Withdrawal from the market – Nissan GT-R is too noisy for Europe

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“Godzilla” was withdrawn from the market in the continent after seeing the hurricane effect in Europe.

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Posted inMarch 26, 2022, 15:00

The manufacturer no longer wants to adapt the “Porsche killer” to strict regulations on noise and environmental pollution. As such, it is an automotive icon that has disappeared from the Swiss market.

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The news came as a crushing blow to motorists: Nissan is pulling the GT-R off the market. The Japanese supercar will no longer be offered on the European continent, at least. Clearly feeling that it is not cost-effective to adapt the GT-R to strict European standards, Nissan’s rationale is future noise emission regulations. Especially since customers show little interest. Indeed, last year, only four copies of the model were sold in Switzerland, against the 38 five years ago. So that’s the end of the imported vehicle.

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One of the most fascinating sports cars thus disappears from the Swiss market. There is literally no other model that offers such a price-performance ratio. Since the GT-R debuted in 2008 with 485 hp at a starting price of 108,900 francs; today it develops 570 hp or even 600 hp in the Nismo version produced by the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6. Its all-wheel drive and transaxle provide it with outstanding transverse dynamics, while its aerodynamics with a drag coefficient of 0.26 allow it to reach a top speed of 315 km/h. For the transition from 0 to 100 km / h, the manufacturer announces 2.8 seconds.

Very polluting in terms of noise: the 3.8 V6 biturbo not only has the effect of a whirlwind, but also emits a thunderous engine noise.

Very polluting in terms of noise: the 3.8 V6 biturbo not only has the effect of a whirlwind, but also emits a thunderous engine noise.

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Affectionately nicknamed “Godzilla,” the Nissan GT-R dates back to 1964, when the Skyline 2000 GT made its motor racing debut, later under the Prince brand. The road version of the Skyline 2000 GT-B, released shortly after, is therefore considered by historians of the brand to be the ancestor of the GT-R. In 1999, the Japanese released the Skyline GT-R (R34), a direct predecessor of the current model and quickly gaining followers outside of Japan. Some enthusiasts later imported this two-seater to Switzerland, even though the model is only available with the right-hand steering wheel. It wasn’t until the GT-R (R35) debuted in 2008 that a left-hand drive model arrived and official sales spread to Europe and North America.

“A Playstation on Wheels”

The GT-R not only captivated with its power, handling and good handling. What was unheard of in a production car was that the new ‘Godzilla’ offered the ability to display telemetry data in a variety of graphs, just like in motorsport. It earned model titles in the press such as “Playstation on Wheels” and even “Porsche killer” because the Japanese supercar literally dusted everything that had ever existed with its lap times.

The 1969 Skyline 2000 GT was Nissan's first Skyline.

The 1969 Skyline 2000 GT was Nissan’s first Skyline.

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The R32 series of the Skyline GT-R, built in 1989, followed suit outside of Japan.

The R32 series of the Skyline GT-R, built in 1989, followed suit outside of Japan.

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Built in 1999, the Skyline GT-R of the R34 series is the direct predecessor of the current GT-R.

Built in 1999, the Skyline GT-R of the R34 series is the direct predecessor of the current GT-R.

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