SIB­LING RI­VALRY: GODZILLA GOES TO GINZA

The stylish glitz of a 2018 In­finiti Q60 Red Sport 400 meets the brutish blitz of a 2008 Nis­san GT-R in a white-knuckle en­counter.

Torque (Singapore) - - CONTENTS - • Story David Ting • Photos Gong Yimin

The stylish glitz of a 2018 In­finiti Q60 Red Sport 400 meets the brutish blitz of a 2008 Nis­san GT-R in a white-knuckle en­counter.

THE only Nis­san that com­mands the re­spect of La­tio own­ers and Lambo own­ers alike is the R35 GT-R, new-era Godzilla of high-per­for­mance coupes since 2007 when the 3.8-litre mon­ster made its de­but at the Tokyo Mo­tor Show.

Not even a Ja­panese Fair­lady Z who’s a smok­ing hot race queen on track-day week­ends can hold a can­dle/cylin­der

to Nis­san’s great­est hit.

But there were two spec­tac­u­lar dis­trac­tions in the past decade, which over­shad­owed the GT-R in the hearts of 100-oc­tane petrol­heads weaned on Plays­ta­tion’s Gran Turismo – the 2010 Lexus LFA and the 2016 Honda NSX. How­ever, the GT-R re­mained un­beat­able in terms of bang for the yen, be­cause the LFA cost four times more and the NSX cost twice as much, but nei­ther speed­ster from the Land of the Ris­ing Fun of­fered a lot higher horse­power per litre (552hp from the Lexus’ 4.8-litre nat­u­rally aspirated V10 and 573hp from the Honda’s 3.5-litre tur­bocharged hy­brid V6), sig­nif­i­cantly su­pe­rior tech­nol­ogy and far more ex­otic engi­neer­ing.

Ten years ago, the GT-R’s bang for the yen and equiv­a­lent Sing­dol­lar was so fan­tas­tic that it sold like hot rice cakes in Sin­ga­pore. Par­al­lel im­porters de­liv­ered close to 200 new GT-Rs in 2008, at $250k-$270k apiece (depend­ing on the dealer, deal, edi­tion and equip­ment). Suzuki sold roughly the same num­ber of sub-$60k manual

THE Q60 BURNS YOUR DRIV­ING LI­CENCE LIKE A DESIGNER ZIPPO, WHEREAS THE GT-R BURNS IT LIKE AN INDUSTRIAL BLOWTORCH.

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