Nissan’s Most Savage GT-R Yet
Since it’s production in 2007, the GT-R has been at the cutting edge of sports car technology.
First unveiled to the public as a concept car back at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan’s flagship model remains true to its roots by offering ground-breaking handling and mega performance contained within a body which looks as sleek as it does muscular.
Almost all the changes in this new model are for the purpose of improving aerodynamics in three key areas: downforce generation, drag reduction and improved cooling of the car’s systems. To the untrained eye, it may just look like the previous model but look more carefully and you will see that almost every body panel has been tweaked. Nissan’s engineers were given the task of maximising the GT-R’s airflow while at the same time keeping aerodynamic drag minimal (i.e. not increasing drag in one area of the vehicle as a result of improving cooling performance/airflow in another).
Other minor changes include mounting the gearshift paddles on the steering wheel rather than steering column so you don’t have to remove your hand from the wheel mid-turn (a pet hate of mine in cars with flappy paddles). The number of buttons and switches in the cabin has also been reduced from 27 to 11 thanks to a redesigned touchscreen system which takes centre stage in the interior. Even the support wires in the seatbacks are redesigned and a thinner padding is used under the leather to save weight. A redesigned titanium exhaust system sheds further precious pounds.
The press release for the new car mentions lots of things like exhaust gas evacuation and air vortices so I won’t go into detail about that but instead let the figures do the talking. Power output for the new model is increased to 562hp – that’s an impressive figure from a 3.8-litre V6 albeit with two turbochargers. The tweaked engine also features something Nissan refer to as “plasma-sprayed bores” for reduced friction and increased fuel consumption. Each engine is also hand-assembled from beginning to end in a special clean room by meticulously trained technicians.
Although all four wheels on the GT-R are driven, under normal driving situations it actually behaves like a traditional rear wheel drive car with a 0:100 front:rear split which can manually be adjusted to as much as 50:50. Like the previous model, the suspension dampers are also adjustable in three settings: Normal; Comfort; or ‘R’. The same changes can also be made to the transmission and steering characteristics. Additionally, those settings can also be applied to the exhaust sound. A further setting can close the valves in the exhaust for quiet starts so you don’t wake your jealous neighbours.
In the UK, this ferocious new GT-R will be available in three grades – Pure, Recaro and Prestige. Pricing starts from £79,995 for ‘Pure’ and £81,995 for ‘Recaro’. ‘Prestige’ is £82,495. A track edition engineered by NISMO for £91,995 will also be offered. The current GT-R is an amazing feat of Japanese engineering. Having experienced the incredible talent of the current model on numerous occasions, I can confidently say that it will take a hell of a lot to beat this ground breaking new version.