Nissan delivered their first police-spec GT-R to a local Japanese prefecture.
We’re sure you’ve seen plenty of dressed-up sports cars that are made to look like police cruisers. There have been police Lamborghinis, Ferraris, McLarens, and even a police Bugatti Chiron.
Most of those police supercars are in Dubai, where the local supercar to human ratio is something like 12 to 1. But they exist, and that’s cool.
Nissan has also been in the game of making police versions of their sports cars. There have been police-spec Silvias, various Z cars, and even the legendary Skyline sedan. And now that history continues with the latest police-ified version of the R35 GT-R, the fastest Nissan police car to date.
It’s taken quite a while for the GT-R to make it into the hands of a public police force. Although the car has been made in Tochigi Prefecture for over a decade now, Nissan has been mostly concerned with making their sleeper supercar as fast as it can be. A 2017 facelift saw the GT-R’s 3.8-L twin-turbo V6 get a 20 pony power bump up to 565 hp and combined with AWD and a fantastic computerized traction control system, the GT-R can make it to sixty miles per hour in under three seconds.
However, that speed isn’t really required in Japan, where most cars are electronically limited in top speed. Not that most cars can even get going that fast, what with engine sizes averaging to be less than a liter in the densely populated island nation. But you can bet that Nissan took off the electronic limiter on their police-spec GT-R, so if there is a bad guy in a Lamborghini in town you can bet this police car can catch it.
The mayor of Tochigi Prefecture gratefully accepted the giant novelty key to their new GT-R, and police officers are reportedly quite excited to get behind the wheel of their new whip. But they shouldn’t get their hopes up too much. The car will mostly be used for community outreach and not for patrols. The mileage on a GT-R is not exactly great, and police departments have to keep fuel costs in check as much as everyone else does.