Rumor Control – The R35 GT-R Final Edition

11 months ago

So rumor has it that in 2022 / 2023 the R35 GT-R will get the perfect send-off in the form of the “final edition”.

This R35 GT-R is rumoured to be going to have 710 horsepower costing around 40 million yen in Japan ($377,300 or you do the conversion), but here is the kicker … limited to just 20 units !?!!

So does this mean that we will see a new Nissan GTR in 2023? But isn’t 2023 too late to unveil a ‘new’ Nissan GTR?

According to media the Fairlady Z as it’s known in Japan will be joined by a mild-hybrid R35 GT-R. The cited publication makes a case for an integrated starter-generator unit powered by a 48-volt electrical system, a relatively simple solution to making the two-door coupe a little more frugal. They make the case for ever-tightening fuel & emissions regulations for this change, which is pretty late considering the age of the R35 – don’t forget it was December 2007 when the R35 GT-R entered production with 480 horsepower from a twin-turbocharged V6. The integrated starter-generator unit will reportedly add 27 horsepower and 184 pound-feet (250 Nm) to the tally, which isn’t exactly much compared to the likes of the plug-in hybrid 3.0-liter V6-engined McLaren Artura supercar.

Thus adding insult to injury, Nissan may keep the R35 on life support until 2024!?

The other rumour is that the ‘final model’ will be powered by the V6 unit that Nissan used in the GT-R50 by Italdesign. Mind you, NISMO tweaked that engine to produce an astounding 710 horsepower & 575 pound-feet of torque. So bring out those calculators, gentlemen, the power figures that NISMO managed to squeeze out of the VR38DETT V6 represents an increase of 110 horsepower & 94 pound-feet of torque over the incumbent MY20 R35 GT-R NISMO.

So to cap it all … don’t you just hate rumour & speculation!

The car is about two years away & the media need to sell magazines … as Public Enemy once said :

“Don’t believe the hype”.

Just wait until Nissan actually confirm something!