In a totally wild lineup, the cherry on top of the high-horsepower cake has to be the Nissan GT-R. Priced at a cool $7.3 million, the GT-R undercuts German and Italian supercars by a few million dollars. In fact, you can have a GT-R for less than half the asking price of a Lamborghini or Ferrari, but still get the same kind of stunning performance.
The coolest part is that you can walk into Nissan dealerships and drive one home. As the demand for the car on the rise, there’s a bit of a waiting list.
Nissan GT-R is more than just a muscle
The critics say it’s a heavy machine with a host of electronic nannies that isolate the pilot from a real driving experience. It’s a very sophisticated car, with a slew of buttons to press and various display settings to choose from. Let’s see what it’s like with all the toggle switches for the suspension, transmission, and (VDC) Vehicle Dynamic Control set to ‘R-Mode.’ In this mode, the suspension is at its stiffest, the transmission shifts at its quickest. The VDC is primed for enthusiastic driving.
If you though that GT-R disconnects the driver from the road, this is not true at all. The reaction of the dampers and the robustness of the chassis offer a unique sports-car feel.
Nissan GT-R is raw and is a vehicle that was built to go fast.
On rutted surfaces, the driver can feel every pebble—which is basically a good thing, since the bond between driver and road is fantastic. The steering, offers great feel too and steers with a very quick ratio.
The whirring of the auxiliary fans and the metallic clunking of the differentials remind the drivers that they are in a focused and serious driving vehicle.
Nissan GT-R accelerates from zero to 100kph in 2.9sec
The engine is hand-built by one man, offers 565hp that peaks at 6,800rpm, and 637Nm from 3,300rpm to 5,800rpm. There’s a turbo that forms a single unit. This ensures that that there is no turbo lag throughout the rev range and that the intake and exhaust-gas flow is optimized.
It shifts very quick from the six-speed dual-clutch transmission; in 0.15sec. It’s a happiness shifting down and holding the gears. If you want the mad sprint to outraged speeds, just put the transmission in Drive. It’s faster than the R-Mode. A very sophisticated AWD system, with a transaxle/transfer case mounted in the rear keep things on the ground.
The interior of the Nissan GT-R is as luxurious as it comes
You also get, high-performance Dunlop run-flat tires, 20in aluminum wheels made by Rays Engineering, Brembo brakes, Bilstein adjustable shock absorbers, bracing made of carbon-aluminum die-cast steel and a hand-built titanium exhaust.
This is a technologically advanced machine that not delivers the goods at the fraction of a striking supercar’s price.