If there’s one car that needs no introduction it has to be the Nissan GT-R. Who can forget the “Godzilla” of performance cars when the Nissan GT-R appeared on the scene in the late 1980s? Car manufacturers stood in awe as it conquered all with stunning performance and looks to match even the biggest competitors. And that’s without even mentioning the Skyline GT-R models where it all began!
Nissan GT-R Rise To Fame
The brand has come a long way since the Nissan Skyline GT-R models which were produced between 1969 and 1972. Looking at the Nissan Skyline GT-R (R32), it boasted AWD and the pace of a supercar thanks partly to the impressive twin-turbo RB engine. At the time it was limited to about 276 bhp, which is already pretty fast, but it could do a lot more with proper tuning.
Then came the R33 which was slightly bigger and even though it was a marked improvement on the R32, fans did not agree. Fact is, it went around the Nurburgring registering a 7m59s lap breaking the 8-minute barrier. To this day the Nissan Skyline GT-R (R33) remains one of the most capable but undervalued cars in the world.
Skipping ahead to the R35, Nissan decided to forego the link to the previous ‘supercars’ and only named it the Nissan GT-R. For those lucky enough to have driven the sixth-generation beauty will attest to its styling, performance and driving pleasure. It was first introduced to the South African public in 2009 and raced to 100km/h in under three seconds.
Introducing The Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition
Before we get too carried away going down memory lane, let’s focus on the new Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary edition which was launched locally last week. From the onset, it still brings out the same emotions as all the others and anyone who knows these cars will want to find any excuse to go for a drive.
While there are essentially two trim levels – the GT-R Premium and the GT-R Black Edition, the focus is on the Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition. After all, it was built to celebrate the iconic rise of the GT-R and everything that came before it.
Styling, Specifications And Performance
The first thing you’ll notice is liveries taken from the Japanese GP series. The Bayside (Wangan) Blue with white racing stripes and blue accents on the wheel spokes are real standouts. All that is finished off by Pearl white with red stripes and Super silver with white stripes. On the inside are subtle (but stylish) changes including a special grey interior, unique steering wheel and gear lever trim, embossed seats and Alcantara headliner with unique stitching.
Technicians build each engine by hand which gives every Nissan GT-R a sense of uniqueness and exclusivity. They managed to get out as much as they could from the 3.8-litre twin-turbo engine but the new turbos increase the engine’s low rev range response. It produces 410kW and 632Nm of torque which, according to Nissan, will reach 100km/h from a standing start in just 2.9 seconds. Don’t forget that a standard Nissan GT-R finished this year’s Simola Hillclimb in just 44.094 seconds.
Power goes to all four wheels from an upgraded and smooth six-speed dual-clutch gearbox with a refined “R mode”. Changing down is more aggressive which improves quick corner exits while gear selection during ABS engagement provides less understeer. It won’t be a Nissan GT-R without the magnificent growl from the exhaust thanks to a new titanium muffler blue tips.
Tweaked electronically controlled suspension allows for much better cornering stability and a smoother ride. A new brake booster also adds to the initial braking response which will come in handy at the speed the Nissan GT-R can go and reach a corner faster than normal.
Is The 2020 Nissan GT-R Fun To Drive?
First off, you’ll love the various settings on the 8-inch infotainment system showing G-forces, speed and accelerator percentages. It really is amazing just how fast the car gets up to speed while keeping an eye on the rev counter directly in front you for better visibility. With all the power and performance you’d expect it to be noisy but the cockpit is surprisingly quiet.
Unlike many other cars where launch control is as complicated as flying a Boeing, all it takes in the Nissan GT-R is keeping your left foot on the brake, pressing down the accelerator until 4000rpm and then simply letting go.
When driving at speeds you wouldn’t normally feel comfortable doing, there’s no hint whatsoever that anything could get out of control. It’s even more impressive going around a bend at speed as you get to appreciate just how well-balanced the car is. This is largely thanks to the design as the gearbox is behind you with the V6 upfront resulting in near-perfect weight distribution.
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