Nissan GT-R

front-gtr The Tokyo motor show is on, and without a doubt the ‘biggest’ car there is the new Nissan GT-R.

The spiritual successor to the Skyline GTR has now been shown ‘in the flesh’. Until now all we have seen are the concept’s and the mules doing laps at the ring.

rear-gtr The GT-R is a car that Nissan have needed for a while. After the limited ‘official’ run of R34 Skyline GTR’s in the UK, and the obvious grey import market, we will now hopefully get the real GT-R in a production form for the UK and Europe. And lets be honest ever since Nissan and Renault joined forces, Nissan have lacked a little bit of sexy. Even the 350Z is only a Renault in sheep’s clothing when all said and done.

top-gtr So what makes the car so special? History, it’s one of the cars made famous in gaming, it also made it’s name around the ring, setting times right up there with the Porsche and Ferrari’s. This from a Japanese ‘family’ car.

inter-gtr The new car has an all new 3.8ltr V6, with twin turbo’s. The engine is derived from the R391 Le Mans car V8 engine (VRH35L), but obviously strengthened and has 2 cylinders less, for production use. So what I hear you say? well even in 1999 when the engine was developed it was cutting edge, and still is. The lump pumps out 480bhp, and does the 62mph run in 3.5 seconds, so it’s no slouch.

Some other fact’s that are interesting, it has a 0.27 drag co-efficient (pretty damn good, almost as good as a Prius in fact, but a damn sight better looking). It will also do 193mph at the top using road gearing. It has lapped the Nurburgring Nordschleife in 7min 38sec. Which is about as quick as a Porsche Carrera GT (300,000 quid’s worth). The best bit? it’s going to be about 60,000 quid when it goes on sale in the UK in 2009. The car has also got a ‘copy’ if the VAG group’s DSG (Dual Clutch) gearbox positioned at the rear end, just to balance it all out nicely.

I say welcome back to the party. It’s been a long time without a scary Japanese 4 wheel drive with the GT-R badge, but well worth the wait.