Nissan GT-R Production to End in October 2024 After 17 Years

After a remarkable 17-year production run, Nissan has announced that it will cease production of the R35 GT-R sports car in October 2024. North America remains one of the last markets where the GT-R is still available, as it was discontinued in India and Europe in 2022. To bid farewell, Nissan USA is releasing two special edition models: the Skyline and Takumi Editions, unveiled earlier this year.

The End of an Era for the Nissan GT-R

Key Highlights

  • Production to End After 17 Years: Nissan GT-R’s production will conclude in October 2024.
  • Powerful Engine: Equipped with a 570hp, 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine.
  • No Direct Replacement Planned: Future successor likely to be an all-electric model arriving by the decade’s end.

A Legacy of Performance and Innovation

Fondly known as “Godzilla,” the current-generation GT-R made its debut in 2007, succeeding the R34 Skyline GT-R. Throughout its lifespan, Nissan kept the GT-R competitive with two major facelifts, numerous special editions, and continuous performance upgrades, ensuring its relevance amidst evolving rivals and regulatory changes.

The GT-R earned a legendary status in the tuning community, with some modified versions exceeding 1000hp. One such example is known to exist in India. In its stock form, the GT-R’s 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine delivers 570hp, paired with a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The power is transmitted to all four wheels via an AWD system.

Final Editions: Skyline and Takumi

To commemorate the GT-R’s final production run, Nissan is releasing two special editions. The GT-R Skyline Edition features an exclusive Bayside Blue exterior paint and blue interiors. The T-spec Takumi Edition, named after the master craftspeople who hand-assemble each GT-R engine, boasts a Midnight Purple exterior and a Mori Green interior. Unique to the Takumi Edition is a gold VIN plate with red-etched writing, honoring the artisans dedicated to its creation. Both models are equipped with carbon-ceramic brakes, gold RAYS forged wheels, and wider front fenders.

Looking Ahead

While there is no direct replacement planned for the iconic GT-R, Nissan previewed the Hyper Force electric concept in October 2023, hinting at a future all-electric GT-R. This next-generation model is anticipated to debut by the end of this decade. The GT-R, which was available in India from 2016 to 2022, will always be remembered as a versatile and powerful everyday sports car.

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