Matt blue Nissan GT-R spotted
I had to spend some time in Glasgow city centre recently, and it soon became clear that the cars on show there are a bit more upmarket that usually found in the east end, even including my visits to Bothwell (where you will find many well-heeded natives in their natural habitat) where sighting of such cars have gone down recently, although I haven’t worked out why.
First day off the train and I been passed by three Bentleys before getting to the end of the road, and went on to see a recently introduced Flying Spur (caught in a pic I will post later, on another subject), and also cars like the Audi R8, and the occasional Aston Martin.
But possibly the most interesting of the batch was the one seen below, a blue Nissan GT-R.
I won’t even try to give specs, simply because so many are modified, and the spec does change regularly. Unless you can get a close look, you will almost certainly be wrong if you try.
Some people don’t like it, which is fair in some respects as it is so capable ‘out of the box’, and quite different from popular Skyline GT-R that went before, from which it shares little other than its name (and performance).
In hand-waving terms, it comes with a 3.8 litre twin turbocharged V6 engine, which delivers in excess of 500 HP as delivered, and can be tuned way about that – as the supposedly unhackable ECU has been tweaked by tuners. Top speed is just below 200 mph, and 60 mph arrives in 3.2 seconds. But it has set records with up 1,750 HP and 1.7 seconds to 60, so anything is possible. In terms of price (at the time of writing in 2014) expect to start around £80 k out-of-the-factory-box, which is not that bad considering what it can do to ‘supercars’.
Not something I expected to find around my neck of the woods, so fairly pleased to tripped over this one by chance.
The only thing I did wrong was forget to look at the finish in detail, and check for signs that would have indicated whether the matt blue finish was a wrap, or painted, and I haven’t seen it since. I keep thinking I don’t like it for some reason… but I do (like it).