Written by Karl Peskett
Nissan’s latest sports car, the GT-R Black Edition, still proves you don’t have to buy Italian to conquer the racetrack.
Godzilla was the nickname given to the Nissan Skyline GT-R, which conquered the Bathurst 1000 race in 1991 and 1992. A twin-turbo six-cylinder and all-wheel-drive enabled it to literally run rings around the V8-powered cars it competed against. It was so successful it was subsequently banned.
Four models on and the value-for-money equation still stacks up. Now called the GT-R, it has the best ‘bang for your buck’ of any sports car ever made. And recently, Nissan announced it would be available in a Black Edition.
Under the bonnet lies a 545-hp 3.8l twin-turbo V6, backed up by a six-speed, dual-clutch gearbox that can change gears in just 150ms. Using its supreme all-wheel-drive system, it’ll launch from 0 to 100kph in a scarcely believable 2.7s.
Keeping that power to the ground is a set of gorgeous, 20in RAYS forged alloy wheels with knurled beads to keep the nitrogen-filled tyres from slipping on the rims. A bold carbon-fibre spoiler, specially commissioned Recaro seats, and red and black leather interior accents set this car apart from the standard GT-R. These alone make it worth the extra spend.
Able to keep pace with even the current crop of supercars, the GT-R Black Edition is still a Japanese monster, worthy of its place in folklore.
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Porsche 911 Turbo S
Porsche’s version of an AWD twin-turbo six, the Turbo S runs to 100kph in 3.1s, but corner speed is its forte. With an impeccable interior and indisputable pedigree, the 911 is still one of the world’s favourite sports cars.
Audi R8 V10 Plus CoupÉ
Using a Lamborghini-derived 5.2l V10, the R8’s 540hp makes a noise worth switching off the stereo for. While it’s not the fastest, 0–100kph in 3.5s is still no slouch, and it combines race-like handling with a comfortable ride in an expert fashion. And its cabin shows that the finest craftsmanship can still be found in Germany.