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Nissan has just announced that it’ll be unveiling a new GT-R model, specifically for the Japanese domestic market, tomorrow at 1.30 pm MYT.
Before anyone gets too excited, though, we need to mention that this “new” GT-R is likely just another version of the current R35 model, with several styling tweaks or added features, like the recently-launched 2021 Nissan GT-R Nismo.
We know, disappointing. The R-35 Nissan GT-R was first launched way back in 2007, and over the years, it’s received a couple of styling tweaks and performance updates (with the last major update being in 2016) – but the car is still essentially, undoubtedly the same car we first saw nearly 15 years ago now.
In its current form, the Nissan GT-R is powered by a hand-built twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V6 engine that makes 572 hp and 633 Nm of torque – a significant upgrade from the 492 hp/588 Nm of the first iteration.
There’s also a more powerful “Nismo” version as we mentioned above, which boosts the output up to 600 hp and 652 Nm, translating to a 0-100 km/h time of 2.8 seconds.
Check out the 2021 Nissan GT-R Nismo in more detail here!
However, there were rumours recently about Nissan breaking out of its mould for the latest (last?) GT-R, suggesting the use of a mild-hybrid powertrain (with up to 600 hp/883 Nm) to send off the R35 generation.
A separate rumour also suggests that we might even see the 720 hp powertrain from Italdesign’s GT-R50 on the model’s swansong model – although, with the amount of work required to push out that much more power (plus the fact that the GT-R50 costs nearly 1 million Euros), we think that this is the least likely scenario of all.
In related news, a Nissan GT-R R34 was listed for sale in Malaysia for a whopping RM2 million. Will the R35 enjoy the same clout in the future?
Either way, this “new” Nissan GT-R will likely be one of, if not the last model of the R35 generation – or we hope, at least. Catch the livestream of the reveal yourself at the YouTube link above.
[Source: Nissan via Carscoops]
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