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2022 Nissan GT-R V8: A Godzilla To End All Godzillas

Nissan will officially be discontinuing the GT-R sports car model in 2023. But corporate won't let it die off without a V8 swan song model

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The Nissan GT-R is an aging model that's lived most of its life with a twin-turbocharged V6. But Nissan can't let it die off without a V8 swan song model. Currently, its most powerful version contains 600 horsepower straight from a NISMO version. But Nissan is taking power seriously, and by mid-2021 the NISMO will be detuned to around 550 hp in the North American market and most of the European markets, and around 530 hp in the rest of the world.

This time around, NISMO will be the weight-savings, bare-bones, "entry-level" trim -- rather than the flagship trim. It'll sell for 50% the price of a V8 model. The V8 model in question displaces 5.6 liters and shares the same block as the VK56VD engine. The V8 model is triple-turbocharged and will come in two outputs. It comes standard with the "Newton" output, producing 789 bhp (588 kW, 800 PS) and 627 lb-ft (850 Nm, 86.7 kg-m) of torque, and it will even come with the optional-yet-cheaper "economy" output which reduces those numbers to 671 bhp (500 kW, 680 PS) and 596 lb-ft (807.5 Nm, 82.3 kg-m).

The 2023 model will even bring out a six-speed manual for the NISMO and V8 models, and rear-wheel drive will only be available on the V8 models via special order.

In mid- and late-2023, a short "2024" model year will be introduced but exclusive to the Las Vegas and Los Angeles markets in the United States.

Performance Specs (NISMO):

2022 NISMO: VR38DETT engine; 550 hp & 481 lb-ft (North America), 542 bhp & 481 lb-ft (most of Europe), 523 bhp & 467 lb-ft (rest of the world)

0-60 mph; 0-100 km/h: 2.8-2.9 sec; 3.0-3.1 sec. Top speed: 193 mph (310 km/h).

These performance numbers are far off from the 2021 NISMO's 592-600 hp and 2.5-second 0-60-mph results. But the GT-R itself is an old fart, so excuse its ongoing pessimism.

Performance Specs (V8 Economy):

2022 V8 Economy: VK56VD engine; 680 hp & 650 lb-ft / 500 kW & 880 N.m (North America and Australia); 671 bhp & 596 lb-ft (rest of the world)

0-60 mph; 0-100 km/h: 2.5 sec; 2.7 sec. Top speed: 205 mph (330 km/h).

These acceleration and top speed numbers are the same as the 2021 NISMO.

Performance Specs (V8 Newton):

2022 V8 Newton: VK56VD engine; 800 hp & 680 lb-ft (US, Canada, Australia, UK); 789 bhp & 627 lb-ft (rest of the world)

0-60 mph; 0-100 km/h: 2.3 sec; 2.4 sec. Top speed: 211 mph (340 km/h).

This final edition V8 GT-R makes the model now on par with likes of the Ferrari F8 Tributo, Lamborghini Huracan EVO AWD, Porsche 911 Turbo S, and McLaren 720S.

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