Nissan GT-R Becomes Reality
Ever been driving around in Gran Turismo in one of those pseudo-fantasy cars, just wishing the thing would magically become real? Well, it has finally happened: Nissan is turning the GT-R into a very impressive reality.
Originally part of the Nissan Skyline lineup and sold exclusively in Japan, the original dominated the racetrack and eventually found its way into several Gran Turismo installments. But Nissan wanted this new super-car to be bigger and badder than almost anything out there, and they wanted to bring it to real-life roads. Therefore, they dropped the Skyline name and gave it the title we find in the GT games: the Nissan GT-R.
"Our objective was to develop a new type of supercar," says chief engineer Kazutoshi Mizuno, of the GT-R. Yeah, well, they did it. This bad boy packs 480 horsepower into a VR38 twin-turbo, 3.8L V6, which allows the car to rocket from 0-100 km/h in an astounding 3.6 seconds and gives it a top speed of over 300 km/h (about 190MPH). Nissan even looked to the PlayStation design to assist in creating the graphics in the multifunction display that provides engine operation readouts, and that includes driving performance data.
For now, it's scheduled to arrive in Canada some time next June, with a price tag of $82,000. Considering the performance you get, that's actually a surprisingly good price, so if you can swing it, this one's gonna come highly recommended from the experts. How often can we say that a video game delivered such a bad-ass product to the market? Seriously?
12/23/2007 Ben Dutka