Just recently freshened up, the Nissan GTR now has a colossal 390 kW of power and 612 Nm of torque! Quite possibly the most up-to-date-sports car on the planet, the performance car of the year is quicker than the best of the 911s. Nissan’s latest GT-R is all about speed, and the moment you meet the Nissan GT-R up close-and-personal you become aware of how intimidating and focused the car looks.
Quite aside from being superbly fast, the Nissan GT-R is very drivable under everyday driving conditions. You can quite happily meander to work in traffic jams, while the low profile lines offer practicality – with quite a substantial boot space at the rear of the supercar. You’ve also got the ability for two occupants to be seated in the rear seat. Ok, there is not heaps of room in the rear seats, however.
A BOSE audio system, satellite navigation, ABS, a vehicle stability control system, traction control, a state-of-the-art AWD system, 20-inch alloys, a choice of three positions for the suspension set-up and a Smart charcoal coloured interior prettied up with chrome trim and accentuated leather give a nice unique flavour of its own.
The Nissan GT-R cabin is a nice place to be. In R-mode the Bilstein suspension is electronically equipped to monitor and control vehicle speed, lateral acceleration speed, steering angle speed, demand torque, estimate torque, engine rpm, brake oil pressure, front axle and rear axle acceleration, ABS and its behaviour – to name a few. With massive Brembo brakes, 390 kW of power and 612 Nm of torque you’ve got one seriously quick machine.
Porkies are lies told by kids and adults alike. A big porky is an unbelievable tale that just couldn’t come about. How on earth could Nissan ever dream of ruling Europe’s Nürbugring circuit? Are they telling porkies? The fact is: they do! No porky.
Belting round Europe’s legendary circuit at high speed is not for the faint hearted. Porsche, BMW, Jaguar are all legendary marques in their own right, but when the Nissan GTR took top honours for lapping the Nürbugring circuit quicker than Porsche’s finest 911 cars, the new standard has most definitely been set. Debates have gone on as to whether this has occurred – particularly ferocious from those whose pride has bee dented by the feat. Later tests have shown that, yes, the GT-R has, on numerous occasions and on different tracks, been quicker than its rivals.
What beats under the hood of the strikingly good looking Nissan GT-R is a very powerful 3.8L VR38DETT twin-turbo V6 powerhouse. Production of the Q4 project started at Tochigi, Japan in 2007 and the current Nissan GT-R is another classic par excellence.
The 2-door Coupe has a four-wheel-drive system that is one of the world’s most technologically advanced units. A six-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission applies the colossal 390 kW of power onto the road – and how! Scintillatingly fast over any given track, or stretch of favourite road, the car is held to the tarmac like a magnet. The maximum torque figure of 612 Nm heats up the tarmac, while the engine red lines at around 7000 rpm. Tests have proven the GT-R to hit over 310 km/h. And accomplishing the 0-100 km/h dash in times as low as 3.2 seconds sounds like a porky, but it’s not. It’s true and it’s a whole lot more Porschey than porky.
No, the car is not feather light. The 1700 kg mass proves this. But having a world beating AWD system, and a very accurate and balanced ride, suggest that having a few extra kilos nullifies the super-car jitters under hard cornering and at high speed. The brakes are massive, and so to are the tyres. Stopping ability is chest crushing and always consistent.
People always want more, so Nissan GT-R owners can get even more torque, better throttle response, quicker gear changes and a higher top speed thanks to new systems developed by Nismo. The ECU and Transmission Control Module (TCM) module can be fitted to the standard Nissan GT-R and the Spec V higher performance model. According to Nismo, Nissan’s motorsport arm, the ECU increases maximum boost pressure by 0.1 bar to increase low-end torque and enhance throttle response. The TCM results in quicker downshifts. It also raises the top speed for road use to 320 km/h +.
Several automotive journalists, including Chris Harris of Autocar, Jethro Bovingdon of Evo and Jason Barlow of Top Gear (magazine) have compared the GT-R to the Bugatti Veyron. Harris and Bovingdon both labeled the GT-R a “baby Veyron” in their respective comparison tests of the car.
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