Godzilla is going the way of the dinosaurs.
The Nissan GT-R has been on the market for an extraordinarily long time, and that longevity is partly down to the epic twin-turbo V6 engine that powers all four wheels. It's so tuner-friendly that it is capable of decimating Ken Block's Hoonicorn, and its styling has proved popular with those who like extreme aesthetics too. But sadly, it can't stick around forever, and a new one will soon be on its way eventually. In the meantime, most markets continue to sell the existing R35 model, but in some countries, ever more stringent emissions regulations have meant its retirement has come early. The latest country to kill the Japanese supercar off is Holland, and once again, the gases from the tailpipes are to blame.
As reported by Autoblog.NL, the R35 GT-R can still be found on the websites of Nissan Belgium and Germany, but most other European countries are no longer offering it. The Nissan High Performance Center has confirmed that European sales will soon come to an end altogether, but while emissions regulations are partly to blame, sales in the Netherlands have been relatively slow. When you realize that the car started at €183,000 (over $201,000) for the regular model and €303,800 (almost $340,000) for the GT-R Nismo, it's easy to see why. Here in the US, the same cars are priced at $113,540 and $210,000, respectively.
Seeing the Nissan GT-R being killed off is not a surprise, and we've already started to look to the future. Rumors have pointed to a hybrid GT-R replacing what we currently have. Fortunately, recent reports have indicated that the next GT-R, likely to be codenamed R36, will still boast a V6 engine and will draw styling inspiration from "the straight-edged silhouette of the R32 GT-R."
If you've been waiting for an opportunity to buy a GT-R, we wouldn't hesitate much longer. Your chances of owning the last electrification-free GT-R are dwindling, and while we're confident in Nissan's abilities, massive automakers have often let us down. Fingers crossed that won't happen this time around.