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