Black Ops

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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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