It looks like reports of the demise of the Nissan GT-R were actually greatly exaggerated, because the all-conquering sports car is back in the 2023 Nissan lineup.

Nissan announced in June that both the 370Z and GT-R were “sold,” which made sense for the 370Z since Nissan had already revealed a redesigned 2023 Z. However, with no successor to the GT-R on the sidelines, speculation soon surfaced that Godzilla might die.

Nissan put an end to speculation last week by announcing that the GT-R is returning for 2023 after skipping the 2022 model year. No changes have been made to the car during its absence, and there are only two grades to choose from: Premium and Nismo. The previous Track Edition, which served as the mid-range GT-R, was discontinued after 2020, and it doesn’t look like Nissan plans to bring it back.

Pricing for the 2023 GT-R Premium starts at $115,435 and the 2023 GT-R Nismo starts at $212,635. Both figures include a destination charge of $1,895.

2023 Nissan GT-R

GT-R prices have risen significantly over the years, but Nissan continues to offer plenty of standard equipment. The list includes a titanium exhaust system, adjustable Bilstein shocks, 20-inch Rays wheels, Dunlop Sports Maxx GT600 tires, Brembo brakes with six-piston calipers in the front and four-piston in the rear, a Bose and Nappa audio system. leather trim.

The Nismo upgrade adds carbon fiber body panels (front and rear panels, front fenders, hood, roof, side skirts, trunk, and rear spoiler), stiffer suspension, Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, and a turbocharger that matches the design used. on the GT-R Nismo GT3 race car, resulting in more power.

Power in the GT-R comes from a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-6. The hand-built engine delivers 565 hp. and 467 lb-ft of torque in the Premium and 600 hp. and 481 lb-ft in the Nismo. In both cases, a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard.

The current GT-R, the R35 to those who know their GT-Rs by their Skylines, was introduced to the world in 2007 and went on sale in the US the following year as a 2009 model. Nissan remains tight-lipped about plans for its next GT-R, the R36, though the automaker has hinted at a new platform and possibly some form of electrification.

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