April 30, 2013 9:38 PM |
Posted By: David_Yu
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Is the GT-R a supercar?
That’s a question that crops up occasionally in my mind as I get invited to participate in yet another supercar event. Of course that should in itself, answer the question, because if it wasn’t, I wouldn’t be asked to bring Stealthzilla to such events.
On the other side of the coin, sit “badge snobs” who automatically dismiss the GT-R simply for being a Nissan and therefore by default, incapable of being a supercar.
Personally, I’m torn. Having owned some bona fide supercars, I have to admit my definition tends towards the mid-engined, 2 seater with outrageous looks, performance and noise. One that is impractical, “exotic” and definitely not designed for everyday use.
And yet… Every time I drive Stealthzilla, I still get that tingle I used to get when firing up my F355 Spider. Or my F430 Spider. It helps that despite it being capable of being an everyday car, my GT-R is only reeled out occasionally and always for fun.
It has to be said that the standard item is far too quiet and the interior arguably too bland to engender any sense of occasion, but that is exactly why I’ve modified mine to suit. As for the looks; although chunky Godzilla lacks the low, svelte appeal of a Ferrari 458 Italia, it does have massive presence and still attracts an almost-embarrassing amount of attention on every outing. And even four years later, I still love the planar surface details, particularly when supernaturally highlighted by the matte clear wrap and of course as Captain Solo said, “I’ve made a lot of special modifications myself”…
Obviously, when it comes to performance, even the most ardent traditional supercar fan will grudgingly admit that the GT-R, particularly a lightly modified one like Stealthzilla, will match or beat anything this side of a £270,000 Aventador in a straight line, and positively eat them for breakfast around a circuit with corners.
There is something deeply, satisfyingly amusing about being able to do that in a car coming from a humble badge, that can seat four with luggage and be amongst the safest cars on the road in all weather conditions. Whether or not it fits your personal definition of a supercar, there is no denying the GT-R is a super car.
Pics taken at the Dodgeball Rally preview event at the Rizonjet hangar, Biggin Hill.
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