Nissan’s gutsy Black Edition is hottest off the blocks

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Nissan’s gutsy Black is hottest off the blocks

Nissan Black Edition

Price (excluding on-road costs)

3.8-litre, twin turbo V6

Power/torque 404 kW/628 Nm

Fuel (combined cycle) 11.7 km

C0 2 278 grams per kilometre

So what the prize as the fastest-accelerating road car for this column this

Could it be the Ferrari F12, or the new version of the Audi R8 V10? Or the lightweight Lotus Exige V6, or the Bentley Continental GT Speed?

No? we’ve looked at the new Jaguar supercharged V8, the Aston V12, or with a Maserati badge?

no. If you accept the official figures our drag-strip has been out of service past few months it was none of the exotics.

It was a Nissan.

How so? Well, way above the regular Nissan and even above anything an Infiniti badge is a stunningly race car for the street, known as the

It evolved from a humble and, over the past 25 the folks at Nissan have adding kilowatts. The performance for today’s all-wheel drive, effort is an outrageous 2.7 seconds rest to 100 km/h, said to been achieved under conditions at Japan’s Sendai Raceway.

To assist, the GT-R are knurled to stop slippage wheel and tyre. And for the test undoubtedly chose the perfect atmospheric pressure, and road

Still, Porsche would been just as meticulous setting a time for the fastest of its 911 Turbo S. Its claim is 3.1 seconds, and the S is a $440,000-plus proposition.

The Nissan even in its dearest form the Edition, as driven here is a $182,500 (plus on-road

It is a very different car of course, but if is your No. 1 priority, it has to a look-in.

Riding on 20-inch black wheels and with a big carbon-fibre on its tail, the Black Edition an $11,700 premium over the model, though is mechanically

Our car’s body colour was in with its name, but five colours are rather confusingly on the Nissan Black Edition.

The twin-turbo V6 makes 404 kW and an exceptional 628 Nm, a torque figure it can sustain 3200rpm right through to The still very fast incarnation had 390 kW and 612 Nm.

There’s full-time, drive (though no longer steering) and the software can push as as 100 per cent of the drive to the rear, and up to 50 per to the front, depending on conditions.

The is a six-speed automated manual three driver-selectable modes. The is adaptable and adjustable, and so is most else.

Fascinating but not a beauty

Sorry to so many details at you, but the is an exercise in cramming in as much as can be fitted within those exterior lines.

Jaguar Ian Callum is a fan of the shape, calling it anti-style in a way . . . it’s not a beautiful car but it’s fascinating to at.”

It’s a fair bet no other Nissan has such a fan club among the young (or else, to be frank), nor is any likely to as many people to whip out camera phones.

Mind I noticed only one Nissan inside or out: the chrome on the boot lid. The real is GT-R, and the Godzilla nickname by our very own Wheels magazine) is now internationally.

Inside, revamped and a very fetching two-tone treatment are the main interior

The dashboard is a little softer and attractive than what has before, with fewer borrowings from lesser The equipment level is relatively with a Bose sound a hard-drive for music, electric and a new and much-needed reversing camera.

The coupe body provides of space up front but very leg-room in the rear.

It could be a two-plus-two at best.

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The central button fires up the engine a roar, then everything into a pleasing burble at

At low speeds, particularly when tightly, you hear the clunk of clutches, diffs and drive cutting in and out, and occasionally back through the steering

There are various grinding under acceleration, along the considerable engine noise, you that sound proofing was not a big

So what about the ride

Driving the Nissan with a little verve around streets is only slightly bruising than being in a fight. This car jumps and and snorts fire even in the settings, and it only becomes extreme from there.

In auto mode, with the on “comfort”, it is an adequate country cruiser. When you harden up the and start shifting gears via the long aluminium paddles the steering wheel, it feels a pure competition car.

The guy who me the keys simply said: it and keep your licence.”

And I And as far as I know, I have.

But what is fun for the can be considerably less so for the passengers, who all the noise, vibration and harshness, and of the control.

I drove the black mainly in the wet not by choice and it could generate enough grip to throw the occupants back in seats even on a drenched

The car moves around quite a following every channel in the

And despite all the clever electronics, it can jump sideways if you’re too with the accelerator, even the stability control on. That it is a car that demands you push it and harder until you find the

The GT-R is widely used in motor sport as well as events. In keeping with there is the opportunity to monitor a array of things. Via the central you can scroll through 10 different to time events, or check boost levels, transmission and oil temperature, acceleration and even G though I suspect if you are generating Gs, you shouldn’t be watching a screen.

is a car that is extremely powerful, and, in the right environment a race track), a great of fun.

It doesn’t have a lot of but, as this model long-term success shows, not wants finesse.

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