Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Explosive Roller-Coaster Ride; Grant Edwards Finds Once You Go Black, Dare Not Look Back

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Explosive Roller-Coaster Ride; Grant Edwards Finds Once You Go Black, Dare Not Look Back

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VITAL STATISTICS

Model: Nissan GT-R Black Edition.

Details: Two-door all-wheel drive performance coupe.

Engine: 3.8-litre twin turbo V6 generating maximum power of 404kW @ 6400rpm and peak torque of 628Nm @ 3200-5800rpm.

Transmission: Six-speed dual clutch transmission with three modes.

Consumption: 11.7 litres/100km (combined average).

Performance: 0-100kmh in 2.7 seconds.

CO2: 278g/km.

Bottom line plus on-roads: $182,500.

TAKE a walk down supercar aisle at the recent Geneva motor show.

Stroll past the Ferrari California T a[degrees]nope. How about the McLaren 650S Spidera[degrees]nope. Surely the Lamborghini Huracana[degrees]nah mate.

None of them have a sprint to match "Godzilla". Meet the Nissan GT-R.

Forget bang for your buck, this is dynamite for your dollar.

While it's been around for a few years, this Japanese powerhouse remains one of the quickest, most savage road-going cars on the market. Stamp on the accelerator from standstill and it will reach 100kmh in less than three seconds. I blink longer than that.

This range-topping GT-R Black Edition may set you back $182,500, but that's small change for a supercar coupe with such rare performance ability.

Comfort

Despite its supercar abilities, the GT-R actually has real world functionality.

It features a CD stereo and dual zone air con that actually works properly, and it's all fairly intuitive operationally.

There is a function available on the touch-screen, where you can oust the sat nav or stereo information in favour of a plethora of ultra-cool gadgetry, which tells you important stuff like turbo boost and the temperature of the engine and transmission oil, as well has how many "G"s you are pulling when braking, cornering and accelerating.

Recaro seats envelop the front passengers, with strong bolstering at the sides and thighs. They are firm, but there is a tendency to tackle the odd corner in this car.

Behind the leather sports steering wheel are the large paddles, and the driver has an uncluttered view of key gauges and dials.

Taking pride of place is the analogue tachometer with the speedo positioned to the left. …

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