The Godzilla car, a.k.a the Nissan GT-R is celebrating its 45th birthday and the Japanese automaker has rolled out a 45th anniversary edition for its home market of Japan. Nissan has also invited a select bunch of Indian automotive journalists to Suzuka, Japan, to give them a taste of the 2016 GT-R sportscar, which incidentally is India bound. The 2016 Nissan GT-R sportscar will serve as a brand builder for the Japanese make in the Indian market, apart from giving well heeled performance car enthusiasts a chance to sample one of the quickest cars to come from the land of the rising sun.
The 2016 iteration of the GT-R sportscar stays true to Nissan’s promise of rolling out yearly updates to its flagship model. In its 2015 model year form for the Japanese car market (the rest of the world gets this car in 2016), the GT-R comes with a slew of changes under the skin. The suspension gets revised dampers while the electronic stability program gets revised settings for better handling on curvy roads. The steering damper is re-rated for better steering feel while the tyres get different material on their insides for better grip. The brake pads get a revision too.
Nissan has worked on improving the overall refinement of the GT-R. The 2016 JDM spec model sees the use of better insulation on the boot’s flooring to make the cabin quieter while the axle and driveshaft sit closer to reduce vibrations. Nissan has also specified the 2016 GT-R with new bearings for the flywheel, another vibration reducing move. The power and torque outputs of the 3.8 liter, V6 twin turbo petrol engine remain same, at 545 Bhp and 628 Nm respectively. A six speed automatic gearbox that drives all four wheels delivers the torque to the ground.
Nissan has plans of launching the GT-R sportscar in India next year. The 2016 GT-R is expected to arrive here, in completely built unit (CBU) form. Sitting at the very top of Nissan India’s vehicle range, the 2016 GT-R is likely to command a price tag of over 1.5 crore rupees, making it the most expensive Nissan car ever sold in India. The GT-R already has famous owners in India, in the form of F1 ace Narain Karthikeyan and cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar. By selling mass market cars such as the Micra, Sunny and Terrano, alongside the GT-R sportcar, the Japanese automaker will be planning to pull off a branding coup in India.