Thursday, November 3, 2016

Forza Horizon 3: Shin Godzilla

Here it is. Thought they'll never feature it but they really did. Yes, this is the 2017 Nissan GT-R, the latest update on Nissan's halo sportscar that has championed the hearts of every speedo boy in the world when it was launched almost a decade ago and now it's here on Forza Horizon 3 for everyone to take their first dibs on the recently updated R35 GT-R.

Okay, before I call dibs on "Shin Godzilla", let's take a quick briefing about the new model because it's been almost a decade when Nissan unveiled the R35 GT-R at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show and drawn a lot of attention from the world on a car that was a concept turned reality and setting the standards on supercar territory.

Apart from its updated design, as shown by its new V-motion grille, Daytime Running Lamps, and a new interior, the 2017 GT-R's performance has been updated from a significantly reinforced chassis and more power from its 3.8L VR38DETT twin turbo V6 engine, Because of its increase in boost pressure and an ignition-timing system that's controlled at each individual cylinder-technology, power output is now up from 542HP to 565HP. The 6-speed double clutch gearbox has been recalibrated for better refinement and performance in different driving situations.

Judging from its improvements, I can really feel how much Godzilla has matured after a decade of introduction and despite its age, the Nissan GT-R really knows how to keep on standing despite all the wear and tear it faced through the years. Longevity is what best sums it up but while it retains one of the fastest cars in the world, it feels like it's losing its charm and strength in numbers having faced different cars that are way faster than this enthusiastic veteran. Cars like the Audi R8 V10 plus and the McLaren 570S, they are just one of the cars fresh enough to dethrone our favorite Nissan famous for thrashing down other cars two or three times the price.

It maybe a supercar slayer no more but I know how to regain its charm after all of what happened so far because I got a little serial shooting coming up in all corners of Horizon Australia, except for the Outback because it's starting to feel like it's reserved for offroaders only. It's a four-race championship I've came up with to showcase how good the new model is despite its decade-long age but before I say "it's showtime", time for Mr. Godzilla to go to the changing room. Get it?

Oh dear. It's Godzilla no more and it's becoming more of a "Step Zero To One" right now because the folks messed it up with a hint of Chika minute on it. In English, they themed it after Chika Takami, a character who appears on Love Live Sunshine. Man, you can never have too much idol girls in your design catalog, right? Guess I've been fallen to their trap like most grown men and women did when they see one image of an idol girl on it. But anyway, after some major improvements before the big show, it's time for me to get the clapper ready because...IT'S SHOWTIME!

After spending a whole day driving the new GT-R on FH3, I think this old-timer finally got its mojo back and it feels like it's ready to get back on the road again and give some European supercars some more good kicking in their rear bumpers. Ah, talking about the good days, huh? But my work here is never done because there are still more roads to explore, more cars to drive on, and more fun I can pull off until it's completely "off the record."

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