Nissan GT-R A enlightening tryst with a Japanese supercar. Hey, it’s the GT-R!
T he stars must have aligned for us when we started putting this ‘Road Heroes’ Issue together. With this totally wild lineup, the cherry on top of the high-horsepower cake has to be the Nissan GT-R. It’s the last car we got to drive before putting this issue to bed, and it really gives us a totally different idea of what supercars are all about.
Priced at a cool P7.35 million, the GT-R undercuts Italian and German supercars by a few million bucks. In fact, you can score a GT-R for less than half the asking price of a Ferrari or Lamborghini, but still get the same kind of mind-blowing performance. The best part is that you can walk into select Nissan dealerships and drive one home. With the demand for the car on the rise, however, there’s a bit of a waiting list.
This is my first experience holding the steering wheel of the GT-R, but I’m well aware of the badge’s storied past. A visit to the Zama Nissan Heritage Garage a few years back even brought me up close and personal with the very droolworthy early ‘Hakosukas.’ The drift scene here also has its share of graymarket Skylines that compete and do really well. Plus, we know of the success of the GT-R badge in Japanese and Australian touring-car race series.
Before the test drive, there were a lot of preconceived notions. Fans call this car the most awesome thing since sliced bread, while its critics say it’s a heavy machine with a host of electronic nannies that isolate the pilot from a real driving experience. Well, when the time came to find out what the real deal was, let’s just say that I wasn’t disappointed.
It’s a very sophisticated car, that’s for sure, with a slew of buttons to press and various display settings to choose from. Because I only had the GT-R for one night, I couldn’t play with everything. So, instead of giving you a rundown of all the features like a brochure would, let me just tell you what it’s like with all the toggle switches for the suspension, transmission, and Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) set to ‘R-Mode.’ In this guise, the transmission shifts at its quickest; the suspension is at its stiffest; and VDC is primed for enthusiastic
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