The Nissan GT-R is a legend car line that has millions fans around the whole world since 1970s. Today, with the revitalization of Nissan, the legend car came back and grew into a superstar not only in the Nissans, but also in the whole world of cars.
1969 Nissan Skyline GT-R
As we know, the GT-R didn’t become a single line until the Renault-Nissan Alliance built. Before that, between 1969 and 1974, and again between 1989 and 2002, the GT-R was a high performance version of Nissan’s Skyline sedan, which was called the Nissan Skyline GT-R. The legend of it began with the 1964 Prince Skyline 2000GT, which raced head to head against Porsche 904 at the Japanese Grand Prix. Nissan merged Prince motor company in 1966, then two years later, in 1968, the third generation skyline was born under Nissan. In the next year, Nissan released the first generation Skyline GT-R, a four-door sedan, which won 36 races in two years. The second generation GT-R came out in 1973. A fastback replaced the 4-door sedan and the most classical element of GT-R, the 4 round rear lights began to be used. Due to the oil crisis, Nissan stopped the GT-R for 16 years. In 1989, Nissan relived the GT-R (R32), which was born for race, then R33 in 1995 and R34 in 1999. Nissan stopped the produce of GT-R again in 2012. The Skyline GT-R was the ever-victorious general in races in these years and also got fame on roads. A main reason why the GT-R has so many fans is its 2.8-liter turbocharged engine that can produce more than 300 hp and even has an unlimited potential. And we can find that Porsche became its enemy since it’s born.
Nissan Skyline GT-R R34
The hero of Nissan, CEO Carlos Ghosn , decided to use the GT-R to improve the brand image of Nissan. As the result, this time, the GT-R has no longer been just the high performance edition of the Skyline instead of new product line. They began to develop and design the new Nissan GT-R from zero in 2002. Of course, the Nissan GT-R still keep the heritage from the skyline GT-R, like four-wheel drive, a twin-turbo 6-cylinder engine, and the four round rear lights, and also the goal, or in other words, the enemy – Porsche 911 turbo! After 5 years’ hard work, Nissan displayed the all-new GT-R at 2007 Tokyo Auto Show and it really beat the Porsche 911 turbo in the “green hell”, the Nurbergring Nordschleife, with more than 1 second.
After its release, the Nissan GT-R got so many awards and champions. But Nissan guys never stopped. GT-R has continued its performance, releasing the lap time as proof of its evolution every year. Now 2014 GT-R is even 20 seconds faster than the original version. What a amazing thing the Nissan people did! They really shocked the whole car industry.
2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo
Of course, it cannot be true that everyone likes this car. Some people said driving it is just like playing a TV game, and some ones criticized it too heavy, not swift. However nobody don’t recognize its success.
Too many story about the GT-R to tell, 11 blogs, or even 11 thousand blogs were not enough. There is no doubt that it is a legend. The following is a good video about the Nissan GT-R Heritage.
Wikipedia-Nissan GT-R http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nissan_GT-R#Awards_and_recognition
Nissan GT-R – Official Global Site http://www.gtrnissan.com/
Nissan UK website- Nissan GT-R story http://www.nissan.co.uk/#vehicles/sports-cars/gt-r/extras/gtr-story/history
Autocar – Nissan GT-R Review http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/nissan/gt-r
Autoblog – 2014 Nissan GT-R http://www.autoblog.com/2013/07/11/2014-nissan-gt-r-review-video/
[Video] The making of the Nissan GT-R http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_rrsPzqc0E