Nissan has (strongly) hinted at a next-generation GT-R.
The Nissan GT-R simply will not die - not that we want it to, of course. Last week, the automaker revealed a new GT-R T-spec edition in Japan with upgrades like carbon-ceramic brakes and widened front fenders. Now, the T-spec has been announced in Australia as well, along with a new GT-R Nismo SV derivative in that country.
As part of the 2022 model year, these new GT-R models represent the final chapter of the sports car's journey Down Under. However, specific comments made by Nissan Australia Managing Director Adam Paterson seem to make it clear that an R36 generation of the GT-R is on the way. Previously, the R36 was rumored to adopt a hybrid powertrain.
"This isn't the end of the GT-R story in Australia, but it will mark the closure of this chapter for this generation vehicle," said Paterson. "There is surely no more fitting a send-off for this performance hero than with an expanded range offering that includes not one but two thrilling special editions."
The GT-R T-spec gets Brembo carbon-ceramic rotors as well as gold alloy wheels wrapped in Dunlop SP Sport Maxx high-performance tires. A new carbon-fiber spoiler and a model-exclusive dark green color for the interior are included for the T-spec as well.
For the new Nismo SV, the hood is fashioned from carbon fiber which results in a further weight reduction. It has 20-inch Rays aluminum forged wheels and numerous red accents on the body. The Nismo models produce 591 horsepower and 481 lb-ft of torque from the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6.
In Australia, the 2022 Nissan GT-R T-spec costs AU$256,700 (around $186,289) and the new GT-R Nismo SV tops the lineup at AU$393,800 ($285,784). They will arrive in that country next month. While we may be sad to see the current GT-R go, the blow is softened somewhat by Paterson's not-so-subtle references to a new generation of Nissan's halo performance car. It may very well be the last time that a GT-R has gas running through its veins.