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Nissan Australia will see out the current R35-series GT-R after nearly 13 years in local showrooms with two new grades – the just-revealed T-Spec and new Nismo SV flagship.
Now available in five flavours, the 2022 Nissan GT-R kicks off at $193,800 before on-road costs for the Premium variant and rises to $199,800 for the Premium Luxury.
As for the new T-Spec, it slots in below the $378,000 Nismo at $256,700.
However, the new big dog of the GT-R family, the Nismo SV, rings the till up to $393,800 – making it more expensive than a Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2 ($378,900) BMW M8 Competition ($357,900), Aston Martin DB11 V8 ($382,495) and Mercedes-AMG GT R ($373,276), and almost as pricey as a Ferrari Portofino ($398,888), Audi R8 V10 performance quattro ($394,877), McLaren 570S ($395,000), Porsche 911 Turbo ($404,900).
The Nismo SV carries over all the performance goodies from the ‘standard’ Nismo, including 410/390mm front and rear Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, red-accented interior with Alcantara steering wheel, and a smattering of carbon-fibre on the boot, front and rear bumpers, side sills, roof and rear spoiler.
To justify its flagship status however, the Nismo SV also scores clear-coated carbon-fibre bonnet to save a further 100kg, as well as unique 20-inch Rays aluminium forged wheels with red highlights.
Both Nismo variants are powered by a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged petrol V6 engine outputting 441kW at 6800rpm and 652Nm at 3600rpm, which sends drive to all four wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.
In fact, all versions of the 2022 Nissan GT-R are powered by the same VR38DETT engine, though tuned to ‘just’ 419kW/632Nm in the Premium, Premium Luxury and T-Spec.
Standard equipment includes 390/380mm front/rear Brembo brakes, 20-inch Rays wheels wrapped in Dunlop SP Sport Maxx tyres, a carbon-fibre engine brace and a titanium exhaust system.
Inside, the GT-R comes with leather-accented seats, heated front seats, an 8.0-inch multimedia touchscreen with satellite navigation, 11-speaker Bose sound system and push-button start.
Stepping up to the Premium Luxury adds semi-aniline leather to the seats, steering wheel, gear shifter, dashboard and door trims.
The T-Spec meanwhile, blends a bit of Nismo with the Premium thanks to larger brakes and a carbon-fibre spoiler, however, stands apart due to its gold-coloured 20-inch wheels, dark green interior and quilt-stitched Alcantara roof lining.
The T-Spec also brings back two iconic exterior colours – Millennium Jade and Midnight Purple.
Nissan Australia has been forced to remove the GT-R from sale due to a new crash-test rule that will take effect in November, meaning the last cars imported locally will arrive before the end of October.
The Japanese brand said numbers for the Nismo SV and T-Spec will be “limited”, but couldn’t give an exact figure on how many will be offered in Australia, while the number of new GT-Rs left in Nissan showrooms are “very limited”.
However, Nissan Australia boss Adam Paterson hinted that local GT-R fans will soon have something to look forward to, despite the discontinuation of the current-generation car.
"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,” he said. “And there is surely no more fitting a send-off for this performance hero than with an expanded range offering that includes not one but two thrilling special editions.”