The Japanese Did It!?
I love to buy car magazines. It is nothing for me to spend 200 dollars at Barnes & Noble on car magazines every new month. So now you know that I read up on car information as much as I can. For the past few months every magazine that I picked up talked about the new Nissan GT-R, the car that was supposed to be so much better than the already impressive and oh so popular R34 Skyline GT-R. I was of course in disbelief when Nissan kept running its mouth about how incredible this thing was. The Japanese have always produced fun and good cars, but one that could beat the Americans to 60 and the Germans on the track? HA! Please there would never be a day that the Japanese would actually be able to do it. Again, they make great cars, hell I own one (2006 Mazda Mazdaspeed6) so don’t think I’m just hating on them, because everyone knows I am a BMW man, but, God do I love my Speed6. Seriously though, I never thought I would see the day until I started seeing real performance numbers from others outside of Nissan. It was finally possible to believe.
Everyone that drove this car loved the engine, the speed, the handling, feel and on board computer system/GPS that was developed by Gran Turismo game creator/producer Kazunori Yamauchi. The Japanese version of the car has a track recognizer in the navigation system and realizes when you have gone off road and on to a track. This system does away with the top speed limiter of 111mph to allow for top speed ability and also shows a navigation of the track turn by turn. The system also has the ability to check pretty much every major vital record of the car and also has a track timer. Talk about technology at its best.
Nissan has dropped the Skyline from the name and simply called it the GT-R or the R35 GT-R. R35 is the model and year designation. Now to the power numbers of the beast, the newly developed 3.8 liter twin-turbo V6, yes V6, produces 473hp (Nissan claims the car will have 480hp for the U.S. market) and 434lb-ft of torque making it good for a 3.3 second 0-60 and an 11.5s ¼ mile time and a top speed of 156mph in U.S. spec form. Done laughing yet? Yeah, me either. Wait, here is the kicker. The car weighs… 3836lbs. There it is the Germans and Americans are screwed. The new GT-R is as fast as a Corvette Z06 and Porsche 911 Turbo and weighs 674lbs more than the Z06 and 342lbs less than a manual transmission 911 Turbo. Even better the new GT-R has supposedly outdone everyone once again with a lap time on the Nürburgring in an amazing 7:38.54 on the stock Bridgestone Potenza run-flats. Some are even reporting a faster 7:35 lap time achieved.
All this love for a car that costs under $70,000, I know, I know, that is expensive yes, but, when you think about it, $70K is a Honda Civic price in the exotic and super car community apart from the Corvette and Z06 because those are rarities. This car performs as well as a Porsche 911 Turbo that has a base price of $126,200. Good luck finding one for that price unless it’s been wrecked out mistreated. Loving the cost yet?
Many Skyline enthusiasts may be displeased with the only transmission offered. A special 6-speed dual clutch automatic transmission was developed for the car to ensure maximum ability and performance for all levels of drivers on the track. But, one thing Skyline lovers will be happy with is that the new R35 has kept with the
The styling of the car has been quite controversial with this new model, but no one can argue that it works. The GT-R is subtle and has a design that aides the performance with a 0.27 drag coefficient, which is on par with that of most exotics and super cars of today. As much as this may seem stupid, I personally think the styling is oddly futuristic. It represents a theme that is coming out of
The new Nissan is so popular that European enthusiasts are damning the wait and finding people in
Well there you have it. The Japanese have done it. After trying for so long the numbers have proven to us all that they can do it. My jaw is still rubbing against the floor. Is there really anymore I can say about a car that produces the numbers that the new Nissan GT-R does? I personally don’t think so. I’m still in shock as is I think everyone in
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