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Stricter Regulations Have Silenced the Nissan GT-R in Europe, Godzilla Officially Axed

Despite launching back in 2007, the Nissan GT-R is still a capable performer in the super sports car class, and the Japanese automaker has made sure that it remains on the competitive side of the segment by constantly upgrading it.
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However, it has started to show its age in more and more aspects, including emission and noise regulations. And it is these that have led to its death in Europe, with Nissan confirming to several outlets that it has dropped it from the Old Continent.

The information was first shared by AutoBlog.nl, revealing that the Godzilla is no longer listed on the company’s website in the Netherlands, though it was still advertised in other countries at the time of writing, including Germany and Belgium. Still, it should be removed altogether shortly, as the noise regulations were deemed to be the final nail in its coffin.

It is possible that you might reach out to your local Nissan dealership in Europe and buy a brand-new GT-R, as there should be quite a few of them left in dealer lots. Either that or turn to the used car market anyway, where you could get a Godzilla of your own from as little as €50,000 (~$55,000) or so, if the high mileage doesn’t bother you.

On a more positive note, the Nissan GT-R will continue to live on in North America. The carmaker is offering it in two trim levels in the United States for the 2021 model year (2022MY still not listed), with MSRPs of $113,540 and $210,740 for the Premium and Nismo, respectively. The former has 565 hp and 467 lb-ft (633 Nm) of torque from its twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 engine, and the latter boasts 600 hp and 481 lb-ft (652 Nm), in addition to a plethora of upgrades inside and out, and beneath the skin.

Editor's note: We reached out to Nissan hoping for more information on the topic, and we will update this story when or if they reply.

Edit: Nissan has replied, stating the following:

"Nissan Automotive Europe has communicated to its dealer network that its GT-R supercar will cease to be offered for sale in Europe in 2022. The combination of forthcoming new noise regulations and reduced demand for Nissan’s legendary supercar means that its end of sales in Europe will come after 13 years as the icon of accessible automotive performance. No more customer orders can be made.

Since its introduction in 2009, the GT-R has sat in a unique position in the sports car landscape, offering neck-straining performance that eclipses that of traditional supercars which are positioned at a significantly higher price point. With regular upgrades to optimise performance, comfort and usability, the GT-R has remained true to its original brief: supercar performance in a car that can be used every day, thanks to its advanced, flexible twin-turbo V6 engine and advanced all-wheel drive system."

 
 
 
 
 

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