Nissan GT-R – A Godzilla in Metal
- It has top-notch performance
- Great exterior design
- Height usability
- It has dated interior
- Lack of electronic driving aids
The Nissan GT-R is a popular sports option of the Skyline sedan which started in 1969. It got a complete redesign when it was reintroduced in 2007, prompting the drop of "Skyline" from its name. The Nissan GT-R is one of the most iconic sports cars in the history of automobiles across the world. It has earned some serious amount of recognition and reputation for itself and which was commonly known as 'Godzilla'. The Nissan GT-R is known to make its reputation as supercar slayer. It has changed up the segment with its scorching performance and lower-price tag compared to the competition, thus making it your everyday supercar.
In this section, we reveal the Nissan GT-R's most interesting features: As you'd usually get from a top-tiered racing car, the Nissan GT-R is minted with the moniker "the world's fastest accelerating production four-seater" for reasons that are both warranted and well-deserved. It can accelerate from 0-60 in just 2.8 seconds, placing it with hypercar royalties such as the McLaren P1 and the Ferrari LaFerrari. In the same vein, it matches the ultra-lightweight Caterham 620R despite of it weighing three times over the latter.
The Nissan GT-R's engines are hand-developed by race engineers, no less. To be exact, its engines are built entirely by hand by one of Nissan's four Takumi, who are more than just savants in their field. The Nissan GT-R is also famed for its slippery hallmarks – features that effectively outshine the Ferrari's 458 Italia supercar. One of the reasons for this feat is its cleaver aerodynamics which ensures that air resistance is minimized, while working the air in such a manner that the downforce is maximized at a high speed. Akin with the Ferrari Enzo, the Nissan GT-R's gearbox also changes gear that swiftly. It only takes 150ms for it to change gear. Unlike the Enzo, however, the supercar's twin-clutch paddleshift gearbox can be adjusted to change gear in a much less harshly fashion or can be driven in a full automatic mode. Also esteemed is its gearbox's flexibility – a feature that allows it to shift or gently slide its way up the cogs.
As it is expected of its caliber, the Nissan GT-R's suspension geometry can be adjusted at just a flick of a switch. Other notable features of the hotly-reviewed refresh are its nitrogen tires which can reportedly withstand a puncture at 124mph and its ATTESA E-TS' torque-vectoring four-wheel drive system, which makes it effectively better than an SUV when it traverses snow.
The Nissan GT-R sources its power from the now-iconic 3.6-litre twin turbo V6 petrol engine. Mills are purely handmade from start till end and comes engraved with the name of the engineer and lineman who assembled it. The engine might be smaller than most European supercars, but thanks to twin turbocharging, the engine offers mind-boggling performance and produces a maximum power output of 570 PS and peak torque output of 633 Nm. The engine has a 6-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. It gets three driving modes, as well as paddle shifters for that seamless and precise feel at higher speeds.
For the Nissan GT-R safety features, it has safety kits included- front, side and curtain airbags, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Control, front and rear parking sensors, reverse camera and proximity radar with obstacle detection. It misses out on a number of sophisticated electronic driving aids which the counterparts get, which is a big miss for the Nissan GT-R. The Nissan GT-R is available in 7 different colors - White Pearl, Katsura Orange, Pearl Blue, Gun Metallic, Pearl Black, Ultimate Silver, and Vibrant Red.
Apart from perfection, the GT-R (Gran Turismo Racer) comes with an interior that is both striking and contrasting – these go especially for the Coral Red theme which is complemented by the Jet Black exterior.
The All-New Nissan GT-R comes with a customizable color option, ranging from all black to walnut brown and red with black inserts. Its overall layout of the cabin looks functional and everything in the car looks and feels ergonomic to use. The overall cabin layout of the Nissan GT-R feels a bit dated now compared to the last model. It has the three-spoke steering wheel wrapped in leather feels nice to use. There is a lot of use of round theme in the cabin might not be to everyone's liking, but then, they are legible to read while driving the car in towering speeds.
The car has the high mounted touchscreen infotainment system, complemented with the sound system from BOSE, which isintegrated with performance dials as well. The dials keep a track on the ongoing performance with some interesting data related to engine working displayed while on the go. It has the lower positioned AC vents and buttons for climate control that looks dated, but the use of carbon fiber on the transmission tunnel adds some drama to the cabin. The cabin is loaded with all the modern comfort and convenience features, which is expected from a luxury car.
The latest innovations from Apple and Google, the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, though, are not included in the model. As it is, the overall experience for the media and music aficionados may be a bit on the dated side.
For its interior space, the cabin feels ergonomic, with much easier ingress and egress as compared with other luxurious cars. The car gets a 2+2 seating layout, with the rear seats which are best reserved for kids. The rear, however, gets the same luxurious leather treatment, as it is for most in the interior. When you get yourself stuck in a traffic, the GT-R should move you to its own comfortable dimension, as opposed to being, well, stuck.
Also noted is the generous amount of hand-stitched leather virtually in all its interior. In contrast, here's also a lack of suede and alcantara right inside, which should be fine for most. However, the cabin would have looked more bespoke had the maker thrown some extra for that special feeling. In its interior's entirety, the GT-R just went all the way with leather and with bits of carbon fiber designed as plastic right at the center console.
Perhaps one of the nicest tricks the GT-R offers in its interior is when a user starts to adjust the vehicle's steering wheel. This is when the whole instrument binnacle moves with it – ultimately providing an optimum visibility to driving information readily. There's also a dedicated electric adjustment for its seats – one that can be accessed through simple job that you can maneuver in all directions. Heated seats, on the other hand, can be toggled on and off. Of course, theirs is that automatic climate control, which is very much a Nissan thing.
The Nissan GT-R isn't equipped with blindspot indicators, lane keep assist, and an automatic braking, but the entrant comes with a reverse camera and parking sensors. Nissan has elected to arm the vehicle with a standard and non-adaptive cruise control – a typical feature that prioritizes function over its general fancifulness. It comes in forms of adjustable modes for the drivetrain, suspension, right alongside a traction control. These all are equipped with switchable modes – from normal, soft, right down to R modes.
Also highly noted in the Nissan GT-R's interior is the toggle-friendly custom views. These are designed in conjunction with the Polyphony Digital – the folks behind the Gran Turismo video games series. The custom views, in essence, allow users to switch between a selection of windows, which all vary in size and number. Each of these windows can then display certain details such as the car's boost from the turbo or the oil temperature, among others.
When it comes with the overall design, the Nissan GT-R remained almost unchanged in all these years. It still has the sharp and aggressive design language is timeless and does manage to make the heads turn even today. At the front, there is an inverted trapezoidal front grille, which in its latest avatar, gets a subtle looking chrome garnish at the upper portion in a V-shape design. The air dams in the front bumper as well as vertically stretched have headlamps with projector units and LED daytime running lamps do add some aggressiveness to the supercar when viewed from the front. The sides have not changed; the only significant change is the new black colored 20-inch alloy wheels. It has a grey colored underbody skirting, along with the sloping roofline, that still makes the car look distinctive and fresh.
At the rear, has the iconic quad circular LED tail lamps and make the supercar look recognizable even from a far distance. The rear profile has a huge boot mounted spoiler with stop lamp and four exhaust pipes, with underbody skirting playing its fair share of making the car look sporty here as well. It is not always all about engine performance and the sound they make, but also the way they handle too is a strong and decisive point.
The Nissan GT-R fully complements its wonderful powertrain, it comes with Double Wishbone with Aluminum (forged) Upper Links and Lower Arms at the front and Multilink with Aluminum (forged) Upper Links at the rear. The suspension setup has a Normal Spring Rate stabilizer at the front and Bilstein Adaptive DampTronic shock absorbers at both front and rear. All of these together make the overall driving dynamics very engaging. It has the Brembo braking system with radially mounted calipers at both front and rear, play a fair role in bringing the car from towering speeds to halt with accuracy and ease.
All things considered, the 2018 Nissan GT-R has aged well relative to its design offerings on the exterior. That also goes to tell the eyes of its enthusiasts that it has effectively retained its charming "boy-racer" vibe. Strictly, the newest entrant to the intimidating series is a definite headturner, a handsome culmination of the lineup's effortful approach to impress upon power.