The Nissan GT-R is a sports car that was released in Japan on December 6, 2007, Canada and the United States on July 7, 2008, and the rest of the world in March 2009. The Nissan GT-R is a 4-wheel drive with a twin-turbo 6-cylinder engine and has the signature 4 round tail lights; however, the evolutionary, incremental changes between Skyline models R32 through R34 have been done away with. The four-spoke-steering HICAS system has been removed and the former straight-6 RB26DETT engine has been replaced with a new V6 VR38DETT. Because of the GT-R's heritage, the chassis code for the all-new version has been called CBA-R35, or 'R35' for short (where CBA is the prefix for emission standard), carrying on the naming trend from previous Skyline GT-R generations. The GT-R has also retained its Skyline predecessor's nickname Godzilla, given to it by the Australian motoring publication Wheels in its July 1989 edition. Nissan chief creative officer, Shiro Nakamura has linked the new GT-R to the giant robots of the Gundam series.
The Nissan GT-R's Body Construction has a Premium Mid-ship (PM) platform with hybrid uni-body assembled using high-precision, ultra-low-tolerance jigs similar to race car construction aluminium hood, trunk lid and outer door skins, die-cast aluminium front shock towers and inner door structures. All outer body panels are stamped using a multiple-strike coining process for exceptional rigidity and precision. The GT-R also has a carbon-composite front cross member/radiator support. Its paint is an advanced 6-stage paint process with double clear coat and chip-resistant paint in critical areas, some have Super Silver special metallic paint, with 8-stage process, including three clear coats and hand-polishing to achieve a lustrous, liquid effect. The Premium Nissan GT-R has a body-coloured rear spoiler whereas the Black Edition has a dry carbon-fibre rear spoiler.
Both the Premium and Black Edition GT-R are fitted with high intensity discharge (HID) headlights, automatic on/off headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED tail lights and brake lights, dual heated body-coloured power outside mirrors, power folding outside mirrors, flush-mounted aluminium door, handles, four 5-inch exhaust outlets with polished tips and UV-reducing solar glass. The revised GT-R features an engine with revised mapping, changes to valve timing, larger inlets and a revised exhaust system that boosts rated power to 530bhp and 612Nm of torque from 3200 to 6000rpm. Changes also include a new extra rigid front strut bar made from carbon composite, larger front brake rotors, new lighter and stiffer wheels, and revised Dunlop tires. Cosmetic changes include a new front bumper with integrated LEDs. The front bumper improves cooling to the radiator and front brakes while reducing drag. A new rear diffuser improves down force and also includes additional rear cooling ducts. The interior was revised to improve the quality.
GT-R is a triumph of function over form, but while it has been designed largely by need, there is more to the exterior styling of the GT-R than you would initially credit. Certainly there’s no mistaking it for something else and, because this is the first GT-R not based on a mass-market vehicle (hence the absence of the Skyline tag), it has been designed with more freedom than previous GT-Rs. Hiroshi Hasegawa, Nissan’s chief product designer, says it is clearly not an Italian, German or American car and that it’s very mechanical, almost like an animated robot, and is obviously made from metal, thanks to its big shoulders and hefty muscularity. Those features help place this wide car and contribute to an excellent drag coefficient of 0.27. There are also cues from previous GT-Rs. The round rear lights are a continuation of the lineage and the front grille is reminiscent of the most recent model, the R34. To most observers it is not a car that elicits 'oohs' and 'aahs' of admiration for its beauty, but there is no doubting in anyone's mind that, on laying eyes on the GT-R, everyone will know that it is a car with very special levels of performance on tap. New more rigid front strut bar made from carbon composite, larger front brake rotors, new lighter and stiffer wheels, and revised Dunlop tires. Cosmetic changes include a new front bumper with integrated LEDs. The front bumper improves cooling to the radiator and front brakes while reducing drag. A new rear diffuser improves down force and also includes additional rear cooling ducts. The GT-R also has a Carbon-composite front cross member/radiator support. Its paint is an advanced 6-stage paint process with double clear coat and chip-resistant paint in critical areas, some have Super Silver special metallic paint, with 8-stage process, including three clear coats and hand-polishing to achieve a lustrous, liquid effect. The famous Anime series Gundam inspired the exterior of the GT-R its metallic and robot like sculpted body bears the initial of its success. Rest is a sculpting innovation of Americans and Europeans.
GT- R’s Exterior dimensions: 4,656 mm. overall length x 1895mm. overall width x 1369mm. overall height, 2780mm. wheelbase, 62.6 in. front track, 63.0 in. rear track and 36.6 ft. curb-to-curb turning circle. 20" x 9.5" front & 20" x 10.5" rear high lustre smoke grey finished forged aluminium wheels w/special bead knurling. P255/40ZR20 front & P285/35ZR20 rear nitrogen filled Dunlop high performance run flat summer tires. The latest coupe is 4671mm overall length x 1902mm overall width x 1372mm overall height.
The interiors of Nissan GT-Rs of the past have always been a somewhat secondary consideration. The same applies to current version to a certain extent, but there’s a sophistication to the modern GT-R’s cabin that was absent in earlier versions. And even if the quality of the materials in the new cars can’t match the best that European rivals have to offer, there is an endearing Japanese efficiency and even a degree of charm to the way the GT-R does things. The bewildering array of screens and data readouts on the centre console are matched by a similar number of switches and buttons – they could only come from Japan, as, too, could the choice of metal-look plastic trim on the fascia and doors. Nissan hasn’t pandered to European conventions, and the GT-R’s cabin is all the better for it. This isn’t a car that’s looking for the panache and lushness of something like a 911, it’s meant to be a technological tour-de-force and to that extent Nissan has done a good job with the cabin. Polyphony Digital, creators of the Gran Turismo series, of motor racing video games, were themselves involved in the development of the GT-R, having been contracted to design the GT-R's multifunction display. The inside cabin of the Nissan GT-R comes with leather-wrapped magnesium paddle shifters, leather-wrapped gearshift knob and parking brake lever, brushed-metal interior trim, French-stitched leather-trimmed dashboard, console and doors, Aluminium-trimmed pedals, etc.
Nissan has updated the inside of the GT-R to create a more sophisticated atmosphere. This was done by adding blue lighting inside the tachometer ring to match the shift position indicator light and exchanging the Bose sound system woofers to Bose Precision Sound System woofers. The Nissan GT-R ensures maximum seating comfort along with superb atmosphere for occupants. The supercar comes equipped with dual zone automatic climate control with sufficient AC vents as well as in-cabin micro filter. The multi-functional steering wheel allows controlling audio and cruising system sitting on the driver's seat. Bluetooth hands free system, USB connectivity and 9.3 GB music box provides you ample choices to enjoy your favourite songs and phone operation without moving your hands. The 7-inch VGA high-resolution colour-LCD touch-screen display for audio, navigation and performance monitor gives you real time status of fuel, acceleration, braking, gear, lap time, steering, etc. The Nissan GTR comes assembled with Leather-appointed front seats with synthetic suede inserts, 8-way power driver's seat, 4-way power front passenger's seat with entry/exit switch for rear passenger, Heated front seats Leather-appointed seats, Heated front seats, Dual individual rear seats, etc. The cabin is designed to ensure enough headroom, leg room, shoulder room and hip room for occupants. Other fascinating comfort features include Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, Electronic analog instrument cluster with upshift indicator, multi-function drive computer and digital gear indicator.
Interior Dimensions of the current models of the GT-R is Interior dimensions: 35.8 in. front headroom, 31.9 in. rear headroom, 54.7 in. front hip room, 44.9 in. rear hip room, 44.6 in. front leg room, 26.4 in. rear leg room, 54.3 in. front shoulder room, 50.0 in. rear shoulder room and 79.0 cu ft. interior volume.
Acceleration & Pick-Up
Nissan GT-R can reach up to a top speed of 311Kmph in one of the revised run it attained a top speed of 313Kmph . The test runs showed the car can achieve 100kmph in about 3.5 seconds. The GT-R user's manual states that turning off the VDC is only meant for escaping low-traction situations such as mud or snow. Nissan has re-programmed the 2010 model year GT-R to reduce the engine speed at launch to around 3,000 to 3,500rpm with VDC enabled, which is meant to improve acceleration times. The new programming was also installed on old 2009 vehicles still in Nissan's inventory, and is available for existing 2009 vehicles. The new updated GT-R however now has a launch mode, which Nissan calls "R-Mode Start", and is activated by setting the Transmission and VDC to "R" mode (the Suspension settings can be left in normal mode), holding the brakes, then the throttle, and finally releasing the brakes. The engine speed is now held at 4,000rpm in this mode, and it no longer voids the warranty. However, the system allows a maximum of 4 consecutive hard launches before locking itself out, after which it can be unlocked by driving normally for 1.5 miles. The increased engine output of later models combined with the "R-Mode Start" has lowered the 100 km/h time to 3.2 seconds. Without any form of launch control 100km/h times of 3.8 seconds were achieved.
Engine and Performance
The India bound Nissan GT-R is believed to carry 3.8 litres, 3799cc , V6, DOHC, two-parallel turbochargers, all-wheel drive, power plant which is able to produce whooping power of 474 Bhp at 6400rpm and mind-blowing torque of 588 Nm at 3200-6000 rpm. The engine is incorporated with double overhead camshafts (DOHC) with Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS) on intake valves, Aluminium cylinder block with high-endurance/low-friction plasma-sprayed bores, Aluminium pistons, etc. The powertrain of the Nissan GT-R is coupled with GR6 dual-clutch six-speed transmission which is powered by Electronic drive-by-wire throttle system. The Dual clutch 6-speed transmission is mated with three driver-selectable modes; each transmission hand-crafted in a clean-room environment: The three modes are Normal (for maximum smoothness and efficiency, with gearshifts in less than 0.5 second), R-mode (for maximum performance with fastest shift speeds) and Snow mode for gentler starting and shifting on slippery surfaces. The car does the 0-100 kmph sprint in just 3.5 seconds that places it in the super sports cars segment. You can also reach to a top speed of 311 kmph. Engine response and torque at mid- and low-speeds, and power at high revolutions, has been significantly improved, mainly due to the following factors:
Improved intake efficiency & Better air flow resistance, which has been reduced by the addition of an intake manifold fitted to the head of each unit and the use of resin in the enlarged air intake duct for the inter-cooler.
Improved exhaust emissions efficiency and enhanced control.
Reduced air flow resistance thanks to a more compact under floor catalyser which improves emissions efficiency and reduces weight.
Improved exhaust valve cooling performance by the adoption of a newly-designed metallic sodium-filled valve. At the same time, valve control timing, the air mixture ratio and ignition timing have been improved.
The average fuel consumption for Nissan GT-R is about 10.23 kmpl and the average CO2 output is 288.1 g/km. The fuel tank capacity for the car is 74 litres. The fuel economy figures are globally attested however there might be some difference on the Indian roads. The engine, mated to a GR6 dual – clutch helps the car deliver a performance and acceleration that’s unbeatable and also makes the car superbly stable.
Power of Nissan GT-R
After the commercial launch, Nissan GTR was launched in different countries with a few upgradation. Recently the car was displayed at Tokyo Motor Show 2009 with some changes. The car Nissan GTR was brought to India in March 2008 for display purpose only. The super fast sports car, Nissan GTR, comes loaded with a 3.8L, DOHC V6, two-parallel turbochargers, all wheel drive with a displacement of 3,799cc. The powerplant of the coupe is capable of delivering a maximum power of 474 bhp at 6400 rpm and produces a peak torque of 588 Nm at 3,200-5200 rpm. The Nissan GTR comes equipped with GR6 dual-clutch six-speed transmission. As far as the acceleration is concerned, the Nissan GTR can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in mere 3.5 seconds, its a World Record. The top speed of the vehicle is more than 300 kmph that speaks volumes about the performance of the car.
Nissan GTR has outstanding exterior with unique shapes at front and rear. The front face of the car is very similar to a rocket. It is also larger than the rear which is common to coupe. The flat grille slot is very sporty and aggressive with monster like look. The upper grille is designed by blending honeycomb grille while the lower grille is totally honeycomb style. Front side skirt is there below the lower grille. Headlamp cluster, comprised of xenon headlamps, is longer and sporty as well. Nissan GTR comprises of electronically powered outside rear view mirrors in body colour. While the door handlebars, bumpers are in body colour. The rear side view of the car is fascinating, charming, dashing and much more. The rear of the Nissan GTR is no less than a dance floor that swoons even the most rigid of car enthusiasts. Tail lights are in 4 dials and LED treatment. Right below the tail lights, twin-exhaust system is positioned at both sides. A large rear spoiler adds to the beauty and sporty look of the mean machine.
The inside of Nissan GTR is stunning and eye-catching. The cabin is equipped with most advanced interior features. The steering wheel is fully powered and has mounted controls. The dashboard is comprised of large meters in black background, white fonts and red arrows. Nissan GTR sports rocking audio system with MP3/CD player and changer along with Bluetooth and USB connectivity. Enough storage space is provided inside the car by the manufacturer. Ample legroom, headroom, hiproom and shoulder room are ensured in the cabin for every passenger. For the safety and security purpose, the Nissan GTR is provided with 8 airbags, fog lamps, traction control, tyre pressure monitoring system, EBD, ABS, ESP and vehicle security alarm system. Nissan GTR is expected to be launched in India with all the above mentioned specifications and features. However, a lot will depend on how the company brings it here.
Stereo & Accessories
Digital Bose audio system with AM/FM/CD player along with eleven speakers including dual subwoofers .The player supports MP3/WMA CD playback, DVD playback with speed-sensitive volume control. The system is added with USB and Bluetooth connectivity. The 9.3 GB Music Box hard drive for digital music storage and playback feature add to your comfort and fun riding.
The upcoming car from Nissan, Nissan GTR is also expected to be introduced here with dual zone automatic climate control and in-cabin micro filter to keep inside atmosphere cool.
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Braking & Handling
Although the GT-R excels on almost all road surfaces and conditions, and is, for a heavy car, impressively agile through slower corners if you’re prepared to bully it a little, it is more at home on wider roads and through sweeping corners. The steering takes a little getting used to; at 2.6 turns lock to lock it is quick and relatively lightly weighted, but it is exceptionally accurate and communicative when the limits of adhesion approach. The changes incorporated into the Track Pack subtly enhance the GT-R package to make it more playful at the limit; ideal for those wishing to regularly use their car on a circuit. The extra brake cooling has genuine benefits, with the non-carbon rotors refusing to fade after sustained track abuse. Whether from behind the wheel or standing by the roadside, it is impossible not to be anything but blown away by the sight or feel of a GT-R on maximum attack; its ability to grip and channel horsepower to the road is quite astonishing. The trouble is that to get the most from it you really need to be on a track; use anything more than 40 per cent of its capabilities on the road and you’re travelling way faster than you should.
Safety & Security
Handling the Nissan GTR is a much easier than any other supercar but you have to get used to it before racing it on crowded roads. It is equipped with trademark Nissan/Brembo braking system and Bilstein DampTronic suspension system. One other added feature is cruise control as any other car. In view to ensure maximum control over the vehicle, Nissan GT-R is loaded with Electronic Traction Control System (TCS), High-performance 1.5-way mechanical limited-slip rear differential, Advanced Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with three driver-selectable modes: Normal for daily driving; controls brakes and engine output. R-Mode – for ultimate performance; raising the threshold at which the system intervenes, off – disengaging the VDC system with the Hill start assist preventing rollback when starting on an incline. The Nissan GT-R comes armoured with an array of safety features that includes Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS ) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant-classification sensors, Driver and front-passenger seat mounted side-impact supplemental air bags, Roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags for front occupant head protection, Front seat belts with pretensions and load limiters, 3-point ALR/ELR passenger seat belt system (ELR for driver), LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children ), Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones, Hood buckling creases, Energy-absorbing steering column, 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), etc.
Nissan GT-R, amazing wheels with 20 inch super-lightweight forged-alloy wheel and all season run-flat tyres. The front and rear tyre specification is 255/40ZRF20 and 285/35ZRF20 respectively. The alloy wheels have near-black metallic finishes which give them more character.
Stunning looks, robust and powerful engine, amazing speed.
Burns a hole in the pocket, heavy maintenance cost, not yet available in the Indian sub-continent.
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