R came to the U.S., players became acquainted with it through the game, producing a ready-made fan base when the car finally arrived in Stateside showrooms in 2008—so it’s entirely possible that Nissan will use the video game to give us our first inkling of a new GT-R.