For those who don’t know this monster, a first gander upon the Nissan GTR gives almost a subtle appeal. It doesn’t have those dramatic and intimidating looks expected from a supercar, but the GTR, called ‘The Godzilla’ with love, is capable of chomping big names in the fast car category.
Much to the delight of every petrol head in the country, the Nissan GTR was on December 2 launched in India.
Some also call it a ‘Supercar Killer’. The Nissan GT-R has been one of the fastest and yet practical supercars of all time. Ever since its first launch, Nissan never slowed down on developing the GTR. With constant tweaks and upgrades to power and mechanics, the Godzilla has finally arrived in India. It has been priced at Rs 1.99 crore.
It is also the GTR’s ability to be modified heavily that made it a global sensation, with enthusiasts tuning it to enter and conquer the supercar territory. Remember the opening scene in 2 Fast 2 Furious, when Paul Walker wins the race in a Skyline GTR.
The GTR was initially marketed as a successor of Nissan Skyline GT-R, but it wasn’t really a part of the Skyline range. However, it was developed with the same idea of outperforming more powerful and expensive cars just as the Skyline did. So, it carried forward the fictional monster’s name which in Japanese, pronounced as Gojira, means the ‘King of Monsters.’
Tiny details on the GTR suggest its all about speed, for which Nissan have given it a design as aerodynamic as possible. The overall look of the car does not have a supercar appeal, but that is what has become its charm. It’s practical, it can carry your luggage and defeat a Porsche 911 Turbo in the process.
But walk towards the back and you will see a massive rear wing. And then there’s jet fighter-style canopy and striking multi-spoke alloys. The taillights, of course, are maintained as the traditional four lamp ones we’re used to seeing. Also, air flow below the vehicle is handled by the carbon fibre underbody diffuser.
Step inside and there’s Japanese sense of perfection and obsession with all things tech. The interior of the R35 generation GT-R has computers and high-tech sensors monitoring even the tiniest of movements of the car. The dashboard has a big screen that displays all the functions of the car. Yes, the GTR is said to be a four-seater, but we wouldn’t recommend long journeys on the latter of the 2+2 seats.
Engine and gearbox
The reason for Gojira’s name being attached to the GT-R (or the Skyline) is the sheer power and performance.
It is powered by a 3.8-litre V6 engine. Doesn’t sound like much in the supercar district, but Nissan have added two turbochargers to the highly advanced engine. What that does is churn out 542 bhp and 612 Nm of torque, which is enough to power the 1.8-tonne GTR to 100 kmph in under three seconds.
The engine is connected to a dual-clutch semi-automatic rear mounted transmission and what’s probably the most effective all-wheel drive system ever, which also gives it immense grip around the bends.
The GTR is capable of doing 313 kmph, however, some engines have known to develop more power than claimed as each engine is handmade and the actual power figure could vary a bit.
Building an engine by hand takes highly-skilled engineers, and Nissan only have four of them, who are called Takumi. The Takumis are given three months each to build an engine, and their names are engraved on the engine cover of their respective units. Now that’s a way to honour talent. This is why every GTR unit is special for the company and the owner.