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This is how the Nissan R35 GT-R humbled the world’s best supercars

Silver 2008 Nissan GT-R

Humiliation: That’s what the Nissan GT-R signed to the Japanese gods the day it took over the world. This one Nissan wasn’t afraid to return to supercarring despite not being there for a while. The R35 GT-R has been targeting other supercars for over 10 years.

But despite the ever-changing demands and the different supercars that set lap times, the R35 GT-R is a supercar that has evolved like fine wine, with gradual price increases, styling tweaks, power and whatnot. It has reigned supreme among the best cars in its class – and we’re talking Lamborghini, Ferraris and Porsches. It has endured everything from the available grip to acceleration and traction.

The spirited 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 was sprinkled with pixie dust before finding its way under the hood of the Godzilla. As the years passed and the competing supercars became more ruthless, the GT-R began to lose its lead. Buying one of these used GT-Rs isn’t cheap as prices have gone up, but for anyone looking to put others to shame supercars in a straight line, theR35 GT-R is the ultimate supercar you can buy.

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Nissan R35 GT-R was born to conquer the world

When we think about it, we can’t imagine that this is the same automaker that produces the humble Leaf. It’s funny, but flattering at the same time. Despite being a Nissan, the R35 GT-R can be found on walls all over the world as a poster car. When it was introduced in 2008, it surpassed all the hype surrounding it.

It may have been Japanese, but this was no Datsun; this was the flagship of nissan that was about to conquer the world. The Nissan R35 GT-R was a technological marvel, bursting with electronic wizardry – and it was all done with one goal: to create the fastest accelerating production car in the world.

The fact that it would sprint from 0-60mph in just 2.7 seconds meant that this was no ordinary Nissan Altima. Nissan made sure to incorporate motorsport-developed technology into the GT-R so that it could provide incredible grip and handling that would make a Porsche 911 Turbo S not to be missed.

Nissan R35 GT-R looks stealthy and desirable

Even after all these years, the R35 GT-R still looks beautiful and unmistakably Japanese. There’s only muscle where it’s needed, and there are lots of edgy bits and sharp lines that make the car’s character stand out, even in a color like silver. Like any other supercar, it sits low to the ground.

Nissan wanted to push their baby to the limit and they went above and beyond to make a fast car look fast. It was also one of the easier cars to get in and out of, as the intention was to make it extreme, but also practical – and they hadn’t forgotten how crucial visibility is from the driver’s seat. There isn’t a single design element that screams American, British, or Italian, yet customers preferred it over the others.

The sleek shape of the Nissan R35 GT-R was dream material

We still remember the itch to get it through our PlayStations and Xbox game consoles. There’s no elegance in the car – and thank goodness for that, because we’ve seen enough of it at Aston Martins. The whole silhouette is so smooth that you want to slide your fingers over it. The attitude is undoubtedly that of a supercar, but not annoyingly low-slung.

The air intakes in the side front fenders help direct air to the engine. There has to be a balance between design and engineering, and the R35 GT-R passed with flying colors. Good downforce is as necessary as salt in a curry, which is why the car is so stable at high speeds.

The cockpit of the Nissan R35 GT-R

The cockpit is more functional than stylish, but we’re not complaining. There is nothing inside that was shared with another Nissan; the instruments are large, simple and clear. The next GT-R is very unlikely to have analog dials in the bezels, along with a tachometer showing a 7,000rpm red line.

The detailed logbook on the multifunction display shows you your speed, g-force, fuel consumption and more. Information is also sent from the mechanics, telling you the turbo boost, transmission oil level, water and oil pressures, brake and acceleration pressures, and the list goes on. There is a red start button, leather gear stick and paddles behind the wheel.

At this point Nissan became superior because they started using technologies seen in Formula 1 cars and a few other supercars, because people still hadn’t gotten over the manual transmission back then. Therefore, the 997 911 Turbo S was offered with an optional manual’ box. The GT-R’s handlebars are small and finished in soft, hand-stitched leather.


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Humiliating other supercars was the legacy of the “GT-R”

The 3.8-liter V6 twin-turbocharged engine delivers 458 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque, all of which is sent to all four wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. These were some of the key ingredients that helped him keep Lambos, Ferraris, Porsches, M-Powered BMWs, AMGs, and all sorts of other cars in his rearview mirror.

There’s evidence that the GT-R is the king of straight lines on the internet – and that’s what the Nissan did to us. It’s made us curious and awestruck at what it’s capable of – and this isn’t just the 2008 model, but those that followed with multiple improvements that only made it faster.

Source: Nissan