The word “gtr” is slapped on some of the most incredible feats of automotive engineering ever created. From homologation specials to the ultimate versions of already impressive road cars - there’s no doubt that a car with gtr at the end of its name is something pretty special. But what exactly does gtr mean on a car?
GT is short for grand tourer and refers to a luxury performance car that prioritizes speed over comfort. R stands for racing and means that the car is geared towards high-performance driving (ie perhaps not as comfortable as a GT model). GTS is also used by some manufacturers to stand for ‘grand touring sports’, meaning it’s sportier than a GT but not quite as hardcore as a GTR.
Nissan’s own gtr is an example of a manufacturer using the GT label to differentiate its cars from other models in its line up. The Japanese carmaker wanted to create a name that reflected its passion for motorsport and created a vehicle that could excel on both the race track and the street.
The Nissan GTR is a four-door car that’s perfectly capable of being driven daily, but its true strengths are on the race track where it becomes Godzilla, destroying everything in its path.
The original Nissan Skyline R32 was nicknamed Godzilla because of its simply incredible motorsport performance in the late 80s and early 90s. It was so destructive in fact that it was banned from racing for a while. But if you can find one that’s in good condition, a gtr is still one of the fastest cars on the market.