The 2014 Nissan GT-R Is Slightly Better And Therefore Still Insane

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Godzilla. A name that conjurers up memories of bad lip-synching, symbolic monsters, and the Nissan GT-R. It's fast. Scary fast. Slap yo' mama in the mouth fast. For 2014 (2013 JDM) they've kept the same 546 horsepower as the last year but "improved response in the mid- and upper-rpm rev range" and made some suspension tweaks to lower the 0-60 time to a why-the-fuck-would-you-buy-a-supercar 2.7 seconds.

They've also taken what they learned from last year's Nürburgring 24-hour race to lower the time around that famous course to just 7 minutes and 19.1 seconds. A lap they did in traffic. To put that in context, God himself took the form of a winged chariot and driver to tame Green Hell and only walked away with a 7:26.1 earlier this summer.

For the gear heads out there this was accomplished with high-output injectors, a redesigned relief valve for the turbocharger bypass, and an improved oil ban baffle. The suspension upgrades are even more specific with ever-so-slight adjustments to the dampers, springs, and front anti-roll bar.

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You know when you're in GT5 and you keep adjusting your setup until you can shave 0.5 seconds off. That's Kazutoshi Mizuno and his team. All I can say is: Thank God they're on our side.

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ash78
Ash78, voting early and often

I'm really getting over the styling as they evolve it. In fact, I may want one of these at some point.

The question is whether there will be any left in 20 years, at least any in good condition. Will all of them have grenaded transmissions? Will the MFA screens quaintly resemble the way we think of the C4 Corvette's digital dash? Will they stop exporting them as Japan reverts to an isolationist economy in the wake of global unrest?

Eh, it's all moot. Inflation will ensure they hold their value. Guess I need to go ahead and buy one, then plate it with gold.