Nis­san GT-R

Nis­san GT-R A en­light­en­ing tryst with a Ja­panese su­per­car. Hey, it’s the GT-R!

Top Gear (Philippines) - - Contents - Words by Paulo Rafael Su­bido Photography by Vin­cent Coscol­luela

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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