Big-headed GT-R

Peter Lyon in Ja­pan re­ports on a car that’s per­fect for ego trip­pers

Herald Sun - Motoring - - News -

THE first ma­jor update to the Nis­san GT-R brings an out­ra­geous new name and ex­tra go to the Ja­panese su­per­car bench­mark. It will be called the Ego­ist. No one knows yet if the name will sur­vive the trip to Aus­tralia, but Nis­san be­lieves it has more punch than the SpecM tag orig­i­nally pro­posed for the car.

A Nis­san in­sider says the name comes from a group of mar­ket­ing buffs who latched on to the Chanel per­fume called Ego­ist and ap­parel maker Ego­ist, and be­lieves that GT-R Ego­ist also sounds pretty cool.

‘‘Yes, there’s a bit of tongue in cheek in the name, and yes, the word does mean self-con­ceited, but we just wanted to have some fun with the name,’’ the Nis­san source says.

Even though Sky­hooks had a 1970s hit with the song Ego is Not

a Dirty Word in Aus­tralia, there are wor­ries that the Ego­ist tag is only re­in­forc­ing the rep­u­ta­tion of many own­ers.

Or it could be re­fer­ring to the GT-R’s out­spo­ken chief en­gi­neer, Kazu­toshi Mizuno.

But only Nis­san knows and is press­ing ahead with the GT-R update for Ja­panese show­rooms on Oc­to­ber 7, with a price tag of $166,000.

The Ego­ist will in­cor­po­rate a newly de­signed grille and bumper com­bi­na­tion, with a re­vised front in­take duct.

Ru­moured LED day­lights will also ap­pear on the front and rear bumpers to make the GT-R eas­ier to see at high speeds.

At the outer edges of the rear bumper, stylists have also fit­ted new heat-dis­si­pat­ing vents, de­signed to ex­tract more heat from the trans­mis­sion and ex­haust sys­tem. In­side, the Ego­ist gets new spe­cially de­signed switches and Re­caro seats.

Based on the two lux­ury ver­sions, the Black Edi­tion and the Pre­mium Edi­tion, the Ego­ist gets larger brake discs — up from 360 to 390mm — and lighter, 10-spoke wheels. In ad­di­tion to the wheels, other weight sav­ings in the body mean that the GT-R is now 30kg lighter than the cur­rent model.

Thanks to the mod­i­fied tur­bocharg­ers, oil cooler and ex­haust sys­tem on the car’s V6 en­gine, the GT-R now pumps out 382kW at 6400 revs and 608Nm of torque at 3200-5200.

So the com­bi­na­tion of the new 1710kg kerb weight and the re­vised twin-turbo V6 gen­er­ates a health­ier power-to-weight ra­tio, a fac­tor im­por­tant to any GT-R buyer.

But what will most im­press po­ten­tial cus­tomers are the tweaks made to the gear ra­tios, spring rates and rear sus­pen­sion ge­om­e­try which, cars­Guide is told, de­liver a more com­pli­ant ride with sharper han­dling.

Tweaked: the cur­rent GT-R (above) is headed for an update in Ja­pan with a price tag of $166,000.

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