It has recently come to my attention that my posts tend to skew towards European cars. A friend suggested I explore something new. So here it is. A synopsis of the GT-R NISMO.
First let’s talk about the exterior of the car. It’s everything you would expect to see in the next Fast and Furious installment: a sleek front end, followed by a muscular profile, and of course, the obligatory rear spoiler. Nissan has done an excellent job with the details in the exterior styling. The GT-R NISMO in white has beautiful black and red accents in all the right places, giving it an extra sporty feel. Looking at this car from the outside, you just know it will leave most other cars in the dust. The body shape is also very aerodynamic, giving it a wicked look.
The interior is as lovely as the exterior, and well thought out from a racing point of view. The instrument panel surrounds the driver, with all meters positioned at the same height, to minimize movement of the driver’s head. The multi-media display panel has a video game feel and includes 11 pages of mechanical info, including acceleration, brake pedal pressure, and steering angle to name a few. The interface also includes navigation, bluetooth, satellite radio capability, and dvd playback capability. An 11 speaker Bose sound system comes standard, as does USB iPod interface and bluetooth audio streaming.
As impressive as the design elements are, the car really comes to life once you pop the hood. This ultimate GT-R has a VR38DETT 3.8 liter twin turbo V-6 engine that provides 600hp and 481 lb-ft of torque. The engine is run by a 6-speed dual clutch transmission controlled by paddle shifters, which can be programmed by the driver to shift at high, race-worthy speeds. Like its predecessor, the GT-R NISMO is built on a Nissan exclusive Premium Midship platform, which allows for the use of the first ever rear transaxle all-wheel drive system, the ATTESA E-TS. The system gives final drive to the rear of the vehicle, which maximizes the weight distribution of the car, as well as the handling. The carbon fiber rear spoiler and trunk lid also serve a bigger purpose, along with the front and rear bumpers, by increasing the downforce of the car, which in turn lowers the car’s center of gravity.
When reviewing the car’s specs and description, I was quite impressed with the detail put into the vehicle. Each engine is hand assembled from beginning to end by specially trained technicians, which is rare to find these days. Nissan even puts a plate on the front of the engine with the name of the “Takumi” technician who built that particular engine. The exterior and interior design details all lend themselves to a true race car experience for the driver.
Since I haven’t had the pleasure of test driving the car, I can’t speak to its actual performance. Typically, I prefer a stiffer suspension on a car, which is why I tend to gravitate towards European, and German in particular, manufactured cars. The Japanese cars I’ve driven have had a softer suspension and have had less responsive steering. However, based on the specs of this particular car, I have no doubt it handles like a dream. Another question I have would be around performance. The horsepower and torque are dependent on 93 octane fuel, which is hard to come by at a standard gas station here in the states. I would be curious to see how the performance is affected by a lower octane fuel.
For those of you looking to buy one of these beauties, I’d get on the phone to a dealership right away. The GT-R NISMO will be available in very limited quantity here in North America. The car also comes with a whopping $150,000 price tag. No one said driving a supercar was cheap, but if you have deep pockets and a need for speed, this could very well be the car for you.