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Can We Call The Nissan GT-R A Supercar Now?

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Godzilla steps into exotic territory, cloaked in carbon fiber.

"Supercar Killer." That's what they call the Nissan GT-R – a monster of a sports car that can embarrass more exotic machinery, but doesn't cost as much (or at least hasn't historically). That's before modifications, though. And when it comes to Godzilla, the Skyline's the limit.

Take this one right here. It's said to be the first GT-R to be fully rebodied in visible lacquered carbon fiber – something you'd only expect to see on seven-figure hypercars, never mind six-figure supercars. But here the pricey, lightweight woven bodywork has been applied to the work-a-day brute from Japan.

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Every exterior component of the super-Datsun has been redone in carbon, including the hood, doors, fenders, bumpers, even the mirror caps and exhaust. As a result, the vehicle weighs a good 310 pounds less than stock. By our count, that'd bring the curb weight down to about 3,530 lbs. And that's right about as much as a Porsche 911 Turbo weighs – and the comparison's not accidental.

Both pack 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engines putting out somewhere in the neighborhood of 550 horsepower, give or take, channeled to all four wheels, with the capacity to outperform much more expensive supercars.

Now as you might have guessed, rebodying a vehicle the size of the GT-R in carbon doesn't come cheap. The commissioning proprietor says the job set him back £60,000 (or about $75k). Add to that the $100k or so that Nissan gets for a GT-R these days and you're looking at a $175k vehicle – which is about as much as McLaren charges for a 570S, Audi gets for an R8, or Porsche commands for a 911 Turbo... but nowhere near the millions you'd have to shell out for a Pagani Huayra, Bugatti Chiron, or Italdesign's version of the same.