Nissan India has confirmed bringing the legendary GT-R by the end of this year. This statement might seem ordinary for the uninitiated, but for the true blue car fan it is the onset of a revolution. The GT-R has not been nicknamed the Giant Slayer or Godzilla for nothing. Here is a car, that after putting supercars from Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Porsches in their places, can trundle along in traffic enroute to the supermarket for buying groceries.
It has the pedigree and the performance. Successor to the Skyline – a car that has gained cult status among street racers and performance enthusiasts. Revered and worshipped by tuners across the globe, Godzilla is the weapon of choice for many to devour tracks and drag strips everywhere. Without a shadow of doubt, the GT-R is easily one of the most fearsome and capable sports cars to have come out from the Land of the Rising Sun. The Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit can attest to that fact, what with a time of just 7 minute 8 seconds it took to complete one lap, making it the fifth fastest car in the world to do so.
Nissan, which makes the GT-R, has decided to launch it in India mainly between November to December this year. The Japanese major has been struggling with sales numbers dwindling month after month and it felt the need to do something about it. The reason they have opted for the GT-R is because of its reputation. The car will be a halo product and will serve as the centerpiece of Nissan’s technological prowess. It is anticipated to rebuild the image of the brand and give a boost to customer confidence. According to Nissan, the launch could have happened earlier but was delayed due to the lack of after-sales support. Servicing the GT-R is not a task for your average Joe. It requires highly trained technicians who have undergone extensive training to even do regular maintenance jobs. Nissan is reportedly working on this aspect and each dealership is likely to get at least one fully trained technician before the launch.
Nissan GT-R derives its mammoth performance from a 3.8-litre, twin turbo V6 engine. This all aluminium block pushes out maximum power of 545 bhp at 6400 rpm with peak torque of 463 Nm making its presence felt most between the 3200 to 5800 rpm rev range. Prodigal grip levels are achieved by routing power to all four wheels via a six-speed dual clutch transmission. Top speed is claimed to be 196 mph (315 kmph). The asking price for this marvel should be around Rs 1.7 crore (ex-showroom). Watch this space for more…..