Still crazy popular after all these years.
The Nissan GT-R and the GT-R Nismo may be in the twilight of their lives but they remain popular amongst the faithful. As such, the track-focused Nismo has been reportedly been sold out for the 2022 model year, according to Carscoops. Nissan is no longer accepting orders for the car even though it was only revealed in April. That's because 2022 model year allocation is limited to just 300 examples. The Japanese automaker also says that 99 percent of those orders were for the GT-R Nismo Special Edition.
Revealed last spring, the Special Edition comes with the Nismo-exclusive Stealth Gray exterior paint, new 20-inch Rays forged aluminum wheels with red accents, as well as a new clear-coated carbon fiber hood with exposed carbon weave.
It also features the automaker's new throwback logo. Like the "standard" GT-R Nismo, the Special Edition comes powered by the same 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 rated at 600 horsepower and 481 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed dual-clutch transmission routes that power to all four corners. However, the Special Edition does feature bespoke piston rings, connecting rods, crank pulley, valve springs, crankshaft, and flywheel. Pricing still remains unknown but that clearly didn't deter customers who fought for a spot in line.
For reference, the regular GT-R Nismo carries a starting price tag of $210,740. The Special Edition certainly costs more than that. It's been 13 years since the R35 generation GT-R hit the streets.
It was updated in 2011 with new engine mapping, a revised exhaust, and several other tweaks. The most significant change happened for 2017 when Nissan gave the GT-R lineup a fairly significant facelift with new front-end styling featuring the V-Motion grille and some interior upgrades like a new steering wheel and infotainment system. Output was also increased from 544 hp to 562 hp for the non-Nismo model.
Nissan remains mum on what's next for the GT-R nameplate. Will the R35 soldier on for yet another refresh, or will it be replaced entirely by an electrified R36? We get closer to an answer every day.