Nissan has announced the full technical specifications for its new 2014 GT-R, and it’s off the scale in terms of supercar performance and real-world practicality.
Often described as the supercar for the PlayStation generation, the GT-R, which is still affectionately referred to as ‘the Skyline’ or as ‘Godzilla’ by its ardent fan base, is a technological marvel.
It’s a car with real luggage space, room for four to just almost sit in something approaching comfort, and is well enough behaved to be used as a daily runaround, or even a family car if your kids are small but have passed the strap-in car seat phase. However, let it off the leash and thanks to a 0 to 62mph time of just 2.7 seconds and a top speed which knocks on the door of 200 mph, it will eat a Porsche 911 for breakfast and an Aston Martin for a snack before finishing off a Ferrari for lunch.
Yet it only has a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 engine. But the engine, which is made in a hermetically sealed production unit to achieve otherwise impossible tolerances and levels of machining accuracy, can produce anything from 530 to 700 horsepower and beyond even if it is officially quoted as producing 545 horsepower.
If that were the scope of the car’s high-tech features, it would still be a very potent vehicle, but the engine’s just the beginning.
A battery of electronic sensors and driver aids monitoring everything from the power going to each wheel, the suspension movement, the way the car’s body rolls and the steering wheel position ensure that whatever the conditions, the driver can plant their right foot firmly into the carpet and there is very little chance that the GT-R will lose grip, pass its limits or end up in an uncontrollable spin.
Adding to this sense of total driving security for the 2014 edition is an even better suspension setup and electronic control of the shock absorber valves so that the car is more comfortable and forgiving when pushed hard. Inside, the cabin gets an update too so that it is more comfortable and the materials chosen for the seats and instrument panels are more like those used by the competition — i.e., Audi, BMW and Porsche.
The 2014 Nissan GT-R, expected to retail for about $99,000 will be available for order in Japan on Dec. 2, following its Tokyo Motor Show debut, and will roll out to international markets over the course of 2014.