‘Godzilla’ gets an up­grade

Ride and han­dling im­prove­ments to the Nis­san GT-R, with ex­tra fo­cus on com­fort

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THE all-con­quer­ing Nis­san GT-R, which re­mains one of the most strik­ing su­per­cars on the planet, has re­ceived a num­ber of im­por­tant han­dling, in­te­rior and ex­te­rior en­hance­ments for 2015.

Aimed at im­prov­ing the al­ready renowned GT-R driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, the 2015 up­grades un­der­line GT-R’s leg­endary po­si­tion in the up­per ech­e­lons of the su­per sports car seg­ment.

Achiev­ing a height­ened sense of pre­mium sports per­for­mance, the most no­table changes im­prove GT-R’s ride and han­dling, with com­fort play­ing an even greater role than be­fore.

A more ma­ture sus­pen­sion setup — which is still a dou­ble wish­bone de­sign up front and a mul­tilink sys­tem at the rear — al­lows for im­proved ride com­fort, han­dling and sta­bil­ity.

Noise, vi­bra­tion and harsh­ness (NVH) lev­els have been re­duced thanks to im­proved trans­mis­sion noise and shock re­duc­tion, with brake noise re­duced as well for an over­all more pleas­ant drive. Brak­ing abil­ity — which is pow­ered by a revered two-piece float­ing-ro­tor Brembo 4-disc sys­tem — has also been en­hanced.

Com­plet­ing the list of im­prove­ments, a new multi-spoke wheel de­sign is now avail­able for the GT-R Pre­mium Edi­tion.

“What is most im­por­tant to note is that the price in­crease on 2015 Nis­san GT-R de­riv­a­tives has been capped at a mere one per­cent,” com­ments Kon­stantin von Vieregge, gen­eral manager prod­uct plan­ning at Nis­san South Africa.

“This means a min­i­mal in­crease of just R15 000 to all mod­els, of­fer­ing the 2015 mod­i­fi­ca­tions at ex­cep­tional value.”

The Nis­san GT-R main­tains its 3,8-litre tur­bocharged V6 en­gine as stan­dard, which, thanks to its 397 kW and 628 Nm, is still good for a blis­ter­ing 0-100 km/h sprint of just 2,9 sec­onds and a top speed of 315 km/h.

Power is trans­ferred to all four wheels via Nis­san’s ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive sys­tem linked in a transaxle de­sign to a six-speed dual-clutch au­to­matic trans­mis­sion at the rear and a high-per­for­mance me­chan­i­cal limited-slip dif­fer­en­tial. — Sup­plied.

Pric­ing

R1 490 000 — GT-R Pre­mium Edi­tion

R1 541 000 — GT-R Pre­mium Edi­tion (red in­te­rior)

R1 542 000 — GT-R Black Edi­tion

PHOTO: QUICK­PIC

The view most of us get to see of Godzilla, aka the Nis­san GT-R, now comes as ‘a min­i­mal in­crease of just R15 000 to all mod­els’.

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