The product specialist for the Nissan GT-R says the current generation of the Japanese performance car is not that old, saying “some matureness is very important”.
Speaking to Digital Trends, Hiroshi Tamura claimed “it’s not so long” since the current-generation GT-R debuted in 2007.
“In 1989, we launched the car, R32 Skyline GT-R. Then the R33 Skyline GT-R, which started in 1995. Then we have the 1999 R34 Skyline GT-R. But they all used the same RB26 engine, twin-turbo, and all-wheel drive system,” Tamura-san told the US-based publication.
“From 1989 to the end of 2002 – 13 years – we didn’t change anything about this platform except the wheelbase length. From 2007 to now is 13 years. So it’s not so long,” he said.
“In a sportscar, some matureness is very important. Customers want this kind of sportscar attitude. Of course, from a journalist’s standpoint, you say ‘[it must be] brand new’. This is a paradox, you know,” Tamura-san added.
When asked what sets the GT-R apart from other performance machines, Tamura-san said: “I’m not arrogant, but I don’t compare it to any other vehicle”.
“GT-R has its own standalone philosophy and direction. Our competitor is our previous GT-R. We always chase after our own goal, the pursuit of driving pleasure, meaning we compete with the old model,” he explained.
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