Report: Final Edition Nissan GT-R In The Works

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
report final edition nissan gt r in the works

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]

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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!

  • Denis Jeep have other cars?!?
  • Darren Mertz In 2000, after reading the glowing reviews from c/d in 1998, I decided that was the car for me (yep, it took me 2 years to make up my mind). I found a 1999 with 24k on the clock at a local Volvo dealership. I think the salesman was more impressed with it than I was. It was everything I had hoped for. Comfortable, stylish, roomy, refined, efficient, flexible, ... I can't think of more superlatives right now but there are likely more. I had that car until just last year at this time. A red light runner t-boned me and my partner who was in the passenger seat. The cops estimate the other driver hit us at about 50 mph - on a city street. My partner wasn't visibly injured (when the seat air bag went off it shoved him out of the way of the intruding car) but his hip was rather tweaked. My car, though, was gone. I cried like a baby when they towed it away. I ruminated for months trying to decide how to replace it. Luckily, we had my 1998 SAAB 9000 as a spare car to use. I decided early on that there would be no new car considered. I loathe touch screens. I'm also not a fan of climate control. Months went by. I decided to keep looking for another B5 Passat. As the author wrote, the B5.5 just looked 'over done'. October this past year I found my Cinderella slipper - an early 2001. Same silver color. Same black leather interior. Same 1.8T engine. Same 5 speed manual transmission. I was happier than a pig in sh!t. But a little sad also. I had replaced my baby. But life goes on. I drive it every day to work which takes me over some rather twisty freeway ramps. I love the light snarel as I charge up some steep hills on my way home. So, I'm a dyed-in-the-wool Passat guy.
  • Paul Mezhir As awful as the styling was on these cars, they were beautifully assembled and extremely well finished for the day. The doors closed solidly, the ride was extremely quiet and the absence of squeaks and rattles was commendable. As for styling? Everything's beautiful in it's own way.....except for the VI's proportions were just odd: the passenger compartment and wheelbase seemed to be way too short, especially compared to the VI sedan. Even the short-lived Town Coupe had much better proportions. None of the fox-body Lincolns could compare to the beautiful proportions of the Mark was the epitome of long, low, sleek and elegant. The proportions were just about perfect from every angle.
  • ToolGuy Silhouetting yourself on a ridge like that is an excellent way to get yourself shot ( Skylining)."Don't you know there's a special military operation on?"
  • ToolGuy When Farley says “like the Millennium Falcon” he means "fully updatable" and "constantly improving" -- it's right there in the Car and Driver article (and makes perfect sense).