The GT-R soldiers on for its 13th model year.
After leaving enthusiasts' cries unanswered for years, Nissan finally teased the next-generation Z car. The 370Z has been around since 2008, and after more than a decade, it's time for a new model. But what about the GT-R? It has also been around since 2008, and we still have no official wordthat a new model is in the works. Now, the 2021 Nissan GT-R and 2021 Nissan GT-R Nismo have officially debuted, and as you might expect, they aren't all-new.
Entering its 13th year in production, sales for the R35 GT-R have slowed down considerably, but Nissan still manages to sell a few hundred of them each year. For 2021, the mid-level GT-R Track Edition will go away, and the one-year-only 50th Anniversary Edition drops off as well.
There are now only two GT-R models to choose from; the GT-R Premium and the GT-R Nismo. The GT-R Premium uses the same familiar 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine producing 565 horsepower and 467 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission sending power to a rear transaxle ATTESA E-TSall-wheel-drive system, the car takes just 2.7 seconds to hit 60 mph.
Pricing starts at $113,540, which includes a new titanium exhaust, navigation system, and Apple CarPlay. Bayside Blue, a historic GT-R color that was previously only available on the 50th Anniversary Edition, is now available on the Premium model.
The GT-R Nismo costs nearly twice as much, starting at $210,740. Using GT3-style turbochargers, this model ups the output to 600 hp and 481 lb-ft of torque, dropping the 0-60 mph time to around 2.5 seconds. Nissan's Nismo division lightens the GT-R using carbon fiber for the front and rear bumpers, front fenders, hood, roof, side sill covers, trunk, and rear spoiler. Other Nismo upgrades include Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, Recaro seats, and red interior accents. 2021 could be the final model year for the R35 GT-R, but we've said this before.