GODZILLA re­turns in April ‘09

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - Cars Guide -

Nis­san’s most ex­pen­sive car, the leg­endary GT-R, will be priced just un­der $150,000, re­ports NICK DAL­TON.

NIS­SAN says the su­per­car will go on sale in April next year in two grades, the GT-R at $148,800 and the $152,800 GT-R Pre­mium. Cur­rently its dear­est model is the Pa­trol 4.8 Ti Au­to­matic at $76,990.

It will be avail­able at a se­lect group of 11 ac­cred­ited Nis­san High Per­for­mance Cen­tre dealers.

The near­est to Cairns is at Mackay, where cashed-up fly-in and out min­ing work­ers are ex­pected to splash out on the tur­bocharged weapon. The other Queens­land dealers are in Bris­bane and on the Gold Coast. Nis­san ex­pects to sell 200 ver­sions next year.

The new Nis­san GT-R su­per­car will be on show in Syd­ney for the first time when it takes cen­tre stage at the 2008 Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show next week.

Nis­san will be­gin a pre-sell pro­gram and take or­ders from the first day of the show on Thurs­day.

There will be a choice of six colours – Su­per Sil­ver, Vi­brant Red, Gun Metal­lic, Black Ob­sid­ian, Ti­ta­nium and Ivory Pearl.

The su­per­car will fea­ture true lux­ury per­for­mance equip­ment in­clud­ing a driver con­fig­urable Multi-Func­tion Me­ter which can dis­play lat­eral G-forces plus ac­cel­er­a­tion and brak­ing per­for­mance among 11 data screens avail­able.

The Pre­mium grade adds smoke/grey forged 20in alu­minium wheels, Ni­tro­gen-filled Bridge­stone Potenza run-flat tyres, ( over the stan­dard model’s Dun­lop SP Sport), a BOSE au­dio with 11 speak­ers and a 30 gi­ga­byte hard drive and front black leather sports seats with red Al­can­tara in­serts.

Each of the 11 dealers had to meet ex­act­ing stan­dards in­clud­ing the al­lo­ca­tion of ded­i­cated GT-R sales and ser­vice staff, the in­stal­la­tion of spe­cific tech­ni­cal ser­vice mon­i­tors to com­mu­ni­cate with the GT-R “black-box” data recorder and stock­ing ni­tro­gen to main­tain tyres.

The GT-R is pow­ered by a hand-built twin-turbo VR38DETT 3.8-litre V6 en­gine de­liv­er­ing a mighty 353kW and 588Nm across a wide midrange ex­panse from 3200rpm to 5200rpm.

It also in­tro­duces the world’s first in­de­pen­dent rear transaxle all­wheel-drive sys­tem.

The GR6 se­quen­tial six-speed has pad­dle shift con­trol for the dual clutch rear transaxle, while drive to the wheels is via the elec­tron­i­cal­ly­con­trolled ATTESA E-TS all-wheel-drive sys­tem.

Brembo Sports brakes are fit­ted all round, with six pis­tons in the front cal­lipers and four at the rear. There are full-float­ing drilled ro­tors clamped by low steel high stiff­ness brake pads.

A Bil­stein Dam­pTronic sus­pen­sion con­trol sys­tem gives three se­lectable set­tings: Cir­cuit, Nor­mal and Com­fort.

The 20in front wheels are shod with 255/40ZF 20 tyres while the rears are fit­ted with 285/35ZF 20s, with all tyre pres­sures mon­i­tored elec­tron­i­cally.

An ad­vanced hy­brid body construction melds steel, die-cast alu­minium and car­bon fi­bre for strength, light­ness and dura­bil­ity. The GT-R has a su­per low co­ef­fi­cient of drag of 0.27, while achiev­ing high front and rear down­force.

The pro­duc­tion Nis­san GT-R has al­ready won its spurs on the track with GT-R chief test driver To­chio Suzuki crack­ing the seven min­utes 30 sec­onds bar­rier at the famed Nur­bur­gring track ear­lier this year.

The car he drove was a stan­dard spec­i­fi­ca­tion model, fit­ted with stan­dard Ja­panese mar­ket tyres. Suzuki’s lap time beat his pre­vi­ous fastest time for the GT-R by an amaz­ing nine sec­onds, recorded in damp con­di­tions.

All mod­els have a rear wing and car­bon fi­bre rear dif­fuser and a dark grey front grille. The stan­dard equip­ment list fea­tures leather-wrapped sports steer­ing wheel, ad­justable steer­ing col­umn, high-back driver’s sports seats, with six-way power ad­just­ment for the driver and four-way power ad­just­ment for passenger. Front seats are heated and there are alu­minium in­te­rior trim ac­cents.

An in­tel­li­gent key sys­tem al­lows ac­cess to the car and in­te­grates with the push-but­ton for en­gine start and stop.

The Pre­mium model adds black forged 20-inch alu­minium wheels, Ni­tro­gen-filled Bridge­stone Potenza Run-Flat tyres, BOSE au­dio sys­tem and front black leather sports seats with red leather in­serts.

Safety equip­ment in­cludes ABS with EBD, dual front, side and cur­tain airbags, while the sports-ori­ented dy­namic sta­bil­ity sys­tem, VDC-R, is ad­justable through Cir­cuit, Nor­mal and Off set­tings.

The Nis­san GT-R su­per­car has 353kW of twin-turbo V6 power.

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