2012 Nissan GT-R | new car review

Posted on Jul 10, 2012 by

Everyone that knows anything about performance cars will have heard of the . Known otherwise as Godzilla, the GT-R received major upgrades for .

It caused a huge amount of excitement in the months leading up to its release in Japan at the tail end of 2007. It arrived in the Middle East a year later 2008 and proved a hit thanks to its futuristic, aggressive looks and blistering performance, designed to take on the Porsche 911 Turbo.

A twin turbocharged 3.8-litre V6 engine that produces around 550bhp of maximum power and 627Nm of torque powers the 2012 GT-R. However, as each engine is hand-built, the exact figure can vary from model to model. Gears are changed by a six-speed, dual-clutch transmission via paddle shifters behind the steering wheel.

Technology plays a big part in the GT-R. It houses a complex four-wheel drive system and allows the suspension, transmission and advanced electronic stability control to be adjusted in the cabin and set up for any combination of comfort and performance. The in-car display – which shows information about the car’s engine, speed, fuel economy and even how much G-force is being pulled through corners – was designed by the same people that made the Gran Turismo racing game for the Playstation. The 11-speaker stereo was designed by renowned audio company Bose.


Price: AED 435,000 (standard trim, options extra)


3.6-litre V6
Max power: 550bhp at 6400rpm
Max torque: 627Nm at 3200-5800rpm


6-speed dual clutch automatic with paddle shifters

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