By on September 10, 2020

2021 Nissan GT-R NISMO. Nissan

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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5 Comments on “Report: Final Edition Nissan GT-R In The Works...”

  • avatar

    So Nissan, which is currently hemorrhaging cash and cutting product development right and left just to survive, is going all in on a $380K vanity model of which they hope to sell twenty?

    Interesting set of priorities they’ve got there.

    • 0 avatar

      To be fair, it sounds like they are cobbling it together from parts and technology that already exists. Possibly much of it is just sitting around on a shelf somewhere, losing seal viability, etc. Either way, it should just be a case of bolting things together and testing it.

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    Land Ark

    I’ve always wanted to love this gen GTR, but its looks have never grown on me and it just isn’t the same as the previous iterations – which were hot versions of fairly normal cars. This one is too sterile and became too self aware – especially in the price category.

    Here’s hoping for something good in the next generation. I’m sure it’ll be hybrid or fully electric but maybe it won’t be so unattractive.

  • avatar

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

  • avatar

    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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