After missing the car show for over 10 years, finally got a chance to go last weekend. Actually I didn't plan to go but my friend got extra ticket and I know this year they are showing the new Nissan GTR.
What's so special about the new GT-R? Mostly, the fact that it's no longer based on the Skyline platform, which underpins our current Infiniti G35 sedan and G37 coupe.
Instead, the GT-R's body and chassis are unique – not only incorporating GT-R exclusive styling but engineering elements, such as a flat underbody with ground effects, as well.
The 3.8-litre V6 engine is a new unit as well and is coupled to a brand-new sequential-shift transmission that offers paddle shifter, automatic operation and three different settings for shift speed and aggression.
It all adds up to a 485 hp package that can lap the Nurburgring racetrack faster than a Porsche 911 Turbo, according to Nissan's claims.
But the GT-R is more than just an out-and-out performance car. It's designed for high-speed touring as well. Its interior is the nicest you'll have seen in any Nissan, with real aluminum accents and a leather-covered dashboard. Fittingly, the instrumentation was designed by the Gran Turismo folks, who helped make the GT-R so famous to begin with.