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

The final Skyline and Takumi special editions of the GT-R. Image Source: autocarindia.com

After a remarkable 17-year production run, Nissan has confirmed that it will phase out the R35 GT-R sports car in October. North America, one of the last markets where the GT-R was still sold, joins India and Europe, where it was discontinued in 2022. To mark its farewell, Nissan USA is releasing two special edition models, the Skyline and Takumi Editions, which were unveiled earlier this year.

 Nissan GT-R: End of an Era

Fondly known as “Godzilla,” the current-generation GT-R debuted in 2007, replacing the R34 Skyline GT-R. Over its long run, Nissan introduced two major facelifts, numerous special editions, and performance upgrades to keep it competitive against newer rivals and evolving regulations.

 Performance and Legacy

The GT-R has been a legend in the tuning community, with some modified versions producing over 1,000hp. One such example exists in India. In its stock form, the GT-R was powered by a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 engine, delivering 570hp and paired with a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It featured an all-wheel-drive system, ensuring exceptional handling and performance.

 Special Edition Models

The farewell special editions of the GT-R bring unique features and design elements. The GT-R Skyline Edition boasts an exclusive Bayside Blue exterior paint and blue interiors. The T-spec Takumi Edition honors the master craftsmen who hand-assembled each GT-R engine. It features a Midnight Purple exterior, Mori Green interior, and a gold VIN plate with red-etched writing in the engine bay, acknowledging the takumi’s dedication. Both models include carbon-ceramic brakes, gold RAYS forged wheels, and wider front fenders.

 Future Prospects

There will likely be no direct replacement for the iconic GT-R. However, Nissan previewed the Hyper Force electric concept in October 2023, hinting at the next-generation GT-R with an all-electric drivetrain. This new model is expected to arrive by the end of the decade.

 Legacy in India

The GT-R was available in India from 2016 to 2022, earning a reputation as an everyday sports car. Its legacy will be remembered for its blend of performance, practicality, and the ability to inspire automotive enthusiasts worldwide.

In conclusion, the R35 GT-R’s departure marks the end of an era for Nissan’s legendary sports car. As we look forward to the future of electric performance cars, the GT-R’s legacy will continue to inspire and influence the automotive world.

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