An all around technological powerhouse, the Nissan GT-R is known to many as the ultimate Japanese supercar. In 1989, an Australian magazine called Wheels, deemed the Nissan Skyline GT-R with the nickname, “Godzilla”. For this monstrous name, the GT-R had won an outstanding 29 out of 29 races in Japanese Motorsports. The Skyline GT-R had proved its ability perform and even out-perform its competitors. A true legend had been born in the eyes of the automotive community. With its roots from two generations of the Skyline GT-R from 1969-1973 and 1989-2002, the iconic Nissan GT-R was born and raised on the race track.
The current GT-R was based from the concept vehicles known as the 2001 GT-R Prototype and the closely resembled 2005 GT-R Pronto. In the newest generation, the Nissan dropped the Skyline name of the past. The Nissan GT-R was brought back to the automotive marketplace on December 2007 in Japan, July 2007 in the United States, and March 2009 in Europe. The chief creative designer, Shirō Nakamura, liked the GT-R because it reminded him of the Japanese giant robot of the Gundam series. Nakamura had stated as such: “The GT-R is unique because it is not simply a copy of a European-designed supercar; it had to really reflect Japanese culture.” It really shows the true value of the car to the company and people, where the vehicle is made to be something more than just like any other car out there and this makes the GT-R that much more spectacular.
(Pictured above 2001 GT-R Prototype)
(Pictured above 2005 GT-R Pronto)
Let’s break this down. Why is this car known as Godzilla? I know you want to know what this automotive beast can do on the track. In the 2014 model, the GT-R is powered by a twin turbo 3.8L V6 engine that has a staggering 545 Horsepower with 463 lbs of Torque, which can fly from 0-60mph in 2.7 seconds. Taming all of this power is a 6 speed semi automatic dual clutch transmission. The chassis is known to be very well balanced with the engine sitting behind the front axle to provide crisp and responsive steering. Body parts are made from die cast aluminum, high strength steel, carbon fiber, and composite materials for strength and lightness. The under body is covered in panels to give best air flow possible. As you can see this car was built from the top down to be in every way a world class supercar.
So do you think that is worth being known as Godzilla? Well this supercar has more details than you can imagine. An interesting fact is that Nissan puts the GT-R goes through a six step paint process with two clear coats to provide extra chip protection. If you thought that was a lot of paint, the paint option called super metallic paint, has an eight step process to give a more lustrous and impressive shine. The GT-R has a plethora of technology through out the entire car. This vehicle has a 3 mode system that is controlled in the center LCD display that can monitor transmission, suspension, and overall performance. The Bilstein DampTronic System helps to monitor breaking, speed, acceleration to provide the best shock damping system in your driving experience. The AWD system is known to be one of the best in the world that has the feel of RWD drive vehicle but the performance of a four wheel drive system. That’s not even it. There are tons of more features that this supercar has under its hood!
A balance of style, performance, and soul, the Nissan GT-R shows the world what makes a supercar, a supercar. If you are ever lucky enough to drive the Godzilla, I guarantee you will not want to let this beast out of your hands. With each year, the GT-R keeps pushing the limits of performance breaking 0-60 times, course records, and destroying the competition. I can’t imagine where they will go with the next GT-R, but I couldn’t be more excited to see what Nissan brings to the table. Nissan GT-R is hands down a class of its own and is one of the best supercars in the world.
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