It isn’t unreasonable to imagine that, given the GT-R’s absence from Nissan’s high-profile roundup of upcoming merchandise, that it could be on the chopping block. So, we reached out to Nissan for touch upon the twin-turbo, giant-killing GT-R sports activities automotive’s future, and whether or not it should survive to hitch the automaker’s gaggle of recent merchandise. Here is what we bought in response:
“Aside from what seems within the video, we’ve no extra data to share presently. GT-R is and stays an essential a part of our model and DNA nonetheless nothing to share presently past the 2020 Mannequin Yr.”
That video covers the whole lot Nissan goes to replace till the 2023 fiscal 12 months, we’re advised, which leaves two potentialities for the GT-R’s place within the automaker’s lineup by then. First, the GT-R could also be unceremoniously killed off between now and 2023. Full cease. Goodbye. Say a number of phrases and transfer on.
Extra probably, the sports activities automotive was overlooked of the new-product blitz hype video just because it will not be receiving a serious replace anytime quickly (or, nicely, earlier than 2023). This final result is healthier in that the GT-R stays alive. It is much less so when you think about the now-11-year-old GT-R is rising a bit long in the tooth. Regardless of a gentle stream of upgrades inherited over its lengthy manufacturing run, the beastly coupe shouldn’t be as potent or as succesful in opposition to newer automobiles in its class.
We have speculated for a while about the way forward for the GT-R, and this merely appears to verify the truth that, regardless of all our hopes and goals, the next-gen (probably codenamed R36) GT-R remains to be fairly a while away—however that Godzilla in all probability is not going extinct, both. Hey, everytime you’re able to drop a brand new GT-R, Nissan, we’ll be ready. Within the meantime, we’re trying ahead to seeing the brand new Z automotive totally uncovered.