We’re sorry, but it’s clear that Nissan has no plans to release a new GT-R.
The R35 generation Nissan GT-R entered production in late 2007 and it rocked the automotive world with it’s commanding power and presence. With an acceleration figure still barely surmountable to this day, the GT-R showcased the Japanese marque’s finest ingenuity and sophistication. Gaining one of the largest cult car followings of the recent past, it’s to no surprise that rumours have ceaselessly circulated about the GT-R’s future from day one.
Each new avant-garde release by Nissan in the past decade has been surrounded with theories about each and every attribute, and how indeologies could be applied to the next GT-R.
Vast speculation has surrounded cars such as the Nissan Concept Vision Gran Turismo, developed for the Gran Turismo video game series; and the Italdesign GTR-R50, a limited run GT-R designed by the Italians.
Rumour after render and render after rumour, we’re sorry to burst the bubble. For those who are still waiting in anticipation of a new Nissan flagship in the near-future, collective evidence makes the possibility of this notion increasingly unlikely.
Let us explain.
We’ll start with the simple fact that Nissan has not presented any signs of a new GT-R. The recent announcement of an update to the current GT-R for the 2021 model year keeps the R35’s development strong after nearly 13 years of production, and a teaser released by Nissan earlier this year showcased the future direction of the brand. Titled ‘From A to Z’, this trailer included a multitude of SUVs, trucks, a hatchback and even the upcoming 400Z; but the halo GT-R was curiously omitted from the video.
Presenting the Z Proto in the video clearly shows that Nissan has future plans for their mid-tier sports car line-up, prioritising development of the 400Z over the next GT-R. Again, let us explain.
Following the scandal of ex-Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn, Nissan hit a financial slump with massive job reductions and R&D cuts – and still to this day, the brand has remained in serious trouble, reporting a substantial $6.2B loss over the course of the last financial year ending March 2020.
The GT-R simply isn’t a current priority for Nissan.
Nissan is in no position to be developing two new sports cars simultaneously – to the point where we wouldn’t be surprised if the brand temporarily retired the iconic nameplate to save on R&D. Either way, it’s been made clear that Nissan’s performance car research and development quota is now assigned to the Z – at the cost of the mighty GT-R.
All things considered – we do hope that you can prove us wrong Nissan.