The Nissan GTR was first released in the year 2007 in Japan. It is a 2 door sports coupe and the successor of the Nissan Skyline GT-R. The GTR is not offered as part of the Skyline range anymore.
From the year 1969 through the year 1974 and once again from the years 1989 through the year 2002, the Nissan company produced a high performing version of the Skyline sedan that was called the GT-R. This vehicle proved to be iconic for the company. The GT-R achieved a lot of success and fame on the road and on the track. While the newer GTR does not have the skyline badge, it has the heritage of this line of vehicles. Similar to the later versions of the Skyline series the GT-R offers a four wheel drive and a 6 cylinder engine. It also has the round taillights that were a signature of the vehicles.
The GT-R is a model that is entirely new and shares very little with the other Skyline vehicle. It is a complete redesign from the previous versions instead of just being an evolution. The HICAS four wheel steering was removed and the previous straight 6 RB26DETT engine was replaced with the newer V6 VR38DETT. The chassis code for the newest version is called the CBA-R35. This carries on the naming tradition from the past generations of the Skyline GT-Rs. The vehicle has also kept the nickname of Godzilla which was provided to the Skyline generations by Wheels, an Australian motor publication.
Concepts and Production Models
There were just 2 concept vehicles that were displayed at different motor shows before the production model of the Nissan GTR was revealed. The first of the concept cars was shown in the year 2001 at the Tokyo Motor Show. This concept vehicle was used to show what the GTR of the 21st century would look like. In the year 2005 at the Tokyo Motor Show, the company unveiled an entirely redesigned concept that was called the GTR Proto. The company stated that the production model of the GTR would be about 90% based on this concept vehicle.
The first production model of the GTR made its appearance at the Tokyo Motor Show in the year 2007. The GTR was launched in the Japanese market starting in December of 2007. The official launch of the GTR in the United States did not occur until seven months later in July of 2008. The Los Angeles based Universal Nissan made a delivery of the first GTR, fresh off of the production line at just after midnight on the seventh of July, 2008. The launch of the vehicle in Canada occurred in July of 2008 as well. The third consumer market for the vehicle was Europe where the car became available in the spring of 2009. The reason for this disparity in marketing and regional releases was mainly due to the fact that Nissan had to build performance centers in the area where the cars could be serviced. In addition, the gear box and the engine are made by hand which limited global production to about 1000 of the cars per month.
There were some early concerns about the vehicle in regards to how difficult it is to modify the GTR. Despite these initial concerns there are now several after market tuning parts available. While it was previously reported that the ECU was untuneable, has now been hacked through several different tuning houses. Using COBB tuning’s AccessPort, almost anyone can now reprogram the transmission and engine control units of the vehicle using custom or off the shelf maps.