The dimly lit R32 EV, shown in a brief video on Nissan’s Japanese website, will be the company’s first electric sports car, albeit not for mass production.
The R32 Skyline EV was created by a single engineer who joined the company out of necessity “”I want to build a more exciting car by adding the latest electrification technology that I am involved in to my favorite car,” he said of the original 1989 R32 Skyline. We can create a car that people around the world will be more excited about by combining the car that I love the most with the technology that I believe is the best.”
The video depicts the car’s rear with a large exhaust and no visible differences from the combustion model, which is widely praised for its charismatic twin-turbocharged straight-six engine. Because the video shows the 2.6-liter engine’s exhaust note, it’s possible that the car, like the Maserati GranTurismo Folgore and Abarth 500e, will have exterior speakers.
The chassis in the R32 EV could be from Nissan’s Ariya e4orce electric crossover. Nissan claims that this four-wheel drive system has the same software and hardware configuration as the Attesta ET-S system, which powered the R35 Nissan GT-R for 13 years before being discontinued in early 2022.
Nissan Nismo CEO Takao Katagiri told last year that his division is working on a bespoke electrified flagship for the UK. The flagship is expected to arrive this decade and may be influenced by Nissan’s R32 EV, implying that this is the first step towards electrifying the GT-R badge.
The Japanese company’s current electric offerings are the Ariya and Leaf, which were introduced in 2022 and 2010, respectively. The Qashqai, Juke, and X-Trail will also be electrified beginning in 2025 as part of the company’s transition away from its popular e-Power hybrid powertrain.