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Nissan Discontinues R35 GT-R After 17 Years in Production

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It’s rare that a single generation of a vehicle gets old enough to hold a driver’s license, but after 17 years (15 in the U.S.), Nissan is finally ending production of its R35-generation GT-R. Nissan says it will stop production of North American-bound GT-Rs in October 2024.

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The recently announced T-Spec Takumi and Skyline special editions are now the generation’s swan songs, with pricing announced at $152,985 for the T-Spec Takumi Edition and $132,985 for the Skyline Edition (all prices include $1,895 destination). Fewer than 200 of these cars are bound for the United States, so act fast if you want one. Both special editions arrive at Nissan dealerships this summer.

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Nissan did not give any information as to if and when a next-generation GT-R might arrive, but such an announcement would be a pleasant surprise if it did come. Sports cars haven’t really been at the forefront of Nissan’s lineup for a while, with even the current Nissan Z still riding on the same platform (albeit with a host of other updates) as the previous 370Z. A moonshot of a halo car like the GT-R requires a lot of resources to pull off well, and Nissan’s been refocusing its lineup around its stronger-selling models lately.

Today, it feels a bit like the R35 was left to wither on the vine, with even modestly priced performance cars now featuring the kind of torque-shifting all-wheel-drive systems that made us ooh and aah when the R35 debuted. Yet the R35 was a groundbreaking car when it was released, offering a then state-of-the-art dual-clutch automatic transmission, a high-tech AWD system and a powerful (and highly modifiable) turbocharged engine at a price that undercut many higher-priced sports cars that it could beat around a race track. Its combination of high-tech tricks and raw power made this relatively heavy, chunkily-styled sports car fly.

With the release of the R35, the GT-R was no longer a piece of Japanese-market unobtanium that Americans could only access through video games or potentially shady gray-market importers. It was finally released for the U.S. market — and it stayed here for a very long time.

The GT-R’s price grew closer to its performance rivals in subsequent years, and things like its Nurburgring lap-time records were long eclipsed by even faster production cars. Fans have been wondering what was going to happen with the long-in-the-tooth R35 for a while, and now we have an answer.

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