Nissan GT-R: 7 Fun Facts

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Known as one of the fastest cars in the world, with a killer anime-inspired look and many high-performance features not found in your average fammily sedan, Nissan GT-R is a truly unique vehicle. Even better, it costs less than an equivalent sports car. Here are 7 interesting facts about GT-R:

1. Each Nissan GT-R engine is hand built and assembled

Nissan GT-R engine
Photo credit: MIKI Yoshihito CC BY 2.0

Despite being one of the most technologically advanced production cars in the world, each of the GT-R’s 3.8-liter V6 twin-turbo engine is built and assembled entirely by hand by one of Nissan’s four craftsmen called Takumi. To make sure that there is no contamination, the engine is assembled in a temperature-controlled room at Nissan’s Yokohama plant. Each GT-R also has a custom-made gearbox to match the engine.

2. One of the world’s fastest accelerating production four-seater

The Nissan GT-R can accelerate from 0-60 in just 2.8seconds, placing it alongside hypercar royalty such as the Porsche 911 and Lamborghini Aventador.

3. The GT-R first debuted in late 50s

The GT-R was first introduced in 1957 and was called the Skyline GT-R. The Skyline cars were not made under the Nissan name, but under a company called Prince Motors. Later the company was taken over by Datsun which launched the Skyline GT-R in 1969. Later Datsun changed its name to Nissan.

4. It has the coolest nickname ever – Godzila

The formidable technology and performance of the R32 GT-R prompted the Australian motoring publication Wheels to nickname the GT-R “Godzilla” in its July 1989 edition.

5. The GT-R’s high-tech multipurpose display was created by the same programmers who did the “Grand Turismo” video game

Nissan GT-R multifunction display
Photo credit: MIKI Yoshihito CC BY 2.0

The instrument display that you see on the GT-R has been designed by the the people at Polyphony Digital, something that has never been done before!

6. The design of the GT-R is quite a cultural alliance

Red Nissan GT-R

Nissan’s American designers sculpted the rear three quarters of the vehicle, while their European designers sculpted the roofline.

7. Nissan GT-R in movies

The GT-R has been featured in several popular Hollywood movies, including the “Fast and Furious” series. In fact it was a favorite of Brian O’Conner, the character played by late Paul Walker in the film.