RE: Litchfield LM20: PH Videoblog

RE: Litchfield LM20: PH Videoblog

Friday 2nd June 2017

Litchfield LM20: PH Videoblog

Is 675hp just the right amount for a GT-R?



Tuned Nissan GT-Rs, indeed tuned Nissan Skylines, are nothing new. Since the early 90s various people have tried various methods to release more performance and more fun from the legendary GT-R. You've probably done the same virtually as well.

Litchfield has been practicing its modifying craft for a while now, its experience with the current R35 GT-R stretching back nearly a decade. Yes, that's really how long imported GT-Rs have been in the UK. Its latest creation is the LM20, a car revealed at the Autosport show and driven on these pages very recently.

Now here's the vid! As you may have gathered previously, the LM20 represents the culmination of all Litchfield's tuning experience with these cars and therefore gets a host of trick parts: the Bilstein Damptronic dampers are completely overhauled, there are Alcon brakes, and the car uses Michelin Cup 2 tyres with HRE wheels - don't forget the carbon parts too, which have proven aero benefits.

Even before the power, it sounds like a GT-R that's worth the premium and delivers further on the car's considerable promise. Is it good enough to justify Β£100K? Over to Dan!

Watch the video here.

Author
Discussion

StuH

Original Poster:

2,546 posts

221 months

Thursday 1st June 2017
quotequote all
Looks like a hoot!

Shambler

833 posts

92 months

Thursday 1st June 2017
quotequote all
Sounds amazing

Guvernator

10,797 posts

113 months

Thursday 1st June 2017
quotequote all
Looks like an awesome car and a proper GT-R sound too. The standard car is a bit too muted but the exhaust and breathing mods have really released the noise. Almost sounds like the legendary RB26 now, even though it's missing about 1000rpm.

Would really love to get back into GT-R ownership but family commitments are preventing it at the moment. frown

big_rob_sydney

2,384 posts

142 months

Thursday 1st June 2017
quotequote all
I'm not sure too many people are technically qualified to say that X bhp is the right amount. I'm sure that this is a bloody awesome car to drive though, and I'm not too sure what else can touch it at the price point.

Latte sipping wkers can stay in the slow lane in their overpriced porkers, while the GTR disappears into the distance. Godzilla, come to decimate all.

howardhughes

338 posts

152 months

Thursday 1st June 2017
quotequote all
big_rob_sydney said:
I'm not sure too many people are technically qualified to say that X bhp is the right amount. I'm sure that this is a bloody awesome car to drive though, and I'm not too sure what else can touch it at the price point.

Latte sipping wkers can stay in the slow lane in their overpriced porkers, while the GTR disappears into the distance. Godzilla, come to decimate all.
Latte sipping wkers in their overpriced porkers? I'd have a 911 over any 150000 horse power 60 in 1.25 seconds. GTR.

Should you wish to challenge my reply, I would prefer pistols at dawn. That would settle our differences.

sja360

24 posts

55 months

Thursday 1st June 2017
quotequote all
I think it's a case of some like power and speed more and others appreciate the design and drive of a car. Personally I'm in the Porsche camp, but I can understand why the skyline is popular.

SidewaysSi

6,068 posts

182 months

Thursday 1st June 2017
quotequote all
big_rob_sydney said:
I'm not sure too many people are technically qualified to say that X bhp is the right amount. I'm sure that this is a bloody awesome car to drive though, and I'm not too sure what else can touch it at the price point.

Latte sipping wkers can stay in the slow lane in their overpriced porkers, while the GTR disappears into the distance. Godzilla, come to decimate all.
Happy to sip my latte in my Cayman GT4 and watch him bugger off.

Ho Lee Kau

1,869 posts

73 months

Friday 2nd June 2017
quotequote all
SidewaysSi said:
big_rob_sydney said:
I'm not sure too many people are technically qualified to say that X bhp is the right amount. I'm sure that this is a bloody awesome car to drive though, and I'm not too sure what else can touch it at the price point.

Latte sipping wkers can stay in the slow lane in their overpriced porkers, while the GTR disappears into the distance. Godzilla, come to decimate all.
Happy to sip my latte in my Cayman GT4 and watch him bugger off.
Totally!
But I do like that LM20, wouldn't mind having one myself...but then I'd have to sell my manual 997 Turbo, which I am very attached to, and primarily not because of speed (it has 570hp, 550lbft)...and besides, if I were to switch I'd go for 997.2 GT3, the extreme hp is really rather useless on public roads. But I'm partial to GT4 as well, probably the most sensible sportscar Porsche or anyone makes (rather made, unfortunately).

D.no

360 posts

160 months

Friday 2nd June 2017
quotequote all
big_rob_sydney said:
I'm not sure too many people are technically qualified to say that X bhp is the right amount. I'm sure that this is a bloody awesome car to drive though, and I'm not too sure what else can touch it at the price point.

Latte sipping wkers can stay in the slow lane in their overpriced porkers, while the GTR disappears into the distance. Godzilla, come to decimate all.
Had both.

Still drive pork.

Got sick of spilling my latte's in the GT-R...

Guvernator

10,797 posts

113 months

Friday 2nd June 2017
quotequote all
3 posts and already the GT-R vs Porsche pissing contest has started. rolleyes

They are both excellent cars with each car being better at slightly different things. You can't argue with the bang for buck that you get with a GT-R, that has always been it's forte, giant slaying pace at a fraction of the price. However in some people's eyes it will never match the prestige of a Porsche but it's not just about the badge either, a 911 is a deeply honed and polished product. As a petrolhead I'd be happy with either tbh, not sure why there is always this animosity when it comes to these two cars.

Plate spinner

13,673 posts

148 months

Friday 2nd June 2017
quotequote all
big_rob_sydney said:
I'm not sure too many people are technically qualified to say that X bhp is the right amount. I'm sure that this is a bloody awesome car to drive though, and I'm not too sure what else can touch it at the price point.

Latte sipping wkers can stay in the slow lane in their overpriced porkers, while the GTR disappears into the distance. Godzilla, come to decimate all.
Seeing as it's half term, may I ask if you are 13 years old??

Swampy1982

1,995 posts

59 months

Friday 2nd June 2017
quotequote all
Guvernator said:
3 posts and already the GT-R vs Porsche pissing contest has started. rolleyes

They are both excellent cars with each car being better at slightly different things. You can't argue with the bang for buck that you get with a GT-R, that has always been it's forte, giant slaying pace at a fraction of the price. However in some people's eyes it will never match the prestige of a Porsche but it's not just about the badge either, a 911 is a deeply honed and polished product. As a petrolhead I'd be happy with either tbh, not sure why there is always this animosity when it comes to these two cars.
I think that's the point, honed over many years.

Dan himself mentions how over the last decade the GTR has become more refined and fit for purpose, now imagine over the millions of years since the Beetle (*Beetle comment seems in keeping with the cliche that is this thread discussion*) first appeared how much it has been grown and developed with little improvements here and there, making it the amazing car it is today.

Still, that being said, I'd still take the GTR, Porsche's leave me cold.

Guvernator

10,797 posts

113 months

Friday 2nd June 2017
quotequote all
Swampy1982 said:
I think that's the point, honed over many years.

Dan himself mentions how over the last decade the GTR has become more refined and fit for purpose, now imagine over the millions of years since the Beetle (*Beetle comment seems in keeping with the cliche that is this thread discussion*) first appeared how much it has been grown and developed with little improvements here and there, making it the amazing car it is today.

Still, that being said, I'd still take the GTR, Porsche's leave me cold.
Fair point...except the Skyline\GT-R history goes back way beyond this iteration of the GT-R,in fact Nissan probably have almost as much pedigree, history and racing success with their various GT-R's over the decades as Porsche with their 911. The problem is Nissan also sell Micra's which is what they are more commonly known for in the West so that sort of overshadows it.

big_rob_sydney

2,384 posts

142 months

Friday 2nd June 2017
quotequote all
Guvernator said:
3 posts and already the GT-R vs Porsche pissing contest has started. rolleyes

They are both excellent cars with each car being better at slightly different things. You can't argue with the bang for buck that you get with a GT-R, that has always been it's forte, giant slaying pace at a fraction of the price. However in some people's eyes it will never match the prestige of a Porsche but it's not just about the badge either, a 911 is a deeply honed and polished product. As a petrolhead I'd be happy with either tbh, not sure why there is always this animosity when it comes to these two cars.
Prestige?

I think that's something quite strange. Jumped-up social climbers who think they're defined by what they drive? Who could be so shallow?

I think "animosity" is a bit strong though. Performance competitors, perhaps. What made me laugh though, was when Porsche tried to back-to-back the cars with their test drivers, and were unable to match the times, to which Nissan offered to help them. A bit of a back-hander to someone who was previously on a pedestal. Queue the whiners and tin-foil hat wearers moaning about tyre specs.

Swampy1982

1,995 posts

59 months

Friday 2nd June 2017
quotequote all
Guvernator said:
Swampy1982 said:
I think that's the point, honed over many years.

Dan himself mentions how over the last decade the GTR has become more refined and fit for purpose, now imagine over the millions of years since the Beetle (*Beetle comment seems in keeping with the cliche that is this thread discussion*) first appeared how much it has been grown and developed with little improvements here and there, making it the amazing car it is today.

Still, that being said, I'd still take the GTR, Porsche's leave me cold.
Fair point...except the Skyline\GT-R history goes back way beyond this iteration of the GT-R,in fact Nissan probably have almost as much pedigree, history and racing success with their various GT-R's over the decades as Porsche with their 911. The problem is Nissan also sell Micra's which is what they are more commonly known for in the West so that sort of overshadows it.
You know what, you sir are right, I hadnt considered it like that...