Report: Final Edition Nissan GT-R In The Works

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

A new report out of Japan suggests that the Nissan GT-R, aka Godzilla, will be bowing out the opposite of gracefully with a high-zoot model that will mark the end of this generation.

That same report suggests it will be a bit before any replacement for the flagship performance car will reach the market.

According to the report from Best Car Web cited by Motor1, the next GT-R is expected to arrive in 2023. That means the current car will say goodnight in 2022 with a limited-edition model, again according to the report. If this is true, just 20 units will be produced, all making 710 horsepower and 575 lb-ft of torque, using the engine from the Italdesign GT-R50. That 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 was massaged by NISMO and the turbos themselves came from the GT3-class GT-R race car.

The intercoolers are larger, the fuel injectors are high-flow, and the six-speed dual-clutch automatic gets beefed up to handle the power.

This car, should it arrive as described, won’t be cheap. Motor1 pegs the car at around $380,000, given Best Car Web’s estimate of much yen this vehicle will cost in Japan and current exchange rates. Those rates will change between now and 2022, of course. Regardless, it’s likely that this rumored car will cost quite a bit more than the 2021 Nissan GT-R NISMO and its $210,740 price tag. That said, the Italdesign car is worth a cool million, so in a sense, you’d be getting that powertrain for a relative bargain.

If the report is true, that is. Speculative reporting on product always requires a bit of skepticism (yes, I know we’re reporting on it, too) for whatever reason. Automakers change plans, sources are wrong, et cetera. It’s also worth noting that the link that takes you to BCW now is all about Subaru, meaning either Motor1 grabbed the wrong link or the piece has been updated.

Still, it’s not unreasonable that Nissan would want to end the R35’s run with something special, or even more special than the current GT-R. Especially as the current car will be a decade and a half old by 2022.

There’s a lot of anticipation for the next GT-R, but the current one could make some waves on the way out the door.

[Image: Nissan]

Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Indi500fan Indi500fan on Sep 10, 2020

    I look at that rig and compare the styling to my 240Z and thinking what a turn for the ugly.

  • Namesakeone Namesakeone on Sep 14, 2020

    You have to know that some marketing genius within Nissan is trying to convince the designers and engineers of the next GT-R to make it a four-door...with three-row seating...and a liftgate...and an externally-mounted spare tire...and keep the all-wheel-drive, but with some ground clearance...and then you won't even need the high-performance engine or suspension!

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