2011 Nissan GT-R R35 Road And Track Review

24 Feb 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2011 Nissan GT-R R35 Road And Track Review
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Fuel (claimed): 12.0 l/100km

Economy (tested): Not recorded

it#39;s an over-used word but the one that really captures crushing new GT-R .

Twenty to the day since the release of the legendary the V8-eating R32 series, Nissan has dropped the third evolution of the R35 the Australian market.

Its numbers are 390kW and 612Nm (up 33kW and over the previous model) and in 3.0 seconds neat.

Faster, and slipperier than its predecessors, it … the doors off an M3 and go toe-to-toe a GT3 RS Porsche. It is one hell of a car.

On Australia#39;s invitation, we put its newest through its paces on both and track. Let me tell you brother, the new is a sledgehammer.

Quality: At the wheel it superbly crafted. Leather-stitched and door trims, body-hugging leather seats, stylish and matte-black highlights and control-panel the interior of the GT-R is first

All switchgear falls neatly to (including the retro toggle-style switches and magnesium alloy and there is a quality feel of and solidity throughout.

Comfort: electrically-adjustable front seats, leather front and rear, and suspension settings – #39;comfort#39; to #39;R-mode#39; (race) the GT-R is a comfortable sporting

Rear seats are for kids or short trips only for there, although access is ok.

While it is a mechanical tour-de-force, the is also very well It comes with a seven-inch display with sat-nav, CD compatible), premium Bose system, iPod/USB connection, with 9.3GB of audio and driver-configurable 10-screen data display.

Storage: That big rear offers a very 315 litres of deep and wide – easily enough to golf clubs and holiday

Driveability: On road, the GT-R can be docile. Setting the three-mode to #39;comfort#39; increases initial markedly, softening the damper-tune and a quite reasonable ride.

still firm-ish, but acceptable for commuting and surprisingly good broken secondary roads.

The six-speed transmission also three selectable modes R-Mode and Snow). It#39;s a transmission, and has none of the low-speed or hesitation of some twin-clutch

In all, the GT-R is very to live with, even in traffic (as we encountered), and has few of the compromises normally follow the joys of a supercar.

And fast? It is simply Stamp it for overtaking, and the surge of from those 390kW and simply slams you into the

Its AWD grip around a mountain brilliant chassis balance rear-mounted independent transaxle) and low of gravity, rewrites your school-books. For this driving, it is in league.

Refinement: There may be a beast but there is none of the vibration and you might otherwise expect of a focused track car.

is some tyre roar the Dunlop SP Sport 600 nitrogen-filled tyres on coarse bitumen but it#39;s quiet on the highway and is very low (thanks certainly to a co-efficient of just 0.26 Cd remarkable for a car with such as the GT-R).

Suspension: Up front are wishbones; multi-link at the rear. carbon-fibre strut braces, chassis rigidity and the flexibility of its mode-settings, the GT-R#39;s split works equally well on road and track.

Braking: performance is eye-popping; jumping on the 390mm (front discs) and (rear) will have you you have lassoed a stump.

it into a corner and the superb stability, skid and yaw control, you to wash off masses of speed without incident.

On track: In R-mode, the 2011 launch control will your face. Getting a in around 3.0 seconds is simply a of thumbing the toggle, holding the and burying the shoe. It will hold revs to 4000rpm for seconds, within which you the brake pedal.

The launch is There is a fraction of slip half a turn) to prevent down, then it#39;s being fired from a

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With all three toggles in (dynamic control, transmission and the GT-R is transformed.

Suspension track-hard, the threshold at which the DSC is raised and the six-speed transmission is with lightning fast seconds) shifts.

On the track, it race-car performance out of the box. In a hands it can lap Phillip Island seven or eight seconds of the V8 lap record; even in our ham-fists, its of grip, searing speed and acceleration can make an ordinary a very quick one.

Few cars are so forgiving and allow speed to be carried into and out of a

ANCAP rating: (unrated)

features: Standard safety include four-wheel ABS, brake-force distribution, EBD and dynamic control with traction

There are also driver and passenger dual-stage airbags, sensors and side-impact airbags and curtain airbags.


Warranty: Three years/100,000km.

Nissan#39;s GT-R has special requirements which, due to the high-tech of its mechanical and electronic systems and the servicing and oils required, can be Check with your before purchase.

BMW M3 E92 Coupe – With 309kW and it#39;s well out-gunned by the Also, add dual-clutch, and its $7300 competition package adds $9900, 19-inch alloys, $4000. and so on. But it has the badge.

Porsche 911 997 Series II GT3 ($297,665) With 320kW and 430Nm also well outgunned by the but, crikey, it#39;s a and an analysis of mere numbers not get close to its heart and soul.

GT-R is simply a fabulous If you are a keen driver and can afford the of entry, and the premium servicing it demands a very close

While a weapon on the track, to the flexibility and brilliance of its selectable it is also entirely liveable as transport. It offers compromise for the without compromise for the track.

TMR attended the Australian launch of the Nissan GT-R as a guest of Australia.

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