Now entering its 16th year of production, the Nissan GT-R has been updated for its home market of Japan.
the 2024 Nissan R35 GT-R was unveiled in Japan in what will likely be one of the last major updates to the 16-year-old Japanese supercar before it’s replaced in the coming years.
However, with sales of the GT-R halted in Australia at the end of 2021 due to the introduction of stricter side impact regulations, there is little hope that Nissan will bring this new model to local showrooms.
Aerodynamic improvements are the most important changes.
Nissan has revised the front and rear bumpers, grille and rear spoiler, which the company says provide more downforce at high speeds and improved engine cooling.
Nismo variants get a completely different front spoiler as well as a rear “gooseneck” spoiler made of carbon fiber and an exclusive gray color.
“Equipped with a new grille design, cutting-edge technologies and craftsmanship, the new models are the pinnacle of the GT-R R35,” Nissan CEO Ashwani Gupta said in a media statement.
Eight different versions of the updated Nissan GT-R are available in Japan, including two Nismo versions and a Premium Edition T-Spec – with the T-Spec getting “special suspension” and carbon-ceramic brake discs.
The 419 kW/637 Nm engine of the updated Nissan GT-R remains largely unchanged across the range, but both the GT-R Nismo and GT-R Nismo Special Edition retain the 3.8-liter twin-turbo -V6 a performance boost 441kW and 652 Nm to all four wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
A new mechanical limited-slip differential was introduced on the front axle, which the company says significantly improves traction and cornering grip.
The exhaust system has been redesigned with particular attention to noise reduction to comply with the new Japanese regulations.
Nismo owners will no longer see red as the car’s interior gets a more subdued color combination in Alcantara, while the carbon fiber fixed racing seats developed by Recaro now feature increased rigidity with new foam density.
Given the significant changes to the 2024 Nissan R35 GT-R, this suggests that the vehicle will remain on sale in its native Japan for a number of years, with the next-gen GT-R likely not arriving until 2025.
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