GTR – Victory of the ultimate Shogun

 

The Nissan Skyline GTR has been one of the top line Japanese performance cars for many years. However their engineering experts still can’t match their ultimate rival the Porsche 911 turbo. This had been going for many years up until 2008 where Nissan had came out with a super car that tops the 911 turbo after 10 odd years, the Nissan GTR. The GTR is now a new breed in their line of cars and the Skyline GTR R34 is the last of its kind. With its V6 twin turbo under this monster, it’s sure to be a 911 killer in the future. 

 

The first time I laid my eyes on this GTR I fell in love with it (well the Silvia is still my first loveJ). This car can really turn heads, with its sleek design, which I think it’s a perfect design. At first glance it looks like an improved design of the new 350Z with 2 round backlights. 

 

Although Japanese cars are sometimes being called as a “plastic toy car”, I would say they have come out with a great toy car. The price tag for this GTR is pretty steep in where I come from (RM720, 000 equivalent to around 215,000 USD (well thanks to our government in imposing the 300% tax on imported cars. The 911 turbo was around since 1964 and they did not do much on the design, however it still looks great. Haven’t driven one yet but looking at it makes my heart melt. I have actually spoken to a 911-turbo owner before when I was in Adelaide and I had an argument with him on the design of the nine eleven, which I told him “it looks the same after so many years!” He silent me by replying, “Why change a design that still fits the new millennia?” This statement was true and I agree with in some way. I feel that it’s the trademark of the Porsche with the frogeyes and all (its taken from the Volkswagen Beetle) and changing it will be a lost to their greasy fans.

 

By owning a fast car, you would want to move forward as fast as possible and of course with great handling. So although Porsche had done a great job in evolving the Beetle, I feel they should come out with something new. Don’t get me wrong, the 911 turbo is a great car but for younger generation minds it doesn’t fit in. My dads friend had all the money in the world and could afford a nine eleven anytime but he bought a Nissan GTR instead, at the age of 60+.

 

Most of the Japanese cars does not pay any attention to the their interior. I own a Nissan 1997 Altima (U13/Bluebird) and to my surprise, it looks similar to the Nissan Skyline R33 GTR. I guess they have spent so much time on the outside and they have forgotten about the inside. I always liked the interior of the Porsche, with the great leather finishing and all. However all has changed in time and the all-new GTR’s interior is stunning. These are the changes I was talking about in the car! Guess what? The dashboard design was actually created by the Grand Tourismo team (Grand Tourismo is a famous driving simulator game available on the PS3).

 

I hope I can get to drive this mechanical marvel soon. And guys feel free to comment.   

 

Engine: V6 twin turbo

Horse power: 437bhp (3.7 litres)

Transmission: Six speed dual clutch 

 

About the Author

When I was a little younger, I never had the interest in cars at all. Somehow it picked it up when I was in high school and oh yeah did I mention my dad and brother loves cars as well? I am more of a Japanese Car lover then any other car but don’t get me wrong I like the rest as well. Let’s just say that Jap cars are the first on my list. Drifting, racing circuits and rallying, these are the thing that I love to do but I can’t! Well let’s just say I don’t have the skills for these kind of things. So the only thing I do is occasionally drive fast on the road when I am provoked by a much slower car or in par. "All you need to see is my tail light" turboturtle

One Response to “ GTR – Victory of the ultimate Shogun ”

  1. I’ve seen a couple on the road already…..very very fierce lookin car !!!!

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