Its poster has been on our walls ever since the first of the current GT-Rs was shown to the world back in 2007. Almost 10 years later, the 2017 iteration of this Japanese hunter of supercars has finally come to our country, and it is glorious.
The Nissan GT-R is built with an obsessive attention to details regarding the performance of the car, so that it can do everything that a supercar is expected to and not be useless for your daily chores. The GT-R is powered by a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6, assembled by hand, and churns out 562bhp and 637Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Now, don’t think the transmission is from the era when this GT-R dawned; it’s mightily capable and quick. With the combo of a potent V6, a quick transmission and a smart all-wheel drive, it cracks 100kph from standstill in a jaw-dropping 2.8 seconds. Yeah, you read that right. With that sort of timing, it is faster than any other sportscar it competes with, albeit the new Porsche 911 Turbo S.
It does look a bit big and it is a bit heavy, but the GT-R is actually more aerodynamic than a bullet, with a drag coefficient of 0.22. The engine is positioned closer to the rear axle for better handling, to throw the AWD GT-R around a corner at blurring speeds.
Inside the GT-R’s cabin, like every other modern sportscar, there are plenty of buttons that do plenty of things. If you’re in a leisurely mood, just hit the Comfort button and the on-board computer will soften the ride and ease the throttle response, and when you’re ready to hit a racetrack, just choose ‘R’ on the centre console and it’ll tighten its limbs and stare at you like an angry wolf.
The interior of this 2017 Nissan GT-R is pleasant too; with multi functional displays and an array of driver assist technology and a Bose audio system, too. There are two seats at the back as well, just in case…
To know what the MY2017 GT-R drives like on Indian roads, click here.
Of course, like all other sportscars out there, things aren’t going to come too easy if you wish to own this racetrack monster and a drag strip champ. You’ll have to shell out a good Rs 1.99 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi) for this Japanese sportscar. But what you get complimentary with the GT-R is bragging rights at the petrolhead’s party and soiled pants when you get the launch control activated to propel you into the horizon at stupid speeds. Drool.