HOW GODZILLAS PROWESS, INTIMIDATED THE ITALIAN MAFIAS

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When you are the GODZILLA, its fun to intimidate the two Italian Mafias, as it was time to show the prowess of the NISSAN GT-R. That’s exactly, what I did, I am playing catch me if you can with the Ferrari F430 NOVITEC 610hp and Lamborghini Huracan 610hp, and the Godzilla is at 590hp at the 2nd edition of The GBLUXE SUPERCARS SPARR. So we are doing 190kmph at 4:30am in the earrrllyy morning, and this GTR knows how to outsmart them with the challenge, which turned out to be brutal.

We are on the expressway, and the GTR is doing 130kmph, in sixth gear, at 3,300 rpm or so, for GBLUXE to nail the gas to hit 210kmph is a matter of seconds, crazy amount of wicked Godzilla power awaiting to be unleashed, even the Yakuza is scared of the GT-R. The Italian mafias were shocked at the sexy exhilarating performance of the GT-R. The Brembo brakes had perfect responsive at very high speeds.

The old technology hydraulically assisted rack and pinion steering system is best suited for the GT-R, while negotiating sharp S bends, speed-sensitive sharper responses with precision steering assisted with the response from the 20inch tires has greatly assisted in aggressive driving, vicious beast it is.

With the GT-R’s aerodynamics, the Coefficient of Drag is just 0.26 Cd, much more aerodynamic than the Huracan and F430. The redesigned side skirts with a new flush C-pillar, reduces turbulence and improves airflow with rear air vents. The rear vents are positioned near the large exhausts, all assist in attaining a low 0.26 Cd.

The GT-R has a hand assembled power pot engine, a 3.8 litre twin-turbo V6 with 24-valves with higher boost pressure. The 565 Godzilla HP at 6800 rpm and 637 nm of torque @ 3,300-6,800 rpm has been paired to an AWD six-speed dual-clutch gearbox. As one of the craftsmen said, “We put our souls into each engine, hoping to deliver that excitement to the customers.”

The GT-R engineers even studied the airflow below the car, which reduces grip and traction, to reduce drag. So the engineers used a series of composite panels beneath the Nissan GT-R® (a technique derived from race cars), which created down force that literally pulls the car to the road.

There is the new bumper, bonnet, LED with daytime running lights and grille.  

AS INSPIRING AS A HAND-ASSEMBLED ENGINE CAN BE, IT IS JUST THE BEGINNING OF THE COMBINATION OF ARTISTRY AND TECHNOLOGY APPLIED TO THE GT-R CHASSIS.

Hiroshi Tamura, Nissan Motor Corporation’s Chief Product Specialist for the GT-R said, “We have continued to push the GT-R’s performance boundaries to the outer limits, making it even more potent than before. At the same time, we have also added refinements to take the driving experience to an entirely new level. India is a new market for the GT-R and we’re proud to bring what we feel is the ‘ultimate GT-R,’ possessing amazing performance, comfort and a rich racing heritage.”

Hiroshi Tamura, Nissan Motor Corporation’s Chief Product Specialist

A SUPERCAR THAT SCULPTS THE WIND
Rather than being designed to the demands of aerodynamics, the GT-R sculpts the air to its needs – becoming a force of nature as much as a force to be reckoned with.
The GTR engineers have done major R&D to challenge the Italians and the Germans in this calibre. For improved handling at high speeds, the Nissan GT-R’s Premium Midship Platform has placed the engine further back in the chassis for better handling, enabling the mounting of the transmission with the transfer case in the rear of the Nissan GT-R, creating the world’s first independent rear transaxle for an All-Wheel Drive vehicle.

I need to beat the Italian mafias, the GT-R’s paddle-shifted 6-speed sequential dual-clutch transmission has a lightning-quick gear change in just 0.15 seconds when in R-Mode – almost as quickly as you can blink. More interesting what makes this .15secs shift incredibly quickly are the separate clutches for the odd (1st, 3rd, 5th) and even (2nd, 4th, 6th) gears. When the car is in an odd-numbered gear, the adjacent even numbered gear is “pre-selected” – ready to make the shift immediately, its tremendous fun shifting the GT-R. The revised gearbox software with the ratios are well calculated, which  assists the GT-R for longer gear changes with the wider spread of torque than the previous GT-R, enhancing perseverance while racing.

The GT-R can do zero to the 100kmph mark in just 2.7 seconds with a top speed of 315kmph vs the Huracan at 3.2secs for the same and top speed of 325kmph.

It’s the Nissan’s legendary ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system and Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) systems ever used in a road car, two of the key feature which assists to keep up with the Italian Mafias and even outsmart them briefly.

The Nissan GT-R has a 3-mode system and is always ready, which allow for on-the-fly adjustment of specific performance parameters for the transmission, suspension, and Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system. I was in the R Mode challenging the Italian Mafias. The R Mode for maximum performance, setting the transmission for swiftest transmission shifts and adjusts the suspension, shocks, and Vehicle Dynamic Control for high performance handling. The superb road handling and road holding is even thanks to The Bilstein® DampTronic®, a computerized control system, continuously adjusts the shock absorber damping. The system has three driver-selectable driving modes and constantly monitors vehicle speed, lateral acceleration, torque, engine rpm and braking behaviour to help provide the ideal ride/handling balance. 

ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system and Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) systems

When seated in the crafted and refined cockpit, the single Nappa leather hide dashboard, hand-selected for tone, high resolution 8″ touch screen, it’s a sense of belonging, immersed in the luxurious interiors. The drivers seats, certainly hug you tight and comfortable on the racetrack or high speed street driving. The controls minimized, down from 27 buttons to control the music and navigation, to only 11 controls. Radio w/Seek-Scan, In-Dash Mounted Single CD, MP3 Player and of course the Bose audio system with 11 speakers is standard. To eliminate unwanted sounds, there is an advanced noise cancellation system with active sound enhancement.

The fabulous feature of the GT-R is the customizable performance screens. The actual feeling of being a GT-R race driver on the race track is adrenalizing. It can be designed to let the driver organize key information to their personal tastes, from engine & turbo performance and efficiency parameters to monitoring cornering and acceleration/braking G-forces. Mind blowing and actually can understand the driving and handling dynamics of the GT-R.

The SAFETY features are the Electronic Stability Control (ESC), ABS And Driveline Traction Control, Side Impact Beams, Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags, Dual Stage Driver and Passenger Front Airbags, Curtain 1st Row Airbags, Back-Up Camera, just a few mentioned.

Driving the GT-R for a power business meeting or for playing golf, it’s very convenient and creates allot of attraction, even in bumper to bumper traffic, a sheer delight.

The sudden feeling at the signal, for some fun driving, leaving black marks on the tarmac, with the roaring sounds from the titanium exhausts, hand-built by a master craftsman, is too amazing, some are just taken aback and scared. The new exhaust system will certainly be endorsed by your neighbours, happy to know the major improvement with the louder exhaust notes even under hard acceleration. The traffic cops love it so much, they ask for your autograph.

GB x GTR

Only five master craftsmen in the world are allowed to hand-assemble the GT-R’s engine and affix a plaque carrying their name.

Experimenting with the launch control was superb fun, sparring with the Italian Mafias as this is the most extensive upgrade since 2007, when the R35 was launched.

These three challenging words say it all, “ANYONE, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE.” Be it the 911 Turbo, Huracan, R8 or the 488gtb, Godzilla is gung ho. And even the yakuza are scared of the GT-R.

It was time to wind up at the St. Regis for a delicious power breakfast.

THIS ARTICLE IS REPUBLISHED AND REVIEW WAS DONE IN H1 2017.