2009 Nissan GTR Review
Technically, the 2009 Nissan GT-R is not a Skyline – that distinction now belongs to what we know as the Infiniti G series, which is marketed as the Nissan Skyline in Japan. But do not let the official nomenclature fool you. Its familiar twin-turbo engine and all wheel drive available to its circular taillights witness, there is no wrong for the new Nissan nothing but a modern day Skyline GT-R.

The big problem for Americans is that the 2009 GT-R for the first time this legendary performance car will be officially sold Stateside. We also happen to get the most ambitious yet. The great-grandfather of the new GT-R, the “Godzilla” Skyline GT-R R32 produced from 1989-’93, was designed to equal the performance of the iconic Porsche 959. Nissan benchmark for 2009 GT-R? The powerful Porsche 997 series 911 Turbo.

It is a challenge under any circumstances, but Nissan president and CEO, Carlos Ghosn, sent the degree of difficulty when soaring he agreed to go ahead of the GT-R project on two conditions : First, the basic price had to be about $ 70,000, and, secondly, the car had to be profitable, ie, not only enhanced the image “halo car” that would be sold at a loss. Improbable, the GT-R has succeeded at all levels. Ghosn conditions have been met, and we can confirm that the 2009 Nissan GT-R is a game of Bavaria for his reference to the runway. Never previously such stratospheric factory performance been available at reasonable prices, in fact, you have to look long and hard to match the GT-R performance at any price.

How does the GT-R do? As to negotiate a sub-basement prices is concerned, we have a mixture of modern mass production techniques and magic. Performance-wise, the Gnarly Nissan has a long list of co-conspirators to thank, among them a 473-HP twin-turbo V6, a thoroughly revised the previous GT-R ATTESA ET-S all-wheel-drive system, a trick suspension with adjustable shock absorbers and a dual-clutch transmission that ranks right up there with the best in the business world.

Credit also goes to the GT-R any new PM (Premium Midship “) chassis, as distinguished from the FM platform that underpins the 350Z and Infiniti G35. The GT-R 53/47 weight distribution (50/50 at full acceleration, says Nissan) is due in part to the PM chassis’ rear-mounted transmission, unusual in any case to a pre-engine design – the Corvette and some other high-end performance cars have one – but unprecedented one with all-wheel drive. In addition, to guard against inconsistencies of a GT-R to another, the suspension of the car and body are assembled on a structure, style racing. The result is an honest to goodness Supercar – except for the bottom line.

The drawbacks are few and most insignificant next to the GT-R huge capacity. First, the car is a bit heavy given its mission sports tip the balance in 3800-plus pounds – but in light of the GT-R physics defying cornering ability, who cares? Probably the only time the owners full weight is at the pump, and people who buy 473-hp sports cars are not likely to lose sleep over a few miles per gallon. Similarly, the angle of exterior styling is not for everyone – but then, when a $ 70,000 car you can get to 60 mph faster than any Ferrari or Lamborghini currently in production, is it really how it looks? At the end of the day, the complaint unequivocally that we can testify against the GT-R is that it does not have a manual transmission option. As good as the GT-R exclusive clutchless manual, you can always spend many competing models to the former if you wish, and we wish the same was true of the GT-R.

But it is the largest night, we can find to take, which is a good idea of the special 2009 Nissan GT-R is. The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is the only other sports car at this price that offers comparable remote bang for the buck, and its performance numbers are yesterday’s news compared to the GT-R. Provided that you can live without a stick, have more than $ 70K to play and can find (it is said that only 1500 are being allocated for the U.S. market, and those who will no doubt command a large premium), the GT – R should be at the top of your sports car shopping list. For the moment, it is undoubtedly the most exciting race for the money the car market has to offer.

Body styles, coupe and Options

Nissan 2009 GT-R is a high performance sports car available only in coupe form of a 2 2 seats available. Two versions are offered: Basic and Premium. The base model comes standard with 20-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, Brembo brakes, a rear spoiler, an electronically adjustable suspension, leather upholstery, power front seats, the aluminum-trimmed pedals, a steering wheel sheathed leather and Shift Knob, Bluetooth, keyless entry / start, automatic climate control, six-speaker sound system, XM Satellite Radio, a pilot multipurpose configurable information monitor, a scoreboard Compact Flash Player map and a navigation system with 30 GB hard drive, 9.4 gigabytes that can be used for storing audio.

The Premium model adds more efficient tires, 11-speaker Bose audio system with two subwoofers, heated front seats, front passenger side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. In particular, side and side curtain airbags are not available on the base model.

Powertrains and performance

2009 Nissan GT-R is powered by a 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that produces 473 horsepower and 434 lb-ft. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic manual transmission routes this prodigious power to the ground via an advanced all-wheel drive system.

In our testing instruments, the 3836-pound GT-R teleported to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds without drama, thanks to its launch control, and turned in a blistering 11.6-second quarter thousand to nearly 121 mph.


Standard safety features the 2009 Nissan GT-R massive Brembo brakes with antilock capacity, stability control and traction control. Front seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags are standard on the GT-R premiums but not available on the base model.

Interior design and characteristics

2009 Nissan GT-R interior is dark, but appropriately pilot focused on the environment in which to accelerate. Snug sport buckets and a large center console envelops the driver and front passenger and rear passengers not complain if their legs are not long enough to balance off the seat cushions – ie , Provided that they ‘re less than 3 years. Entry and exit – for passengers, at least – is a piece of cake by exotic-car standards.

The GT-R is also something that multipurpose Performance of 11 items of information displayed. The monitor was developed in consultation with Polyphony Digital, which created the franchise Gran Turismo video game.

Impressions of Conduct

Nissan fans were dismayed when the company revealed that the new GT-R would use a V6 instead of the iconic inline-6 previous Skyline GT-R. They should not have worried. This engine has great power everywhere, and no displays of rudeness that afflicts other Nissan V6S to rpm higher. In addition, the 2009 Nissan GT-R is as graceful as it is powerful. When we drove a GT-R Nissan test facility in Japan, we were surprised by how easy car to drive was the limit. The GT-R has also felt incredibly tight point in the two corners and high-speed lines, an impression supported by the Otherworldly 7:29 round of the GT-R turned in at Nürburgring Nordschleife of the famous loop. His goal Teutonic the best time, incidentally, is 7:40.

As capable as the GT-R is at the racetrack, he nevertheless manages to be tolerable in the street, even if it does not error for a luxury coupe. The automatic transmission mode is surprisingly civil, and although the GT-R touring are never less stiffness, suspension settings can be fiddled with to pavement imperfections should not be treated as anti-personnel mines. We always aspire to a stickshift, but we know a good thing when we see it – and the 2009 Nissan GT-R is undoubtedly one of the best performance cars ever.

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