Nissan’s GT-R might be best known for its racetrack prowess, but what happens when the track ends and adventure begins?
When you think about it, the Nissan GT-R has all the makings of a modern Group B rally car.
Given how loose regulations were at the time, the ‘anything goes’ era of rally legend pretty much provided some basic safety metrics to adhere to, and a minimum permissible weight – then let constructors run free and easy on things like engine size, power, exterior design and materials.
The only thing a modern GT-R lacks, really, is the requisite raised ride height and meaty tyres. Until now.
Meet Godzilla 2.0 – that’s the name given to this 2010 Nissan GT-R which has been treated to a full rally-spec makeover.
If you like what you see, you can buy it. Dutch rare vehicle vendor, Classic Youngtimers Consultancy, has built this car and put it up for grabs.
Priced at €95,000, or a touch under AU$156,000, and with 46,500km on the odometer, Godzilla The Second is a little more than you’d expect to shell out for a GT-R of similar vintage, but has a list of worthwhile modifications to go with it.
The obvious non-factory bits include a set of roof rails, LED light bar, and top-mounted spare tyre, a cow-print-meets-camo wrap, multi-purpose front driving lights and unmissable wheel arch flares.
Under that you’ll find a set of Toyo Proxes S/T ‘sport truck’ all season tyres in an undisclosed (but clearly much larger than factory) size, and a ground clearance lift via tyre and suspension mods of 120mm above factory.
There isn’t a full list of suspension parts and upgrades used, but by the same measure, Classic Youngtimers Consultancy isn’t new to this game, having built a similarly aggressive Lamborghini Gallardo Offroad and Bentley Continental GT Offroad previously.
The engine hasn’t been left untouched either. From its factory-rated 357kW, the high-riding GT-R has had its twin-turbo 3.8-litre V6 tuned up to a claimed peak of over 440kW, putting it roughly on par with a current GT-R Nismo.
The interior, meanwhile, appears to have been left in its original state. Consider it a blank canvas for a prospective new owner, then.