Photo Journey of the debut and the latest R35 初期型と最新型で行く古都の旅

In the Vol.109 of GT-R Magazine, we have tested both 2007 model that our editorial office owns as well as the latest 2013 model and took them for a drive from Tokyo to Kyoto. During the 1200km of trip, we were amazed by how “sophisticated” the ride quality has become, on the 2013 model, and felt that it has less harshness that resembles R32, R33 and R34. The R35 has become more comfortable but we miss the harsh ride that is so distinctive of a GT-R.


『GT-R Magazine』の109号(2013年2月1日発売)で展開したR35GT-R長距離ツーリング企画。編集部所有の初期型・07年モデルと、最新型・13年モデルの2台で東京と京都を往復。一般道、高速道路、ワインディングを約1200km走行し、R35が5年で遂げた「進化」を検証した。日頃から初期型の07年モデルに接している編集部スタッフとしては、毎年最新モデルに乗る度、その「洗練」された乗り味に感服する。と同時に、初期型ならではの「荒々しい乗り味」も捨て難いと思う。2台を同じ環境で走らせると、13年モデルのほうが乗り心地がマイルドで、トランスミッションの変速もスムーズ。エンジンのピックアップ(特に中速域)も初期型より鋭い。ハードとしては、最新モデルのほうが圧倒的に優れているのは明白だ。しかし、初期型のゴツゴツとした硬いフィーリングには、R32、R33、R34がそうであったように「GT-Rらしさ」が宿っていると感じる。GT-Rに限らず、世界のスーパーカーが新しくなるにつれて「快適」になっていくと同時に「らしさ」が失われて行くと感じるのは本誌だけだろうか?







NISSAN GT-Rが氷上走行での世界最速記録を達成

SIBERIA, Russia – Russian race driver Roman Rusinov and auto journalist Andrey Leontjev pushed the Nissan GT-R across a frozen Lake Baikal, setting a new national speed ice driving record of 294.8 kph (183 mph).

The speed record on ice was a joint project of Nissan in Russia and LAV Productions company, taking place at Small Sea Strait – part of the Baikal water area between western coast and Ol’khon isle. The Nissan GT-R 2012 model year used winter non-studded Bridgestone tires.

The length of the track was divided into an acceleration part – 3.5 km, timekeeping part – 1 km, and breaking area – 3.5 km. The driving attempts were fixed and evaluated by a specially-created committee of the Russian Automotive Federation, and also a group of four judges from Yaroslavl, Omsk, Yekaterinburg and Moscow. The car starts from standing position and develops maximum speed on the distance of 1000 meters (1 km). RAF fixes average speed on this route.

The 540-horsepower GT-R production car had no modifications, running the 3.8-liter, V6 engine on the frozen surface of the world’s deepest lake in southern Siberia, with a result for the history books. Enjoy this video of their record ice escapade.

For more photos of the Nissan GT-R on Lake Baikal, check out our photo gallery.