November 2021 might mark the end of the current Nissan GT-R in Australia – but there’s a new one on the horizon, and it’s all but confirmed for Australia.
The next generation of the iconic Nissan GT-R seems destined for Australian showrooms, despite new side-impact crash regulations calling time early on its predecessor – after Nissan Australia today claimed “this isn’t the end of the GT-R story in Australia.“
While the current, R35-generation GT-R will bow out in Australia in November 2021 after falling foul of new side-impact safety regulations, Nissan Australia isn’t ready to close the book on the iconic nameplate just yet, all but confirming the next-generation ‘R36’ model rumoured for launch in Japan next year could make its way Down Under.
In a media statement released as part of the announcement of 2022 GT-R details for Australia, Nissan Australia managing director Adam Paterson said: “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.”
While not an explicit confirmation of an Australian launch, it’s a strong indicator the next-generation ‘R36’ GT-R will make its way to Australia – and believed to represent one of only a few times Nissan has confirmed its performance icon will live beyond the R35 generation which, despite being axed in Australia in 2021, will continue on in other markets into 2022.
Rumoured for reveal in late 2022, rumours out of Japan widely suggest the R36 GT-R will ride on an evolution of the R35 model’s platform, and use an iteration of its 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 engine, but fitted with an all-new body and interior – a similar strategy to the smaller 2022 Nissan Z, which places a new body, engine and interior on its predecessor’s chassis.
Should the current ‘PM’ platform be retained, the next GT-R’s underpinnings and structure would need to be re-engineered to meet Australia’s new side-impact regulations, which are set to be rolled out in other markets in coming years – an easier investment to justify on a brand-new model, rather than an existing vehicle set for imminent replacement.
The most recent rumours have backflipped on earlier suggestions the R36 would fit a 48-volt mild-hybrid system to its 3.8-litre V6 engine to meet ever-stricter Japanese and European emissions regulations, with Nissan’s range of E-Power hybrid and all-electric vehicles set to be broad enough to carry the GT-R’s pollutant load.
A zero-emissions GT-R ‘R37’ wouldn’t arrive until closer to the end of the decade, rumours suggest, granting the next R36 model around seven years on sale.