Yes, it lives up to all the hype.
The Nissan GT-R which is coming to North America next year is a world-class supercar: Top speed of 193 mph, 0-60 in 3.5 seconds, a 473 hp, 433 lb ft twin-turbo V6 mounted in the front and driving all four wheels through a rear-mounted transaxle. Take a breath. Okay, continue. And a dual-clutch six-speed automatic you can operate via paddles on the steering wheel.
Nissan is releasing formal details about the car this week at the Tokyo Motor Show. But after a full day driving it on the Nurburgring, the Autobahn and up and over numerous little German country roads we can easily say this is one car that was not over hyped. It is truly a world-class supercar on par with, if not just ahead of, the iconic Porsche Turbo.
Chief engineer Kazutoshi Mizuno said the new GT-R was designed and engineered as an all-around, all-season, all-weather car that is comfortable to drive every day, even at normal speeds on a normal day.
During the few minutes we drove at what could be called a normal pace that day wed have to say we agree with him. But given only a few hours at the wheel of this, the most highly anticipated supercar in years, we were only in normal mode for very brief spurts. The rest of the time we were at some level between pushing it and hammering it.
The GT-R will be priced somewhere in the low-$70,000 range, which does make it perhaps the best cost per lap. Well know for sure when it enters U.S. showrooms in May or June. Japan will get first crack at it, we get second and the Europeans, who did such a great job of getting out of our way during our Autobahn drive, will have to get it third.
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