Nissan GT-R: Godzilla Finds His Running Shoes

Nissan GT-R

Well, Nissan isn’t a name we are used to when it comes to sports car, however when Nissan embarked on replacing the Skyline GT-R they had a eureka moment. The Nissan GT-R may sound better as the Infiniti GT-R as I feel that this car is a high end vehicle and fits the profile of the Infiniti. If you are wondering what Infiniti is, it’s Nissan’s high end brand, and where I feel a car that’s worth six figures deserves to be.

What’s In A Name

The Skyline GT-R got its nickname as Godzilla back in 1989 from the Australian publication Wheels. Later after the Nissan GT-R replaced the Skyline it inherited the moniker as well.

The History

Nissan previously used the GT-R tag to build high performance versions of its Skyline sedan. GT-R was similar to how BMW reserves the M and Mercedes adds the AMG. The high performance cars were built in two berths 1969-1974 and 1989-2002. Mind you, the Skyline was only available in the US market as a grey market car. However, later it became its own model and ditched the Skyline association.

The Nissan GT-R as we know it was unveiled in 2007 at the Tokyo Motor Show. In 2008 it was released in the US and Canada, and finally in 2009 it was unveiled in Europe. The car was a completely different car from the Skyline GT-Rs where it featured a new design and new components.

The Current Model

The current GT-R went through a facelift in 2011, where the engine got revised mapping, changed valve timing and a revised exhaust system. Other updates include a more rigid strut bar was employed, larger front brakes rotors, amongst other changes.

The Variants

If you are seeking to buy a Nissan GT-R you have three options:

  • GT-R Premium
  • GT-R 45th Anniversary Gold Edition
  • Black Edition

Nissan GT-R

The Powertrain

All the cars available from this model are fitted with a 3.8 L V6 engine. What I find truly intriguing is how they are able with the use of twin-turbochargers to squeeze 545 hp and 463 lb·ft of torque. However, if you are going for a little more power on the same V6 choose the NISMO manages 600 hp and 481 lb·ft. As for transmission you have a 6-speed dual clutch that also features a manual shift mode. Moving on to performance it is said to go 0-60 mph in under 3 seconds. All of the variants go at a total speed of 193 mph.

The Interior

The four seater coupe is well quite European, with exquisite leather upholstery and fine finishes. You can expect the usual infotainment system and connectivity.

The Exterior

Nissan’s most senior creative officer Shirō Nakamura talked up the car’s design and went as far as to comparing it to one of the giant robots in Gundam. Likened to Godzilla and now likened to giant robots you’d be excused for thinking this car is a little bit pretentious. However, one look at it and you instantly see why it gets all these lofty comparisons and names. It has such smooth curves and retains its oriental roots while remaining contemporary and vibrant.

Our Verdict

This is a great sports car some people may fret about the cars looks. Trust me if you have seen the Toyota Echo or the Vector this car is aesthetically palatable. Great styling mixed with raw power, that’s always going to be a winning combination in the auto world.

Pricing starts at $ 103,365.

Do you agree with as that Nissan should move the car over to the Infiniti brand or are we misguided? Please do express your opinion. Have your say, and leave a comment.

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