Live the Dream in a GT-R
It’s the car little boys dream of… Then again, it’s the car grown men dream of too. Whether you refer to it as Nissan’s super car, Godzilla or GT-R, this is one beast you’d want to put on your bucket list to drive before you kick it. With blistering performance credentials and aggressive styling the GT-R is undoubtedly in a league of its own and reserved for only a select lucky few. After all, isn’t that what dreams are made of?
You’ll know when a GT-R is in your midst even before you hear its engine’s roar as conversation is sure to come to an abrupt standstill. It’s the kind of awe usually reserved for celebrities and royalty, statuses that would both be fitting for the Nissan GT-R. It first graced our South African shores in 2009 after its initial launch in 2007 in Tokyo. The 2012 edition has received only minor nips and tucks since improving on perfection seems rather senseless. Though more firepower was the result of improvements to the 2012 model’s intake efficiency, exhaust valve cooling and airflow resistance, its average fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are surprisingly down.
Its performance numbers alone confirm its super car status. Responsible for its superior performance grunt is a 3.8L twin-turbocharged 24-valve V6 engine that delivers a breathtaking 397kW of power at 6400rpm and 628Nm of torque at 3200rpm. And adding effortless convenience to your drive is a three-mode dual-clutch 6-speed transmission. Add these figures together and the result is a record-breaking 0 – 100km/h acceleration in just 2.8 seconds – that’s nearly as fast as saying its name. How fast will it take you? Up to 315km/h, but though it’s a great figure to boast with, it’s obviously not practical. But then again, practicality has never been a feature one would look for in a super car.
The Nissan GT-R Black and Premium editions complete the Japanese super car series that are equally packed with superior features. Model dependent specs include a rear-view parking camera, an 11-speaker BoseAï¿½ audio system that is compatible with your iPod and other media devices, an electronic instrument cluster with a digital gear indicator and a multifunction touch screen display to monitor audio functions and navigation. Add to this an unparalleled array of safety features and bold design elements like 20″ forged RAYS alloy wheels, and you might in a moment of weakness consider selling your home to own a GT-R.