R35 Nissan GT-R Bowing Out for Electric Sports Cars: End Of An Era?

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R35 Nissan GT-R Bowing Out for Electric Sports Cars: End Of An Era?
R35 Nissan GT-R Bowing Out for Electric Sports Cars: End Of An Era?

The iconic R35 Nissan GT-R, a staple in the sports car world for almost 17 years, may be nearing its end with rumors of a final, limited production run. While the GT-R has bid farewell to markets like Australia, where it ceased production in 2021, it has soldiered on in places like Japan. However, indications hint that its time might be drawing to a close.

According to the Japanese publication Magazine X, the curtain will soon fall on the R35 Nissan GT-R, with the announcement of the 2025 model set for March 14. This forthcoming iteration is anticipated to serve as the swan song for the beloved sports car, which has been in continuous production since its debut in 2007.

Allegedly, only 1500 units will be manufactured, with 300 of those being the high-performance Nismo models. The decision to cease production reportedly stems from challenges in sourcing certain components essential for manufacturing. Japanese dealers reportedly received communication from Nissan regarding the discontinuation of production.

In Australia, the GT-R met its end in 2021 due to new regulations mandating stricter side impact standards, culminating in a final run of 50 model year 2022 examples, including special T-Spec and Nismo SV variants.

Nissan Hyper Force
Nissan Hyper Force (Credits: Nissan Motor Corporation)

In 2023, Nissan introduced an updated GT-R for the Japanese market, featuring special editions, a redesigned front grille, and enhancements to aerodynamics, ride quality, and overall refinement.

Speculation has swirled about the GT-R’s successor being an electric sports car, with Nissan teasing a concept reminiscent of the GT-R’s legacy at the 2023 Tokyo Motor Show.

Dubbed the Hyper Force, this electric coupe boasts an impressive 1000kW power output through its all-wheel-drive system.

While a departure from the traditional twin-turbo V6 engine found in the current GT-R, the Hyper Force retains iconic design elements such as the distinctive stove burner tail lights and offers two drive modes named “R” and “GT.”

Reports from Japanese outlet Best Car Web suggest that while the next-generation GT-R will indeed harness electric power, it will take the form of a four-door model akin to the Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron GT. The rumored R36 GT-R is purportedly slated to debut in 2028, marking a significant shift in the iconic sports car’s evolution.

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