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Nissan's Godzilla breathes more fire


It’s another year and another GT-R as Nissan releases the updated version of the revered GT-R supercar in South Africa adding a host of improvements for the 2014 model year.

The Nissan GT-R is powered by a front-mounted twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V6 petrol engine, mated to a 6-speed automated dual-clutch gearbox. With power going to all four wheels, the GT-R makes use of 397kW and 628Nm. The eye-popping results are a 0-100 km/h sprint time of just 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 315 km/h.

A host of mechanical updates have taken place for 2014. The chassis and suspension setup have received tweaks in an effort to constantly improve the vehicle. Updates include: fine-tuned suspension which is now symmetrical to reduce load fluctuation between the four wheels and allowing for better stability and more consistent grip; optimised electronic control of the shock absorber valves and modified front stabiliser spring rates to ensure more consistent tyre contact with the road; enhanced use of suspension stroke which improves road holding for a poised and confident ride; and continued outstanding traction and a reduction in NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) for a more comfortable ride as well as better straight-line stability.

Brand new multi-LED headlights now feature as standard, along with a distinct new lighting motif which not only give the GT-R a new signature but also inherent benefits to safety. Featuring Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS), the GT-R now boasts automatically adapting headlights which adjust the angle of the lighting beam according to the speed of the vehicle.

On the inside, a new red interior colour scheme is available, while the infotainment and satellite navigation unit has also been upgraded with the latest in in-car entertainment and GPS technology.

Complementing the standard 3-year/ 100 000 km warranty, the 2014 Nissan GT-R is available in South Africa exclusively with an optional 2-year extension to 5-years/ 100 000 km. A 3-year/ 50 000 km service plan is also included as standard.

Pricing starts from R1 475 00 for the GT-R Premium to R1 527 000 for the Black Edition.

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