• Feb 15, 2007
Have we overdone the GT-R coverage yet? We didn't think so, either. This is a pretty hotly anticipated player in the sports/GT segment and we can't get enough of it. After discovering a new GT-R on California's freeways recently, the spy photogs decided to give chase and ended up driving all the way to Sonoma. The Nissan team was apparently headed to Infineon Raceway at Sear's Point to dial in the new super Skyline for final production tire and wheel specs. The Edmund's team reports that the turbo all-wheel-drive Nissan was unofficially clocked as running within tenths of a second of the 997 Turbo Porsche the group had brought along for comparison. Turbo performance at Carrera prices? Sounds good to us. Plenty of pics and even some video available by following the read link.
[Source: Edmund's Straightline]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Off topic, but does it matter if a Vette has leaf springs? I mean, first off, they're a totally different item than what people usually think of as leaf springs...they're composite, there's only one to a wheel, and they are transverse. And second, the car handles great and rides great, leading it to first place in C&D's comparo this month against a Lotus Exige S and 997 Turbo. It beat both around the track. Is your perception, innaccurate though it is, really more important than performance?
      • 7 Years Ago
      "# 7:42 - Porsche 997 GT3
      # 7:43 - Chevrolet Corvette C6 Z06

      Nissan always shoots to beat the latest 911 turbo. This GT-R is within tenths of a second to the 997 in its testing so far. So no, chances are good your frail nationalistic ego will be hurt when this car comes out."

      listen kid, i know your a huge skyline fanboy but you really don't know what your talking about. the gt3 is much faster than the 911 turbo. the gt3 is one of the most extreme street cars for sale today. its a street legal racecar. it is 1 sec faster around the nur than a zo6 for $40k more.

      the gtr is just not going to be in that league of performance. its good up against the new v8 m3, and will almost be as fast as a gt500.

      but your a fanboy and none of that matters, the gtr is the final arival of the LEDEGENDARY gtr. a car that doesnt even share a powertrain layout with any of the LEDEGENDARY racecars that have so little to do with the stock car.

      then you retards will say that you tune it and it has 600hp and i would direct you to the katech and tt tuner corvettes which will be faster.

      more power
      better power delivery
      lower weight
      better suspension
      lower center of gravity
      better aero

      sorry kid, its not even close
      corvette >> gtr
      • 7 Years Ago
      "looks like the zo6 remains faster than any car to ever come out of japan"

      Why do these insecure, insipid posts crop up on every GT-R thread? Nordschleife track times:

      # 7:42 - Porsche 997 GT3
      # 7:43 - Chevrolet Corvette C6 Z06

      Nissan always shoots to beat the latest 911 turbo. This GT-R is within tenths of a second to the 997 in its testing so far. So no, chances are good your frail nationalistic ego will be hurt when this car comes out.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ok, ok. First off, I'd like to say, I'm more of an import guy. I highly appreciate the morale of imports over domestics; anyday. However, the Vette and the Skyline thing has come to my attention, at such a disgruntled manner, I'd like to give my say on things. To the guy dogging the upcomming Skylines' aerodynamic capabilities; you're kinda' off. Supposedly, the slight curvatures changed off the G35 is supposedly one of the most high-speed stable cars to be released. Some kid in my class tried telling me the new Skyline is gonna' run 9 and a half secs in the quarter, so I almost beat him up. But sorry GT-R fans, do NOT expect the 'Line to be Vette competition. And then I hear the word "Bolt-on". I'm shuddering to be honest. You guys only read into imports is your problem, and this is coming from an IMPORT enthusiast. You wanna' talk about bolt-on? Go check out the Lingenfelter TT Vette; which is to date (Unless proof otherwise, I haven't been that much on top of it), is the fastest accelerating car, nearly ever. 0-60 in one and a half seconds. Not only was wheelspin reduced by Lingenfelter, its' stability is nearly unheard of in a domestic sports car. And all this, for what was it, $150,000, with the Z06 included in the price? Spend your hefty penny, import fans. The Vette will always be unrivaled as a true sports car. And If you're gonna' bring sports cars into it, especially with Porsche; bring in some RUF performance as well. I don't know the specs/stats for the Nur; but I'm sure it'd compete with these times; just a thought. To finish, I'd just say, for the penny, stick with the Vette. The closest thing we'll come to racing anyway, is a quarter mile. If you're gonna' BS me and tell me you're some kinda' D-1 GP racer, well, stick with the Vette anyway. The Traction Stability Control on the Skyline won't be anything suave to drift in. Overall, all the Skyline is, is a beefed up G35. Put that up with a beefed up Vette. Enough said.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Japanese durability, competitive pricing and 997 Turbo Porshe performance, I am in love!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Um, the GT500 is extremely slow. An R34 GT-R is faster, and I'm talking the totally stock one, not any special editions or anything like that. Oh, are you talking about 1/4 mile performance? Because this GT-R will easily be faster than the GT500 in a straight line, and on any surface and it'll do it every day of the week, not a lucky run on a drag strip. But these kind of cars are about track performance, where the GT500 is about as pathetic as a 500hp car can possibly be.

      And GT3 much faster than the Turbo? At beast each car is a little faster than the other depending on the situation, if anything the Turbo is a little faster overall. Certainly the GT3 isn't even close to being much faster than the Turbo. The GT3 also isn't even close to being one of the most extreme street cars available today, I can think of a dozen cars, most of them cheaper, that are more extreme cars on sale today. Even in 911s it isn't #1, the GT3 RS and GT2 (997 version should be out before the end of the year) are both above it.

      Oh, and the legendary GT-R race car is the R32 GT-R, that in Group A form (far, far closer to production cars than some GT1 Corvette) slaughtered pretty much every car on the planet causing Group A to be killed off. That was a twin-turbo 6-cyl AWD car in both race and street form, just like the 2008 GT-R will be. Of course it doesn't share an engine with the previous cars, because it's a new engine in a new car...

      Oh and NISMO and Lotus are doing the GT-Rs suspension, I and most others would be stunned if the heavily criticised Z06 suspension (oh but you only read biased American magazines, so you wouldn't know about that) was even close to being as good. Where are you getting these magical GT-R specs for by the way? It could weigh 1100kg and have 700hp and 800Nm of torque for all you know.

      You are really so stupid I'm honestly stunned.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This just in:

      GTR caught in love tryst with 997. The rumor mills are abuzz! Could this mean big things for Porsche?!
      Watch this space!
      • 7 Years Ago
      oh i forgot the stock z06 vett sucks with stock suspension, all those people who completely kick ass in autox with stock suspension vetts are just lucky. please be quiet, when you have no clue what you're talking about. As far as the gt-r goes, i don't believe it to be a vett competitor, but i would never buy a vett. i would by a gt-r however.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh, and PS...the 997 Turbo has a MacPherson strut setup in the front, and a rear engine, both not the "ideal" way to go, but it performs well. And so people don't complain about it. But you complain about the Vette's advanced suspension setup?
      • 7 Years Ago
      The leaf springs are anchored in the middle, so while there is one per axle, they are fully independent. The fact that there's only one is irrelevant.

      A spring is a spring, whether it's a round bar, flat bar, or round bar wound into a coil. They all work the same way. What's important is that the Corvette has independent rear suspension just like any other modern car, except its leaf springs allow it packaging and weight advantages that aren't possible with a coil spring.
      • 7 Years Ago
      'they're a totally different item than what people usually think of as leaf springs...they're composite, there's only one to a wheel, and they are transverse'

      Is it one per wheel or one per axle?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I can't wait to own this car.

      http://www.nagtroc.com/forums/index.php?
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