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2016 Nissan GT-R

In the cutthroat motoring world, very few cars stand out and can be considered desirable. A Ferrari, whether vintage or brand-new, is almost always at the top of any car nut’s wish list. So is the Porsche 911. Even the pocket-rocket Volkswagen Golf GTI ranks up there with the best of them. And of course, who wouldn’t want the now-iconic Nissan GT-R?

Nissan recently gave buyers a little more incentive to purchase the car by announcing pricing for the 2016 GT-R. And that’s not all, it’s even throwing in a few extra bits to make the new model just a bit more exciting.

Prices for the GT-R Premium and the GT-R Black remain unchanged. The good news, however, is that you get an additional 5hp, bringing the power up to 550hp. Sure, this may not sound like much to most folks, but fine-tuning the twin-turbo VR38DETT V6 motor’s electronics means a whole lot to any car lover.

Nissan matches the power upgrade with equally racy looks, courtesy of new 20-spoke premium dark-finish forged alloy wheels mounted on grippy Dunlop Sport Maxx GT 500 DSST CTT ultra-high performance nitrogen-filled run-flat rubber. Sized 255/40 ZRF20 up front and 285/35 ZRF20 in the back, the wheel-and-tire package promises exceptional grip and handling on any road surface.

Those looking for something more special can go for the 45th Anniversary Gold Edition (in photos). As the name suggests, this model marks the 45th year of the supercar nameplate, which traces its roots back to the Skyline GT-R that first saw light in 1969. The car features a gold-plated Vehicle Identification Number badge in the engine bay, a commemorative plaque on the center console, and special gold paintwork. Fans will note that the gold paint scheme is the exact “Silica Brass” color used for the 2001 Skyline GT-R M-Spec. As if this isn’t special enough, only 30 units are slated for the United States.

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If you want the ultimate GT-R experience, you might want to go for the Nissan GT-R Nismo, which has 600hp. You will even stand out from the “regular” GT-R with the Nismo’s aero package, body reinforcements, and precise handling.

Interested? The GT-R Premium starts at $101,770 (P4,579,650) and tops out at $149,990 (P6,749,550) for the GT-R Nismo. As for us, we’d just be happy when Nissan Philippines brings in the car, period.

 

2016 Nissan GT-R

Gerard Jude Castillo
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Gerard has been a car nut ever since he discovered what a car was. As a kid, he'd play with toy cars, with sound effects to boot. He has been writing about his passion for over a decade now.
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