GT- R U Brave Enough - 15th July, 2016

It’s considered by some, including the old Top Gear, to be the only true Japanese Supercar. Its performance puts it up there with some of the most exclusive supercars in the world. It’ll sprint from 0-100kph in around 4 seconds and keep going to over 300kph. And you can have all this for less than the price of a used Commodore Clubsport.

The Nissan badge will never carry the weight of legendary makes like Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche. None of these Supercar giants sell anything like a Micra or a Qashqai, but in the R35 GT-R Nissan have created a monster, an incredibly high tech monster and a frighteningly fast monster. But because it carries the name of a giant Japanese carmaker known more for its run of the mill offerings, the GT-R is a bit of a second hand bargain.

So it’s way cheaper than an Audi R8 of the same age but is faster and handles better. And you could buy less than half of a Porsche 911 Turbo for what this Nissan costs but the abilities and quality of each car are alarmingly similar. And don’t even think about a Ferrari. So what does the Nissan offer? Its twin turbo V6 engine is hand made by one of four sanctioned engine builders at Nissan’s Yokohama engine factory. It pumps out around 478bhp and is mated to a double clutch gearbox. And with the all wheel drive system and tricky differentials it’s not only fast but handles incredibly well, too.

So if you want a bona fide supercar but didn’t win the Powerball jackpot last week then this 2008 GT-R could be the answer. There isn’t a production car that can do what this car can do for less money. Not by a long shot.

This incredible car does need a going over by a skilled Nissan tech as it is displaying signs of neglect but at an auction estimate of $50,000 it’s $141,000 cheaper than the new list price. More details here.


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