Nissan GT-R History
When it finally arrived on American soil in 2008, the GT-R was already dubbed, “Godzilla,” by the press because of its fire-breathing reputation throughout Japan, shaking America’s idea of what a Nissan was (a.k.a. a poky sedan). The GT-R continues to make a huge splash throughout the country, becoming known as one of the fastest cars available.
Before it was introduced at the Tokyo Auto Show in 2007, the Nissan GT-R was previously known as the Nissan Skyline GT-R. Now produced at Nissan’s Kaminokawa plant in Tochigi, Japan, the GT-R is known for its racecar capabilities and sleek design.
The Nissan GT-R was first introduced with two trim levels (Base and Premium), along with a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6. While the powertrain hasn’t changed much, the GT-R is now offered with three different trim levels, including a two-seat Track Edition that’s built for speed.
Nissan GT-R Racing History
The GT-R made its first appearance on a racetrack in 2008 under the guise of the Super GT, replacing the Nissan 350Z. In 2009, it competed in the 2009 FIAT GT Championship season. The Sumo Power GT-R won the 2010 RAC Tourist Trophy on May 2, 2010.