As anyone who’s watched historic Japanese monster movies knows, the country has long been fascinated with creatures that have wild, supernatural powers. When you consider what the Nissan GT-R is capable of, the often-applied nickname “Godzilla” makes sense. Instead of fiery breath, the GT-R’s superpowers include grip, grunt, and go. The grip comes courtesy of Nissan’s most advanced all-wheel drive ever, known as ATTESA-ETS. Why is this important? Because the 480 charging horses produced by the VR-series twin-turbocharged motor need to get down to the tarmac to make speed instead of pointless smoke. The system works extremely well, because in 3.5 blinks of an eye you’ll be at 60 mph. You’ll be glad the GT-R packs huge and incredibly efficient brakes, because the prodigal thrust brings up the next corner surprisingly quickly. Aside from the all-conquering performance, there is the unapologetically Japanese-ness of the design. Its designers drew inspiration from the squared-off details of humanoid mecha found in popular anime series, the GT-R’s snarling maw and aggressively boxed fenders would look perfectly at home fighting off alien space invaders. Instead, the GT-R challenges all comers on the track, and it takes a very special car to be able to get by a GT-R when the going gets twisty.
The R35 GT-R is a front-engine, all-wheel drive supercar based on Nissan's PM (premium midship platform), which derives from the platform used by the V35 Skyline, although it was significantly revised for high-performance applications.
Different to its predecessor, the R34 Skyline GT-R, it has its transmission relocated at the rear in order to maintain optimum weight distribution. It is powered by a 3.8 litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine, codenamed VR38DETT, that produces 479 hp (357 kW) and 467 ft·lb (633 N·m) of torque.
The SpecV was introduced as a more track-focused variant of the R35 GT-R that weighs 3704 lb (1680 kg), making it lighter than every subsequent GT-R model. It ran production from late 2009 to 2011.