The GT-R earned its nickname by squashing its rivals on the track but can it do the same on the trails?

The Nissan GT-R is one of the few constants in the landscape of modern supercars. Having been in production for a whopping 13 years, you’d be forgiven if you no longer give a GT-R a second look when spotting one on the street but that’s not the case with this particular R35.

With 4.7 inches of extra ground clearance, huge off-road tires, fog lights, and a roof rack, this Godzilla is one of the craziest road-legal GT-Rs in Europe and one that really puts the car’s AWD system to the test. Yes, this is a GT-R that’s ready to go off the beaten path.

We don’t really know why this exists but we’re glad it does

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The Nissan GT-R R35 caused quite an uproar upon its release in 2007 because of two reasons: on the one hand, GT-R purists were hyperventilating at the mere thought that Nissan had dropped the ’Skyline’ moniker and, on the other, it was the fact that Nissan moved the goalposts further than it had done with any previous GT-R and this, ultimately, turned even the purists around.

The GT-R was considered to be a running and driving computer even back in 1990 when the three-letter badge was glued to the back of the R32-generation model which was the one that earned the now-famous nickname of ’Godzilla’ through its domination of the Australian Touring Car Championship.

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But the R32, for all its might, was still a sports car. It could rattle the cage of a 911 but it lacked the refinement of one. The GT-R R35, on the other hand, is a proper front-engined supercar.

To put it into perspective, a 2010 MY Nissan GT-R made 485 horsepower from the factory, about 100 more than Ferrari’s entry-level mid-engine supercar from the ’90s, the F355.

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The power always came from the much-revered 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged VR38DETT V-6 that has been upgraded constantly in order to keep the GT-R relevant. Updated, too, was the styling although the six-speed, dual-clutch gearbox is the same. Nissan, however, really tried and still tries to keep the GT-R interesting by offering endless go-fast versions filled to the brim with Nismo parts but one thing the Japanese didn’t think of doing is turn it into an SUV.

And no, we don’t mean to say we’d like the GT-R name to be attached to some lumpy crossover in similar fashion to what Mitsubishi did to the once-proud Eclipse nameplate that went from being on the back of Brian O’Conner’s floor-less sports car to hanging on the tailgate of a mom-mobile. What we mean here is exactly what the crazy Dutch folks at Classic Youngtimer Consultancy have done: turn a GT-R R35 into a proper trail-blazer.

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The base for this unique conversion is a 2010 GT-R and Classic Youngtimer Consultancy have poured into this project every bit of experience it’s gathered building a similarly badass off-road Lamborghini Gallardo as well as a high-riding Bentley Continental GT. The recipe here is the same.

The old, low-profile, track-loving rubber was swapped for some Mickey Thompson-esque tires that are so big that the wheel wells had to be widened in order to fit.

The rims are those of the standard model but the suspension has been thoroughly modified and now the ride height is bigger by almost five inches.

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We don't know the angle of attack of this one-off creation but we bet the GT-R can clear some rather meaningful ditches without much fuss.

To help it power down muddy paths, the engine’s output has been increased all the way to over 600 horsepower which is more than what you get from a 2020 GT-R Nismo.

And, while the Nismo too is aggressive, you can’t compare it with this thing that features a large LED bar as well as LED fog lights incorporated in the front bumper for turning night into day at will. There’s also a custom roof rack big enough to store the spare wheel and the kit is completed by a camo wrap. The only things missing? A winch and, maybe, some bull-bars...

Source: Classic Driver

Michael Fira
Associate Editor and Motorsport Expert - fira@topspeed.com
Mihai Fira started out writing about long-distance racing like the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans. As the years went by, his area of interest grew wider and wider and he ever branched beyond the usual confines of an automotive writer. However, his heart is still close to anything car-related and he's most at home retelling the story of some long-since-forgotten moment from the history of auto racing. He'll also take time to explain why the cars of the '60s and '70s are more fascinating than anything on the road today.  Read More
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