The Nissan GT-R is a high-performance sports car and grand tourer produced by Nissan that was unveiled in 2007. It is the successor to the Skyline GT-R, although no longer part of the Skyline range itself, that name now being used for Nissan’s luxury-sport market.
Nissan chief creative officer, Shirō Nakamura, has likened the new GT-R to the giant robots of the Gundam series. Nakamura stated: “The GT-R is unique because it is not simply a copy of a European-designed Sports car; it had to really reflect Japanese culture.”
Nissan’s American designers sculpted the rear three-quarters of the vehicle, while their European designers sculpted the roofline.
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.
Nissan introduced the GT-R SpecV on January 7, 2009 at the 2009 Tokyo Auto Salon. This version uses carbon fibre trim inside and out, and has no rear seats. In addition, a new colour was introduced limited to the SpecV, LAC Black Opal, The car came with Bridgestone Potenza RE070R tyres.
The GT-R SpecV is powered by the standard twin-turbocharged 3,799 cc (3.8 L; 231.8 cu in) V6. A new high gear boost controller that allows a temporary increase in boost pressure from the IHI twin turbochargers, now larger than those on the standard GT-R, delivering 20 N⋅m (15 lb⋅ft) more torque than the standard GT-R in mid to high-range revs. Other mechanical changes include a titanium exhaust, Recaro bucket seats, reworked suspension, carbon ceramic brakes, and 20-inch (510 mm) NISMO wheels. Overall weight is decreased by 60 kg (132 lb) over the standard GT-R.
Sales began in Japan on February 2, 2009, at seven preselected dealers staffed with specially trained mechanics knowledgeable about racing circuit driving. The price was ¥15,750,000 (about US$160,000). The SpecV was also sold in Europe and the Middle East. A total of 110 SpecV were built, 77 for Japan, 24 for Europe, 1 for United Kingdom, 7 for Middle East and 1 additional car.
Auto Express tested the SpecV and posted a 0–97 km/h (0–60 mph) time of 3.20 seconds, 1⁄4 mile (400 m) time of 11.5 seconds, pulled 1.12 g on the skidpad and 120.2 km/h in the slalom. An earlier tested Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 resulted in an identical slalom speed but a lower 1.06 g on the skidpad.
Nissan introduced the GT-R Egoist as the luxury version of Nissan GT-R for the 2012 model year which is only produced for the Japanese and European markets with only 43 units. (With 2 VVIP Editions).
The new updates to Egoist include increased engine power output to 537 PS; 530 hp (395 kW) at 6,800 rpm and torque to 607 N⋅m (448 lb⋅ft) at 3,200-5,800 rpm. Nissan improved straight-line performance for this new model with 2.9 seconds of 0-60 mph time, and it can do a quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds at 122.7 mph.
Interior upgrades include a Wajima lacquer steering emblem, exclusive leather and Alcantara for instrument panel, console, door trim, rear side, pillar trim and roof trim, new leather interior colour, fabric carpet, leather cleaner, leather car verification case, and leather seats.
For Exterior a new Carbon-fibre rear spoiler with LED-type high-mount brake light, a Titanium muffler, and exhaust system, dedicated emblem, and Rays lightweight forged aluminum wheels with carbon-ceramic brakes.
The VVIP Edition was introduced by Nissan Middle East and it was only sold in the Middle East. VVIP version upgrades include interior colours among 12 choices (four upper area interior colours and seven lower area interior colours), new racing seats, Wajima Lacquer (Maki-e) Emblem on the middle of the steering wheel, new Bose Precision Sound System and Carbon Rear Spoiler. The wheels, front shells, and some other small components were painted with unique gold paint.
The car went on sale with a price tag of US$140,000 and sold 35 units in Japan, 3 in the United Kingdom, 3 in Europe, and 2 VVIP Editions in the Middle East.
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