The Limited-Edition Godzilla – “45th Anniversary” Nissan GT-R
Nissan GT-R was born as Skyline in 1969 to 1973, a company Prince Motor Corporation that used to make aircraft for Japan’s Imperial Air Force back in WWII was delegated by then Datsun-Nissan to produce it’s bigger premium cars like Skyline and then Gloria sedans. Prince Motor Corporation was then effectively merged into Nissan later. However, it then went to into sleep mode for almost 16 years and then as if was resurrected back in 1989 as Skyline GT-R as a performance product equipped with most modern-futuristic arsenal of technologies like: ATTESA E-TS 4WD system and the Super-HICAS four-wheel steering. The technology almost got synonymous with Japanese youth wearing Casio G-Shock! The 4WD system combined with 4WS gave way to street drifting and then all Skyline GT-R needed was drivers fueled with passion. The rest is history, A Godzilla was born, The third-gen R32!
The Skyline GT-R (R32) seen the glowing heydays till 2002 and that ended the production of the superb, Fifth-Gen R34. Even though R34 was sold in select markets including Europe and never went to America. The popularity of Godzilla around the world was similar to an iconic underground rock band. After the production ceased for Skyline GT-R R34, the remaining used cars were revered and were gray imports on many European and US shores.
Shiro Nakamura, the present day father of GT-R, dreamed of car capable of defying the laws of physics. He was commissioned to design the all-new GT-R. Hence a prototype was made in the early years and was unveiled at Tokyo motor show in 2001. The prototype was quite a banal looking thing, perhaps a lump of clay that had car-like cues, Furthermore, a very close to the production car, the new GT-R concept was revealed in 2005 Tokyo motor show.
In 2007, the all-new Nissan GT-R was born. A car that sets the new benchmarks. Rewrote the laws of physics again for the 22nd century. Pages that contained the record-breaking times were torn and thrown away.This time it wasn’t for the Japan-Domestic-Model (JDM), it was made to conquer the world. It’s a proud Japan’s answer to Supercars of the world! The car was fitted with 3.8L VR38DETT twin-turbo V6 paired with 6-speed semi-automatic dual clutch transmission, A very highly qualified dedicated engineers (Takumi) team assembled the engine. Hence, only one Takumi, one engine. With 473 Bhp, Owners argued that there’s a possibility that their car developing beyond 500 Bhp depending upon how much of a soul a Takumi blew in the engine!
“During testing in 2007, the all-new GT-R created a sensation when it posted an official 7-minute, 38.5-second lap – the fastest lap ever for a production car. But for team GT-R, it was just the beginning. In 2009, the GT-R sent another shock wave through the performance world with an unofficial time of 7 minutes, 26.7 seconds. Why stop at just one lap? In May 2012, the GT-R returned to the Nurburgring to compete in a grueling 24-hour race. Against full-on race cars, the stock production GT-R took incredible punishment, and was able not only to finish – it was first in class. Driven to constantly improve, on September 30, 2013, the all-new 2014 GT-R Nismo with the Nismo N Attack Package took to the Nurburgring, and ran an incredible 7:08.679, making it – once again – the fastest volume production car in the world. We cheered. We celebrated. And and then we went back to work. Because where others see a finish line, we just see the start of the next lap.”
During the course of time Nissan has carefully presented few performance variants to inspire it’s worldwide die-hard fans. A different horse for the different course.
- In 2009, A limited-production Nissan GTR SpecV was introduced for select customers who frequents to race tracks on the weekends. It was JDM car and sold from seven select dealers through-out Japan with specially trained engineers.
- 2011, Nissan launched a racing circuit use-only “Club Track” edition of the R35 GT-R and an ultra-exclusive “EGOIST” version. The version is custom-ordered according to the desires of each individual customer.
- 2012, Black Edition was introduced producing the current 545 Bhp with 463 lb-ft of torque as in the Premium model, however Black Edition comes with Rays super light-weight wheels.
- 2014, NISMO edition was launched with limited availability. A NISMO tuned 3.8-liter V6 engine packing 600 bhp and 481 lb-ft of torque, The spec-sheet also reads: NISMO tuned suspension and NISMO Black 20″ super-lightweight RAYS forged-alloy wheels.
All-New 2015, 45th Anniversary GT-R This is the perhaps the most short-written Press Release I’ve seen, not because there’s nothing, but put it simply this way “words can’t describe” beyond the above mentioned success stories already etched in gold on the tablets!
Dubai, UAE (December 10, 2014) – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. announced that the Limited-Edition “45th Anniversary” Nissan GT-R will go on sale in early February, in conjunction with the release of the 2015 model year GT-R.
Since its release in 2007, the Nissan GT-R has been recognized as the world’s foremost high performance super sports car, which embodies Nissan’s commitment to “innovation that excites” like no other.
The GT-R’s legacy continues as the ultimate “GT” (Grand Tourer), armed with a comfortable ride, a high level of refinement and benchmark fit and finish; while its world-class high performance embodies the “R” in its name (Racing technology). Thus, its “multi performance” character allows the driver to enjoy the full depths of the GT-R’s capabilities, whether navigating corners of a winding mountain road, simply cruising on the open highway or even running errands on neighborhood streets.
Based on the 2015 Nissan GT-R, which features ride quality that has been specially tuned to exhibit a more mature, better refined feel than its predecessors, the “45th Anniversary” will come with a special paint color, “Silica Brass” – the same trademark color as the Skyline GT-R M-Spec (R34 Type), which was touted as the “a GT-R that satisfies the mature driver” when it was released in 2001. The Limited-Edition 45th Anniversary GT-R, available only in the Premium Edition trim level, will feature an exclusive emblem on the lower part of the interior center cluster and an exclusive model plate number in the engine compartment.
Nissan will be accepting orders from the region for the Limited-Edition 45th Anniversary model on a first-come, first-serve basis, starting in early January. Nissan has registered a substantial sales increase of more than 70% for the MY14 GT-R in the period from April to October 2014 versus the same period last year.
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