Goodbye Godzilla: Is this the last petrol-only Nissan GT-R?

As the Nissan GT-R edges closer towards retirement, the Japanese carmaker has revealed its 2025 updates for the ageing sports car – expected to be the last iteration of the nameplate with pure petrol power.

In its media release, Nissan noted the 2025 GT-R’s “production is limited and some orders might not be accepted”, which gives weight to recent Japanese reports claiming the sports car will bow out this year.

Earlier this week, Japanese publication Mag X claimed production of the 2025 Nissan GT-R will be capped at 1500 examples, with 300 of those being the flagship Nismo variants.

Though Nissan doesn’t make mention of a specific production number it will be running to, a translation of the brand’s Japanese websites includes mentions of a “culmination” of the GT-R, before closing with “The deepening of the GT-R will never end”. 

The inclusion of a photo showing all six generations of GT-R – both as the high-performance Skyline and as a standalone model – in the same colour is also an ominous sign about its intentions, given the current R35 model has been in production for 17 years. 

Changes for the 2025 GT-R are limited, with seemingly no tweaks for the Pure Edition and Black Edition, though Premium Edition variants can now be optioned with a new ‘Blue Heaven’ interior colour, bringing light blue seats, door cards and steering wheel trim.

The 2025 Nissan GT-R Premium Edition T-spec and the GT-R Track Edition have gained the NISMO Special Edition’s “high precision weight-balanced piston rings, connecting rods and crankshafts” which the brand claims delivers “snappier revs and faster turbo spooling”.

These two models will also feature a aluminium certification name plate on its engine and a gold-coloured model plate in the engine bay, though neither are numbered. 

Power continues to come from the twin-turbo 3.8-litre V6 engine which has exclusively powered the GT-R since launch in 2007, producing 419kW and 637Nm.

Drive is sent to all four wheels through a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

At last year’s Tokyo motor show, Nissan unveiled the 1000kW electric Hyper Force concept car, which incorporated a number of Skyline and GT-R design features – fuelling speculation the flagship sports car will switch to battery power for its next generation.

Previous reports have claimed the new ‘R36’ GT-R will debut in 2028.

The Nissan GT-R departed the Australian market in November 2021, after side-impact laws required multiple cars including the Japanese supercar killer to be heavily updated or be pulled from sale.

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