In 2007, the Nissan GT-R was released in Japan. The US and Canada followed suit in 2008 and other markets in the world got their taste of the GT-R in 2009. As a supercar, the GT-R traces its roots to the high-performing Skyline which came out from 1969 to 1974 and again from 1989 to 2002. Like the Skyline GT-Rs, this GT-R features a four-wheel drive system paired up with a twin-turbo 6-cylinder engine. And as homage to the past, the all-new GTR uses CBA-R35 as its chassis code. Shiro Nakamura is credited for the designs on the all-new GT-R.
While the Nissan GT-R is indeed a superb piece of machinery, it is not just a beast of function. It also has flair, designed in such a way that you’ll never every mistake it for another vehicle. In fact, it doesn’t look like a car for the most part. Rather, it looks more mechanical like a robot and how obvious the material used is, adds to the image that the GT-R has. But the thing is, the exterior of the GT-R is not just for show. While it does help make the car appear imposing, the GT-R’s muscularity and big shoulders lead to an excellent 0.27 drag coefficient.
Admittedly, the GT-R has always been all about what’s under the hood. As such, interiors weren’t prioritized. They weren’t uncomfortable to be in but they could be better. Fortunately, someone paid more attention to the interiors of the new GT-R, providing it with a certain sense of sophistication that earlier models never had.
The GT-R can be fast. Just how fast? It takes three seconds to go from 0 to 60mph. That’s fast. And it’s got a just-as-incredible braking system that beautifully handles the GT-R, requiring just 40.9m to come to a complete stop from 70mph. Response from the pedals are also excellent so you don’t have to really make an effort to get it to engage.
Depending on how you look at it, you may have mixed feelings about the GT-R not having rear seats. However, it’s not exactly a car either that is meant to transport a lot of passengers so doing away with rear seats is logical. Not to mention doing so slashed 20kg off the overall weight of the car, greatly helping in making the GT-R an even faster machine. If you were actually planning on bringing along more than one other person with you as you cruise, then the lack of rear seats will be a problem. But if not, you’ll appreciate what Nissan did.
Because the GT-R is a swift animal, it has a bit of a hard time when it needs to go slow, like when you’re parking. You have to be very gentle so as not to induce speed, but you might not be able to concentrate so much because maneuvering in tight spaces induces certain noises. If anything, this points out that the GT-R is really meant for big, open spaces where you can take full advantage of its speed.
The GT-R is quite a guzzler so don’t expect to get a lot out of a gallon. You’ll be lucky if you get 20mpg by driving gently. But really, drive a GT-R gently? No one does that.
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