Patent and trademark filings are sort of like tasseography for those of us in the auto industry. If you know where and how to look at something, there's a lot to be figured out. Take this trademark filing from Nissan - it's similar to the Pure Drive badge found on a Versa or Sentra, but the bottom half sports the phrase "R-Hybrid." This wouldn't be remarkable if the "R" in R-Hybrid weren't the same style as the "R" in the Nissan GT-R's badge, right down to the serifs.

While it's easy to see this as grasping at straws, it makes a fair degree of sense. The R35 GT-R may be a dominant performance machine, but it's been around since 2008, which is donkey years in the automotive industry. And based on the recent crop of hybridized hypercars and racecars, a hybrid GT-R doesn't seem like such a stretch.

As Car And Driver points out, figuring out that the GT-R will go hybrid isn't hard - figuring out when it will arrive, is. The buff book rightly points out that a new GT-R isn't expected until 2017, but that designing and trademarking a badge four years ahead of time is a bit odd. Car and Driver speculates that we could see a mildly hybridized R35, although the chances do seem remarkably low. Head over to C/D for a more thorough rundown on why this just might be a GT-R badge, including comparisons with other R-badged Nissans.


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      Jason Krumvieda
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think it is for Pirates.
      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      Could be a GT-R hybrid or Altima/Maxima hot hybrid? The "Pure Drive" badge leads me to believe sporty one off Altima hybrid sedan like SE-R Hybrid Altima or Maxima equivalent since the new one has some GT-R design influence like the roof. I don't think they would add the "Pure Drive" part if it was a GT-R but who knows it's just a badge for now.
        Joey Franklin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Cruising
        Pure Drive refers to the latest generation CVT so i think you are probably right, this is most likely for the 2.5 supercharged hybrid powertrain that is coming in the Pathfinder/JX and the R-Drive badge would be for Altima or even Q30 application.
      stoosh95
      • 2 Years Ago
      In my mind, I read "Nissan Rye Bread"
      lne937s
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think it may be possible that Nissan is going to use "R" to signify what it means at the end of engine codes, as in HR12DDR. In other words, supercharged. In the Micra, the engine with the "R" at the end offers both better fuel economy and additional horsepower vs. the non-supercharged version of the same engine. We know that Nissan is planning a Supercharged hybrid system for the Altima that promises both improved fuel economy and better performance. It wouldn't surprise me if the "R Hybrid" just means supercharged hybrid system.
      protovici
      • 2 Years Ago
      Rice-Hybrid?
      RetrogradE
      • 2 Years Ago
      R'tard, maybe?
      John
      • 2 Years Ago
      nissan/infinity is in partnership with the highly successful f1 red bull car. it would be amazing to see the hybrid tech in the formula renault trickle down to the nissan gtr.
      hashiriyasr20
      • 2 Years Ago
      my bet is that a GTR soon, if not the 2015 Nismo GTR, will have the Williams flywheel KERS system.
        chanonissan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @hashiriyasr20
        from what was reported they were only working on aerodynamics and platform, nothing about power trains. Using their specialist expertise of aerodynamics, simulation and material science, Williams Advanced Engineering will join the engineering development team from Nismo currently working on developing future Nismo products for launch worldwide from 2014 and beyond. http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/NEWS/2013/_STORY/130627-03-e.html
      Making11s
      • 2 Years Ago
      Couldn't it just be a new trim line for their hybrids?
      Emory Coleman
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think it could be a safe assumption that Nissan, with its mildly high-performance Infiniti M Hybrid(that beat out the Porsche PanameraS Hyd) , might be starting a performance hybrid line of vehicles, that very well top-out with a High Performance GT-R Hybrid. A next gen Maxima, Altima, Juke, Sentra, not to mention all of Infiniti's new line-up could benefit from performance hybrid variants. This could also be the most cost effective approach.
        chanonissan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Emory Coleman
        the infiniti M hybrid is not a mild hybrid, the infiniti JX/QX60 is the vehicle with the mild hybrid, the M hybrid can run in electric mode for 1.5 miles up to 60 MPH and it is a 60 HP motor.In fact the infinit and the porsche system is similar with infiniti being the most efficient and faster.
      DT
      • 2 Years Ago
      How much does Aol charge car makers to run these wonderful stories about their cars?
      toyolla2
      • 2 Years Ago
      Obviously the R stands for REAR DRIVE. Electric drive architectures seem to be preferencing towards the rear axle some even equipped with twin AC motors such as the Linamar electric transaxle featured here a few months ago.
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