Performance Redefined: Nissan GTR

Posted by: Shelton Kwan onAugust 20th, 2014

When you throw these 3 personalities into a car comparison discussion, watch out. One car will be slow in a straight line, pissing off the Statistician, but be blazingly quick at the Nurburgring, satisfying the Track Junkie, all while the Purists complain about how boring it is to drive. Most cars will only cater to one of the personality types and, with each personality being very passionate over their beliefs, we end up with a serious war of words over all of them. I will admit, over the last couple of years, I’ve slowly evolved into the Purist [Such a douche -Ed.] and throughout those years I’ve given the Nissan GTR a really tough time.

The Nissan GTR is a bit of an enigma. It’s one of the rare few that satisfies more than one personality traits. It’s nearly untouchable at the Ring, only beat by the million dollar Porsche 918 when counting series production vehicles, solid ground for the Track Junkies. The Statisticians are happy too, with 600hp, 0-60 times in the 2’s, and skidpad numbers over 1g as their ammo. That leaves the Purists like myself whining about the car feeling like a video game. It’s not really fair to the GTR, nor is it a fair fight in an argument, being outnumbered 2 to 1.

Egos and personalities aside, the GTR is an amazing car. I once was a Track Junkie, and if the GTR was in my hands back then, I would be the ultimate fanboy. In fact, I still have owning an R32 GT-R on my bucket list. Sure the computers do a lot of the work, rookie drivers are able to hit 80% of the performance envelope at the track, but in the hands of experienced drivers, there’s no debate; the GTR is blisteringly quick. Actually, that’s an understatement, it’s damn near unbeatable. Just like the previous Skyline GTR’s, its sole purpose is to destroy all competitors that try on a racetrack. So much so that previous generation GTRs were banned from racing for winning too much.

Nick’s (shadowz) GTR featured here is a 2009 model that he purchased last year. Nick is no stranger to the car scene, his previous cars, such as his J’s Racing S2000, were celebrities in their own right in our city. While the S2000 focused primarily on aesthetics, his GTR has taken a bit of a different path, with only a carbon diffuser and wing the only noticeable changes seen from the outside. Under the hood, the entire exhaust system from the downpipes have been replaced, both ECU and TCU flashed, KW coilovers lowering ride height, and Advan GT wheels wrapped with 285 and 335 Pilot Super Sports for increased grip and traction, as well as a menacing stance.

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