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Published on March 15th, 2024 | by Sounder Rajen


2025 Nissan GT-R Debuts In Japan, Is This The Final Godzilla?

The Nissan GT-R has only been getting facelifts since 2007, why no R36?

Remember December 2007 when the R35 generation of the very popular and desirable Nissan GT-R was released? That was 17 years ago. Hell, if given another year, the car dubbed “Godzilla” can even vote and take its driver’s license. Yet, 17 years later and all we get is another facelift and not a new generation.

That’s right, the 2025 Nissan GT-R has officially made an appearance in its home country of Japan but sadly, it is not a new generation R36 car, but instead just another facelift. Hell, this is the third facelift that the car has had. The first was in 2012, followed by the second one in 2017 and now the third.

Nissan GT-R

Moreover, for the third facelift the legendary R35 Nissan GT-R has gotten, this time around, the unveiled a few small updates in the Japanese market, including a new blue interior option and Nismo goodies for the T-Spec and Track Edition models. While this is disappointing as is, it only gets worse for fans.

While a facelift obviously means an updated price tag, usually north of the old number, this means fans will now need to pony up a bit more for their Nissan GT-R. However, to make matters worse, it is rumoured that this may very well be the final version of the car and it makes sense if one thinks about it.

See, as previously mentioned, since its launch in December 2007, the Nissan GT-R has yet to receive a proper new generation R36 model, only facelift after facelift. The reason the brand is doing this is likely to keep costs down as it prepares to transition to an electric future in which the GT-R is replaced by electric vehicles (EVs).

On top of that, we already know that Nissan has a few all-electric models making waves globally and of course, learning from Ford having to deal with the negative backlash from fans after naming their electric SUV after their popular V8 sports car, Nissan likely won’t reuse the Godzilla name on an electrified car anytime soon.

Nissan GT-R

While the changes to the 2025 model year facelifted Nissan GT-R are very minimal, we know that Nissan does not intend to just abandon the GT-R altogether as it previewed the fully electric Nissan Hyper Force concept at the Japan Mobility Show. This car was speculated to be the electric GT-R of the future so it makes sense.

Nissan GT-R

We got all this from Carscoops and their full article is linked here. Thank you Carscoops for the information and images.

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