Nissan has always prided itself in innovation, and in recent years, they have indeed shown that they are serious in improving their vehicles and introducing new things to their target market. If you’ve been paying attention, then you would have noticed how the company has been launching one new vehicle (or a new version of an existing model) after another during these past few years. Well, it certainly looks like they have no plans of stopping.
A Showstopper at PIMS 2016
During the 2016 Philippine International Motoring Show (PIMS), Nissan Philippines showcased the 2017 Nissan GT-R, which is given a well-deserved “Godzilla” moniker. The design and engineering of the vehicle definitely makes it a monster of a car. And while this model has been around for some time, this is the first time it is actually introduced to the Philippine market. So, Filipino car and racing enthusiasts, rejoice! Godzilla is here!
The estimated price: A hefty PHP 7.35 million.
Is it worth that price? Let’s see…
The new GT-R is not designed according to the demands of aerodynamics. Rather, it is designed to sculpt the air according to its needs. The makers extended that car’s rear fascia at the sides so that air is pushed away from the back of the bumper, thereby helping cool the exhaust. The side skirts and C-Pillar have also been redesigned and refined so as to keep air away from the underside of the vehicle and reduce turbulence.
Furthermore, there are larger grille openings at the front to let more cool air enter key components of the vehicle. And the new shape of the front fascia directs the air in such a way that drag is significantly reduced. When you drive this vehicle, you really need to be prepared for the attention it is sure to draw.
And as the onlookers marvel at the car’s amazing exterior, you will be sure to fall in love with its equally breathtaking interior. It has semi-aniline leather appointments on the door panels, center console, the shift lever, and the seats. You will also notice that the attention to detail where the air vents and switches are concerned is almost obsessive.
Who wouldn’t appreciate the fact that every single GT-R engine (a 570-horsepower, 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 engine) is hand-assembled by one of five master craftsmen and carries the name and signature of that craftsman on a plaque? These craftsmen are known as Takumi, and true to the spirit of the Takumi, they think of the mind, body, and spirit of those who will someday use their products while they are creating said product. This is the part of Japanese tradition that injects humanity in the Nissan GT-R.
It is also worth noting that the engines are assembled in a clean room that’s dust-free and temperature-controlled, much like the clean rooms used for assembling Formula One racing engines. Top development drivers were then brought together to test the vehicle and make sure that when it is finally launched, it will excel in any track, regardless of the weather, and no matter what level the driver is.
The engine and transmission were repositioned farther back so as to lessen the weight at the front of the car. This is said to have a notably positive effect on the handling, cooling, barking, and traction of the car. The car also features an electronically-controlled all-wheel drive system, which maximizes the driver’s control over the car by evenly distributing power among the four wheels; the driver may also send all power to the rear wheels to get more of a racecar feel.
The new Nissan GT-R is indeed a pricey toy for the big boys. What it means to sports car enthusiasts is perhaps equivalent to what the latest iPhone means to the gadget-crazy. The answer to the question of whether it is worth its hefty price tag depends on how much of a sports car addict you are. For the average car buyer, it probably isn’t worth the time. But for the true enthusiast, it certainly is worth a closer look.
It is definitely a standout when it comes to design, and the technology of the 2017 GT-R isn’t something to scoff at, either. If you’re interested in giving it a closer look and perhaps adding it to your car collection, you’d want to find the nearest Autohub Group because their Nissan dealership is the exclusive GT-R badge representative in the country. The vehicle is available in Gun Metallic, Katsura Orange, Pearl Blue, Pearl White, Ultimate Silver, and Vibrant Red.