Few cars evoke emotions and induce smiles the way Nissan's flagship sports car, the GT-R, does. That Nissan has decided to bring such a legendary car to India is reason enough for celebrations.
Imported as a Completely Built Unit (CBU) to be sold exclusively at Nissan's sole High Performance Centre in Noida, the GT-R will set you back by ₹1.99 Crore. And that's just the ex-showroom figure, mind you!
Launched here is the latest 2017 version of the car that just made its debut at the 2016 New York International Motor Show. This facelift has brought with it a sharper fascia dominated by the characteristic V-motion grille and a larger air dam. The multi LED headlights feature complex and distinctive detailing and the sculpted hood is now more aggressive, thanks to pronounced lines and the two air intake nostrils. The waist line gains prominence as you move towards the rear giving the GT-R a 'crouching-and-ready-to-pounce' stance. On the road, the GT-R's rear is what most onlookers would get to see most often and that's where the iconic four ring taillights and the functional diffuser with quad exhausts make an impact. Skirts all around, chin spoiler at the front and boot spoiler at the rear aid aerodynamics and look chic.
The GT-R launched in India is the European spec Premium Edition. That brings along leather appointments on the center console, door panels, shift lever and the dashboard with some bright shades on offer too. The 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system is a customizable unit capable of displaying a plethora of information that include real-time performance data like turbo boost, coolant temperature, oil temperature and even acceleration and cornering G-forces experienced. Those spirited night drives couldn't get any better!
Standard kit include Acoustic windscreen, Active Noise Cancellation, 11-speaker BOSE audio system, Automatic headlamps, six airbags, Vehicle Dynamic Control, Traction Control System, Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System.
Powering the GT-R is a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine that churns out 562 horsepower and 637 Nm of torque. Mated to it is a 6-speed Dual Clutch Automatic Transmission and standard All Wheel Drive system. With a claimed top speed of 315 km/h and a 0 to 100 km/h acceleration time of under 3 seconds, this Nissan can rival the likes of Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Porsches.
In India, Nissan offers the GT-R in seven exterior colour options (Katsura Orange, Vibrant Red, Pearl Black, Storm White, Daytona Blue, Gun Metallic and Ultimate Silver) and four interior trim shades (Red, Tan, Ivory and Black). Booking amount is said to be ₹25 Lakhs and the car would be made to order, so be prepared for a wait.
With supercar-rivaling performance and rewarding chassis dynamics that earned the car legions of fans worldwide, the GT-R is what dreams are made of. Add to that Japanese reliability and it gets potentially lethal if you can cough up the asking price. Remember, the Ferraris and Lamborghinis cost twice as much!