2008 Nissan GTR 3.8L

Today, we come face to face with a white specimen from a Japanese legend that has her six generation of family history spanning all the way back to 1969.

The Nissan GT-R.

This monster of a ride is not called a Godzilla by many for nothing, for it is shamelessly built with one hulking purpose – Speed.

And just when you think it can’t get any better for the horsepower per dollar, along comes a full suite of goodies that no other cars in its class can match. The handling, drive-train and cabin electronics involved here are pure wizardry. It is no wonder the GTR platform by default, is the flagship of Nissan motor performance to showcase many of its state-of-the-art technology.

The GTR strikes fear in the minds and hearts of other astronomically priced supercars, and often, it is used as a benchmark to gauge performance excellence in many other car manufacturers. This breezy morning, we had the opportunity to bring this white Godzilla from its sleepy slumber to shake up the entire forest.

Under the bonnet houses a vicious 3.8L V6 twin turbocharged engine, producing a factory output of 480bhp. On top of it, the owner has upgraded the internal organs with HKS Legamax premium exhaust system and HKS intercooler kit, proudly tuned by GarageR.

With such a setup, this unassuming, stock-looking Godzilla now has nearly 600 willing brake horsepower at its disposal. There is a marked improvement in air flow but the mufflers managed to keep its noise at bay at just a fraction louder than stock.

Within the cabin, the GTR looks like a high-tech science laboratory. With Japanese characters printed on those buttons, it makes the whole experience even more authentic, awaiting the driver to tap on its vast nuclear energy.

Combined with the car’s all-wheel drive system, its super quick automatic 6-speed dual clutch transmission and an all-time favourite launch control, the Godzilla is sent powering its way to a 3+ seconds 0 to 100km/h run.

In the spirit of friendly competition, we sent our crew’s Mitsubishi Evolution X for a short race with the Godzilla and was well, truly humbled (Captain Obvious!)

sgCarShooters bowing out.

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