Gran Turismo 5: Nissan Option Stream Z

 
Nissan Option Stream Z ’04
Specs
Power: 796bhp
Weight: 1440kg
PP: 597
0-60: 3.589 seconds
0-100: 6.452 seconds
1/4 mile: 10.998 seconds
1 mile: 25.735 seconds
Max Speed: 206.8mph
Max G-Force: 0.83G
Drivetrain: FR
It’s a well known fact that the Nissan Option Stream Z is feared around here. People here fear the 796bhp it gives, combined with the 1440kg it weighs, combined with the max rear downforce of 15. Yeah, there’s a valid reason why no one likes this thing. It looks impossible at first.
And people have complained of terrible handling with this thing, not to mention some of the worst acceleration ever seen for a car of its class. It is, apparently, a horror story.
So then, are the people right or not? Well, I’ve done the crazy job of buying one (get yours in the OCD today!) and, despite the certain death, went about going and testing it. And I have the following views.
Sorry GTP but, you’re wrong. So so utterly wrong!
The handling on this car is not, really and honestly, that bad. It is actually, quite good. In slow corners, you get it into gear, hit the throttle, and it does an excellent slide. It’s not too light and annoying, nor too wild and death-impending. It’s right in the sweet spot almost, and it can almost only be down to the stupendous 796bhp offered from that front-mounted Nissan engine. OK, in the fastest corners, it really is genuinely terrible, but for the most part, you aren’t going through the fastest corners in the game so you don’t have to worry about that. It’s really not that bad, people. Try it again.
However, with the acceleration…you may well have a point. It’s not the acceleration itself that’s bad…it’s the powerband. And the powerband on this is quite possibly the most bizarre in the whole game. Even a fully modified Volkswagen SambaBus couldn’t match up.
If you take off from a complete standstill, with no revs…nearly nothing happens. If you take off from close to full revs, you go into the medium range of the revs, then burst into the max 796bhp of the full revs. …Unless you go into the redline, where the power then elects to fall off a cliff and hit the edge with quite some force. If you were to take its engine onto speedtest.net, or pingtest.net, its download speed would be 0.9mb/s, its upload speed would be 2440mb/s, its ping would be 0.4ms, its jitter would be 8997ms and its packet loss would be 297%. And its grade would be about an L+.
So yeah…this is a bit of a weird one. Holder of one of the most ridiculous powerbands in history, but also one of the most underestimated cars in this game, I find. Everyone says the handling on the Option Stream Z is lousy, but in slower corners, it really isn’t. I’m not quite sure what all the hatred is with this thing, and while I find that most of the 796bhp never makes itself felt (probably because it isn’t there a lot of the time), the car does a good job no matter how much power it might be producing at any given point. So next time, boys, give this thing a chance. It’s not that bad.
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