November 26, 2021 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Isabel N. Delos Reyes

2021 Nissan GT-R Premium

The Definitive Practical Supercar

The current glorious 565 bhp Nissan GT-R Premium variant is essentially the same ferocious supercar slayer prior to model year 2018 but with some extra refinements and polish at an organically higher selling price. If you get sticker shock with this premium variant wait until you find out that the extra trick 600 bhp NISMO variant sells for a group fainting P19.9M for the extra 35 bhp and .2-second improvement in acceleration from naught to 100 km/h! As great as the Nissan GT-R NISMO is though, with full knowledge and appreciation of the great extra engineering efforts involved, I have great difficulty justifying an extra P11 Million bucks for the extra exclusivity, extra rigidity, enhanced aerodynamics, power, reduced weight, and upgraded equipment if you are driving on our public Philippine roads. The aesthetics, extra forgiveness and road condition compliance of the standard GT-R are definitely more sensible and already deeply untouchable.

There are 7 available exterior colors now; Pearl White, Ultimate Silver, Gun Metallic, Pearl Black, Katsura Orange, Pearl Blue (our test unit color and my 1st choice), and Vibrant Red with 4 different semi-aniline leather interior trim colors: Black Samurai, Red Amber, Saddle (my favorite), and ivory (our test unit color).

Aside from the new available exterior and interior palettes, the two most obvious updates are the beautiful intricate mixed multi-spoke forged 20-inch alloys (20 x 9.5J front / 20 x 10.5J rear) wrapped with 255/40R20 97Y front and 285/35R20 100Y rear Dunlop SP Sport MAXX GT600 DSST CTT NR1 run flat tires and an even lighter titanium exhaust system with exhaust sound control and exposed patina on the quad-tips. The purposeful interior looks mostly the same but the cabin is slightly quieter. The complex central 8-inch infotainment system continues to be powered by a rocking 11-speaker Bose® sound system and showcases the cool custom factory view pages with Active Noise Cancellation and Active Sound Enhancement but the rear camera needs to be updated and the system still does not have offline navigation.

All the celebrated equipment has been mostly carried over, from the sophisticated adaptive Bilstein® DampTronic suspension (with generous forged aluminum components on the fully independent front double wishbone and rear multilink), exhaustive aerodynamic measures, and 1.5 Way Mechanical Limited Slip Differential, to the vital Brembo® 15.4-inch vented/cross-drilled front discs with rigid gold 6-piston calipers and 15.0-inch vented/cross-drilled rear discs with gold 4-piston monoblock calipers with 3-Point Radial Mounting. The sensational ATTESA ET-S (4WD) drivetrain with the patented independent rear-mounted transaxle effectively transfers thrust with a static distribution ratio of 54 front:46 rear (the system can send up to 50% of torque to the front wheels or provide nearly 100% of available torque to the rear wheels). You are never wanting for more power and ability, but you will be deeply frustrated looking for opportunities to unleash the monumental dynamic performance.

The updated Nissan GT-R Premium ticks all the boxes of a genuine supercar without the driving compromises that is usually associated with the genre. It does however have its own set of compromises. The low 110 mm ground clearance is certainly appropriate for the GT-R’s reason for being but you always have to be fully aware that you don’t scoop anything up from the road. The GT-R is actually quite an imposing and stout vehicle but it only has 315 liters of capacity in the rear trunk which is only good for a weekend trip. The rear seats could barely accommodate my 7-rear old son though his only complaint at this point of time was that I was not driving fast all the time! He, like his father, loves the sensation of pressure on the body under hard acceleration and we both love all the unique mechanical sounds generated from the transaxle, gear whine and shifting, accompanied with the roar of the mighty Godzilla!

Despite that large road-print, the GT-R feels scalpel sharp and genuinely visceral. The steering and instant gearshifts are perfect but I do wish Nissan added a seventh gear to further improve fuel efficiency and calm it down when cruising. It can be an effortless Gran Tourer too if you take it easy and imagine the air cleverly flowing as directed by extensive aerodynamic measures, most of which you cannot see underneath the car. That .26 drag coefficient figure doesn’t just mean than the GT-R slices through the wind, beyond 120 km/h, the effects of all those ducts, covers, fins, and such helps produce the ground effects to keep the car securely planted. Nissan has built an incredible sports car that everyone respects and even fears because of its astonishing ability and build quality. It also comes with a 3-year factory warranty. I wish I owned one.

Specifications

Engine

Engine V6
Displacement 3799 cc
Cylinder Head dohc 24V
Fuel Injector Direct Ignition Multipoint Injection Intercooled Twin-Turbo, CVVTCS
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 565 bhp @ 6800 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 467 lb-ft @ 3300-5800 rpm
Transmission 6-Speed DCT

Performance

Top Speed 314 km/h (196 mph)
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph 3.2 sec.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l) 16 mpg City / 22 mpg Highway

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP) PhP 8,900,000.00
What's Great Ferociously engaging, supremely fast and dynamic, luxurious, quieter, improved ride.
What's Not So The rear seats will only fit two small 8-year-old children, speed-limits, I don’t own one.
C! Editors Rating 10/10
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