You can’t compete with the Porsche 911, the ultimate track+road car for the greater part of the last 50 years is showing no sign of giving up its throne anytime soon.However Nissan doesn’t believe this, so for the last 4 years they’ve been working hard making the new Skyline GT-R – the Porsche 911 killer, but have they succeeded?
Drive reports the new GT-R will come in three flavours, which goes a long way to show that Nissan are serious about making the GT-R a 911 killer, although Porsche currently sell 11 different variants of the 911 and the 911 Carerra – this is a good start for Nissan.
The three specifications and their Porsche equivalent:
Despite the naming difference, Nissan don’t have the comfort of using a naturally aspirated engine in the GT-R (to compete with the N/A 911), so all three variants will come with a 3.X-litre V6 a twin-turbocharged (the X is there because no one really knows yet, we expect a 3.8, but it might still be a 3.7).
Reports suggest that the standard GT-R and the V-Spec (which will only differ in equipment level, brakes and possible suspension setup) will have around 360kW of power. For the hardcore Nissan fans, the top of the range GT-R Evolution will have a better tune to the sound of 400kW, which is 100kW more power than the 911 GT3, and only about 8kW less than the Pagani Zonda.
Although 400kW is a lot, power isn’t everything when it comes to a fast car and Porsche’s well balanced, tried and tested setup might still outdo the GT-R around the track. Rumours are that Nissan have bought a few 911 GT3s just for development purposes of the GT-R. Don’t believe us? Watch this video.
There is absolutely no word on pricing yet, however UK websites have put the car (in its standard flavour) at around 65,000 pounds, or roughly $160,000 AUD, which is a lot for a Nissan.
The difference in the three models is a little more noticeable than you might think, the 400kW evolution variant will weight 100kg less than the other two models (as its missing its rear seats – while gaining a CarbonFibre bonnet), however all variants, being a GT-R, will be All-Wheel-Drive.
Even so, given that the GT-Rs have always been a big playstation – there will undoubtedly be lots of settings to fiddle with the power distribution as well as well as suspension and other systems.
Much like the new Lancer Evolution X, the GT-Rs will come with a standard six-speed manual transmission as well as a paddleshift DSG as an option on the V-Spec and most probably the top of the range Evolution.
Nissan Australia is still relatively quiet on its plans, although we suspect they have been begging Tokyo to get their hands on the GT-R. Nissan needs a new Halo car, and we couldn’t think of a car better suited to the job than the new GT-R.
Expect more as time gets closer to the Tokyo Motorshow in October, in the mean time check out this video.