Nissan GT-RCredit: Wikimedia Commons

You may be a big fan of exotic cars. Some cars that must instantly come to mind are typically Italian, British or German supercars. There is another country that also build them, and it is Japan. Between 1969 and 1974, the Japanese built an automobile called the Nissan Skyline GT-R. It resumed production once again from 1989 to 2002.

The car was an immense success for Nissan and gained much fame on the road and track. By 2007, Nissan needed a new car to replace the successful Nissan Skyline GT-R. Nissan decided to have Shiro Nakamura, Nissan's chief creative officer, design this new vehicle.

GT-RCredit: Wikimedia Commons

The Nissan GT-R, like the later models of the Skyline GT-R, also has four-wheel-drive and a twin-turbo charged V6 engine. This six cylinder engine can create a staggering 485 horsepower. Mind you, this is the same amount of horsepower that a naturally aspirated Lamborghini V12 engine produces. The vehicle also has parts manufactured by companies such as Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries (IHI), BorgWarner, and Aichi Machine Industry. The vehicle was given the nickname “Godzilla” by many of its closest admirers.

Shiro Nakamura made sure that when designing the vehicle that he did not attempt to copy European designed vehicles. He feels that the GT-R specifically has a Japanese look to it and the car closely resembles Japanese culture.

GT-RCredit: Wikimedia Commons

Typically a GT-R can cost around $90,000. Some other versions of the vehicle can cost more and can include features such as a rear spoiler, LED lights, flush-mounted aluminum door handles, carbon fiber air inlets, and exhaust outlets with polished tips.

There are some other models of the GT-R which can cost around $150,000. These vehicles tend to be upgraded versions of the car and have even more horsepower packed into them. The  GT-R Nismo GT3 has a twin-turbocharged V6 engine that displaces 3,799 cc and produces 600 horsepower.

Nissan states the GT-R can reach a top speed of 193 m.p.h. This is a speed which definitely allows the GT-R to compete with some of the most well known supercars of today.[1]

GT-RCredit: Wikimedia Commons

In 2007, the Nissan GT-R received the Sports Car of the Year Award from Top Gear. In 2010, Yahoo! listed the GT-R as being one of the vehicles with the best resale value of any sports car. Although the Nissan GT-R may not look like a Ferrari or a Bugatti, it is clearly one of the greatest Japanese vehicles ever made. Furthermore, it can compete on the same level as virtually any European supercar. So, from now on, when you are driving around and you happen to see a GT-R, you should realize that Japanese automobiles are not just “regular vehicles” but can also be supercars.


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