Nissan's GT-R is a numbers game

19th November 2009 By: Irma Venter - Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor

There are numbers to remember and numbers to forget when one eases into the driver's seat of a Nissan GT-R.

Remember that its top speed is 308 km/h, and that any driver can reach it, no itchy trigger finger required. Punch-and-go applies to the 480 horsepower engine, with age and gender playing no role in the easy-to-drive machine.

It takes 3,9 seconds to reach 100 km/h.

The GT-R weighs in at 1,7 tons, and has a 3,8 l V6 engine.

Remember that one technician – one of only eight – hand-assembled the eager engine in Japan, and that the carbon-fibre bodied GT-R spent 3,5 years in the wind-tunnel before that fighter-jet look was perfected.

Then there is the nine gigabyte hard-drive, and the 11-speaker sound system.

Also – and perhaps the Germans would prefer to forget this – know that the Nissan GT-R beat the Porsche 911 and Carrera as well as Ferarri F430 F1 at the Nürburgring, in the Eifel mountains, in Germany in 2008.

In fact, the only production car's time it failed not beat was the Pagani Zonda F.

The GT-R clocked a time of 07:29 for the 20,8 km track, with its 73 bends.

Another interesting number to take home is the G-force indicator in the central console, showing braking, accelerating and turning G-Forces, with the car's display system developed by the same company that produced the Playstation 3.

But, it's not all fun and games . . .

With fuel economy at one point ticking over at 3,5 km to the litre, the GT-R is not for the financially faint-hearted. (Perhaps then it is also prudent to remember the number of a good lawyer should 120 km/h all of a sudden seem all too pedestrian.)

Officially, the GT-R has a fuel consumption of 12,4 l/100 km.

Sticking to the theme, you need R1,175-million to buy a GT-R, and you will have to wait five months or more, putting down a R120 000 deposit.

Already Nissan South Africa has delivered 48 GT-Rs to local customers since its launch earlier this year, says passenger product senior manager Karl Kielblock.

“We'll probably do a hundred by the end of the year” – not too bad a number for the company in the midst of a recession.