Even though it’s been around for about 14 years, the GT-R (R35) shows no signs of slowing down. Nissan continues to update its supercar almost every year with numerous special editions to keep Godzilla relevant as it battles much newer performance machines. For example, there’s a new T-Spec bringing an assortment of visual tweaks along with brake air ducts borrowed from the all-conquering Nismo variant.
In a rather shocking announcement, the T-Spec effectively marks the end of the road for the GT-R in Australia where Nissan will no longer be able to sell the car from November 1, 2021. Why? Stricter side crash test regulations (ADR 85) will come into effect on that day for vehicles launched before November 2017. The GT-R certainly fits this bill, having been introduced Down Under in April 2009.
To tell the truth, few people (those who can afford it) will in fact be missing given that only 19 cars were sold in the first eight months of the year. Total sales of the R35 are unlikely to exceed 1,000 units by October 31, when the high-performance coupe will be withdrawn from the Australian market after 12 years on sale. Interestingly, the Australian magazine Drive points out that it wore an original sticker of AUD 155,800, roughly the same as an M3 and cost a third of a Lamborghini Gallardo.
Fast forward to 2021, it starts from 193,800 AUD and rises to 378,000 AUD for the top-of-the-line Nismo. Considering declining sales and the aging of the platform, it’s no surprise that Nissan isn’t updating the GT-R in order to pass the upcoming side crash test regulations.
“Due to the implementation of the Unique Australian Post Side Impact Design Rules (ADR 85), the Nissan GT-R will not be imported into the Australian market after October 31, 2021. Note that this regulation does not apply. ‘not apply to existing models in other markets. “
It should be mentioned that the GT-R is not the only car to suffer the same fate in Australia as several Lexus models, including the compact hatchback CT. (yes, he’s still there), will be discontinued at the end of October.
It is believed that 50 combined special editions of T-Spec and Nismo are aimed at the local market, with details likely to be announced in the coming weeks. The GT-R (R35) will continue outside Australia indefinitely, with rumors saying it will last until 2024 and may get a mild hybrid powertrain as well as a final edition of over 700 horsepower.