Is time officially running out for the mighty ‘Godjira’? Nissan Australia hints the GT-R’s days might be numbered

If comments from Nissan Australia’s Managing Director, Adam Paterson is anything to go by, then one of the brand’s most iconic nameplates could be introduced as a hybrid or electric model in the coming years.

That nameplate, of course, is the GT-R and has continued to serve as the Japanese brand’s high-performance car over the various decades. The latest generation model – also known as the R35 – was released in 2008 and has since been updated over the course of its lifespan. Though no official confirmation has been made, there is a possibility that the current generation might be nearing the end of its lifecycle.

The comment from Patterson stated: “This isn’t the end of the GT-R story in Australia, but it will mark the closure of this chapter for this generation vehicle.” Now, while that may not be a definitive answer, the fact that the GT-R will no longer be produced for the Australian market could be a sign of things to come. One has to keep in mind that the R35 has been in production for around 13 years.

In what could be an impromptu send off for the almighty Godzilla, Nissan released two special editions — the GT-R T-spec and GT-R NISMO. Both models continue to use the familiar twin turbocharged 3.8-litre V6 engine with power figures of 441kW and 652Nm.

Though rumours have to be taken with a pinch of salt, a number of them have popped up over the last couple of years stating that the next-generation GT-R will most likely employ a mild hybrid or all-electric powertrain. Until any official word is given from those in charge in Yokohama, it remains to be seen if that will be the case going forward.

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