Nissan GT-R 3.8 Black Edition Review
Godzilla on the loose

Story by Raymond Lai, Pictures by Azfar Hashim
20 Oct 2009

We had to wait for almost two long years for the arrival of the official Nissan GT-R. It's finally here and we took it out of its lair to put it through its paces.

Latecomer to the party

Japan has been without a supercar since the Honda NSX and last Nissan Skyline GT-R were discontinued. It has been a long wait but the Land of the Rising Sun finally showed off its first supercar in years at the last Tokyo Motorshow two years ago. The latest generation Nissan GT-R was one of the most highly anticipated cars at that time and local driving enthusiasts soon flocked to parallel importers to have an early taste of the GT-R’s prowess after learning that the official export version will take time to reach our shores.

More than a year after local parallel importers started selling the GT-R, Nissan has finally introduced the official export model.

On the outside, the official GT-R is similar to the JDM models that we’d all previously seen plying our roads in droves at times. There are some differences under the skin though – the export model has 5bhp more on hand and the 180km/h speed cut removed among other tweaks. The officially imported car also sports a full factory warranty – a piece of mind for most, considering how sophisticated and complicated this car is.

The GT-R’s looks are inspired by a mix of Gundam robots and the battle gear of a samurai warrior. Nissan’s designers were given free reign to do what they want by head honcho Carlos Ghosn so as long as it retained the previous model’s iconic twin round tail lamps.

Looking At the face of the GT-R on a rear view mirror, I’d have to say that its aggressive snout gives me that ‘get out of my way’ feeling.

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Engine Capacity 3799cc Turbocharged
Engine Type V 6
Compression Ratio 9:1
Bore x Stroke (95.5 X 88.4)mm
Power 480bhp @ 6400rpm
Torque 588Nm @ 3200rpm
Power to Weight 275.9 bhp per ton


Acceleration 3.5s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 310 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 8.3 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed DCT
Drive Type F4


Body Type Supercar
(L x W x H)
(4655 x 1895 x 1370) mm
Wheelbase 2780 mm
Turning Circle 5.7 metres
Kerb Weight 1740 kg
Boot Capacity 315 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 71 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs