Drive A Nissan GT-R
The successor to the Nissan Skyline GT-R, the Nissan GT-R released in 2007 and 2008 (depending on where you were in the world). Initially called, “big, heavy, and incredible.” by Car & Driver upon its release, the GT-R maintains a claim to fame of power and speed. This isn’t a car most people think of when they want to drive a super fast car. That’s why you should drive it; you have no idea of the power under its hood.
But what is the Nissan Skyline GT-R and why would anyone want a successor to some car barely anyone really knows about? This is why:
Here’s the thing: my experience with Japanese cars primarily came from my parents, who owned a large assortment of boring, basic transportation Japanese vehicles throughout my entire young life. But this car isn’t anything like the point-A to point-B Japanese cars I’m used to. The engine burbles like a V8. The steering is as tight as a Porsche 911 or an E36 BMW M3. The car is as stable at high speeds as a Mercedes-Benz. It’s all so well-done that you kind of wonder if, had Nissan brought over this car 25 years ago, people would now associate the Japanese with the kind of purpose-built, high-performance sports cars the Europeans are now famous for.
So that's the Skyline from the 1990s. Imagine that with primo engineering in today's standards, and you have the Nissan GT-R.
Now that you know what you should be looking for, here are the stats for the GT-R, offered at most Exotic Car Driving Experiences. Unlike other supercars, the GT-R has had one production model, though tweaks to the system have added some more lb-ft and hp in the 2010 and 2012 versions. A whole new production model of the car is expected to be unveiled sometime soon.
Unlike many other exotic cars out there, the Nissan GT-R is running a V6 engine. The VR38DETT engine is a continuation of the same excellence in engineering that has been demonstrated in previous Nissan engine models. The addition of the twin-turbochargers gives the engine more power at higher speeds. Since it has two turbochargers that split the duties, the increase in power is more uniform, and acceleration less jerky.
Amazingly, the engine also meets California Air Resources Board Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) standards. That means that even with all this power, you can still help the environment. It’s a nice touch really. It also proves the engineering marvel that is the Nissan GT-R’s engine and exhaust system.
Why You Should Drive A Nissan GT-R
Because there’s something about driving a car that looks like good, old-fashioned American muscle handles like a Ferrari. Since the car is extremely versatile, you’ll be able to take it on any kind of track or set up and get a good feel for the power behind the vehicle. Every last fiber of this car is designed to just get you going. Don’t believe me? Well read this little nugget and watch this video from Top Gear. If that doesn’t get your blood pumping, I think you need a tune-up:
Comments have been made that the GT-R makes speed ‘too easy’, and that there’s too much help on offer if you like driving. Absolute poppycock. You just need to learn to drive the GT-R – and when you do, it’s genuinely mega. It’s also an assault on the senses: the standard damper mode will smash your teeth out, the acceleration is fierce enough to hurt your neck and the noise it makes is part industrial vacuum cleaner and part white noise sonic weapon.
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