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Nissan GT-R Prototype Spied with New Front Bumper

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/9/2014 Jason Udy

Last time we saw Godzilla wearing camouflage, it was a prototype for the track-focused Nissan GT-R Nismo. Now, a base Nissan GT-R Premium has been spotted wearing a camouflaged front fascia, though the rest of the body appears unmodified.

The upper grille of the new front end has new aerodynamic inserts, as does the lower air intake. A new lower air dam wraps up the outer edges of the fascia. The update could affect how airflow is directed below the car as well as around the front wheels.

© Provided by MotorTrend Since arriving in the states in 2009, there have been several variants of the R35-generation Nissan GT-R ( Premium, Black Edition, Track Edition, Nismo ), and this latest prototype could be a mule for another special-edition model or possibly a final edition model before the next-generation model arrives. The prototype could also be part of Nissan’s ongoing commitment to give the GT-R yearly improvements.

Another possibility is that the prototype could be an early mule for the next-generation R36 Nissan GT-R, expected to debut next year. It’s not uncommon for automakers to graft new front ends onto the current model for early testing. The next-generation Nissan GT-R is expected to get a hybrid powertrain with as much as 784 hp and 737 lb-ft of torque by mating an electric motor to the back of the existing twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-6. An eight-speed dual-clutch transmission could replace the current model’s six-speed gearbox.

Check out these spy shots and tell us what you think Nissan is testing.

Photo Source: CarPix

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