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March 05, 2015 14:05

Sachin Tendulkar, the God of cricket, has always been known for his passion for cricket and cars. However, a very few people know that his first car was Maruti 800, and he still owns it. The legendary cricketer, now, owns several expensive sports and super cars including BMW X5 M50d, BMW X6, BMW 7-Series, BMW M6 Gran Coupe, BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo, BMW M5 (E60 and F10), Nissan GT – R, Mercedes-Benz 600SL, Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG, Audi Q7, Volvo S80,  Porsche Boxster, etc.

Nissan GT–R, 2011 model, is one of his favorite sport cars that is known for its stunning looks and exceptional performance. His GT-R is a special edition, which is first and only unit in the country. So, you won’t see it among common celebrity cars in India.

The broad shoulders and robust masculine body-built of the GT-R appear like an animated robot. These stances further contribute to its impressive drag coefficient, i.e. 0.27, and low CO2 emissions.  

The 2011 model got some styling cues from its predecessor especially the round rear lights, while the front grille is inspired from the R34. For saving its kerb weight, Nissan removed the rear seats and added new alloys. It’s more sophisticated and modern than the old one. The centre console design and controls layout complement the metal-look plastic trim on the doors and fascia.

The front seats are extremely supportive, and look good. Driver seat is electrically adjustable. The special edition GT-R is available in 20 interior color combinations. Powering the Nissan GT-Regoist is a 3.8-litre V6 twin turbo engine that produces a whooping 523hp at 6400rpm, while yielding a torque of 612Nm between 3200rpm-6000rpm.

It explodes 0-100kmph in merely 2.9 seconds, thanks to its all-wheel drive layout and tyre traction, torque-shuffling differentials and the dual clutch gearbox. It’s hard and loud yet easy to drive.  The car offers best driving control in Manual and R mode, while automatic mode works best in give and take conditions. More than any other characteristic, what impresses the most is its stiffness on bumpy roads. The agile suspension set-up and rigid shell construction, together, deliver an incredible lateral grip.

The Nissan GT-R is a more affordable sports car than its European rivals, though, the running cost is higher. The car needs maintenance every 9, 656kms and makes you stop at fuel station more often. Though, we have several Nissan cars in India, the GT-R is likely to make its way this year.

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