• Aug 28th 2007 at 9:02AM
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Although the reveal of the Nissan GT-R is less than two months away, details surrounding the coupe's performance prowess have mainly centered on speculated stats and spy shots showing a Porsche 911 Turbo in tow around the Nurburgring. According to an interview with an unnamed test-driver in Japan's Car Top magazine, certain PR-types and marketing people at Nissan got a special treat earlier this month when the automaker brought out a few GT-Rs, a handful of hot shoes, a Z33 Fairlady Z and a 911 Turbo to run laps around the Tochigi proving grounds.

Read on for more...

During the three-day track assault, lucky Nissan personnel were asked to get behind the wheel of the other two vehicles before taking control of the GT-R. The course involved a 100 MPH slalom (nothing about the spacing of the cones), high speed braking tests and bombing the banked oval track. According to Car Top's source, the new GT-R felt as if it were producing upwards of 450 HP, and that the suspension was incredibly stable at sustained high-speeds (the limiter was apparently removed). The braking power provided by the Brembo units supposedly, "has to be experienced first hand" and the seven-speed semi-automatic gearbox was smooth, fast and maybe even better than VW's own DSG setup.

The driver quoted in the article had several other notable tidbits, specifically that four color choices would be available (silver, gunmetal gray, black and white) and he aided Car Top's CG gurus in creating a mock-up of what the production rear-end would look like (right).

Additionally, seven different GT-R models will be released worldwide, with a total of 19 different engine maps, all of which will be dependent on the market the vehicle is sold. However, don't expect a six-speed manual version to be released at the same time as its auto-box counterpart, since Nissan is having issues reducing emissions to acceptable levels.

Our friends over at 7Tune were able to decipher the entire article, and you can read it here in it's entirety.

[Source: 7tune]

Thanks for the tip Chuck!

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I've got my deposit in on one. Just waiting for Nov 16th to go see it in L.A. Every news item gets better and better.
        • 8 Years Ago
        I have some provisions built in just in case it's not in the same ballpark as speculated, but I've been waiting for this car since it was announced as destined for the U.S., which wasn't too long before MotoRex went kaput and stopped being able to import them. Timing just happens to be right.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If a Nissan (or any other similar manufacturer) had like 5,000 horsepower and could outperform an F1 car, it would still be... a Nissan. Yuck.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Only four colors eh? I like the Gunmetal.. but I think a lot of people were expecting Yellow/Orange/Blue ...

      Can't wait to see it in the flesh in Tokyo!!!

      • 8 Years Ago
      This looks to be finally the car to off-seat the 911.
      Investment bankers, doctors and lawyers won't care, but enthusiasts will.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd take a 911 turbo or GT2 over this car any day.

      Don't take me wrong, this car is probably awesome, but the Nissan just doesn't make me feel the same was as the Porsche does. It's no Porsche.
        • 8 Years Ago
        I'd take a GT2 over it too.... if I had the extra $60k or so :)
        • 8 Years Ago
        "Don't take me wrong, this car is probably awesome, but the Nissan just doesn't make me feel the same was as the Porsche does. It's no Porsche."

        That's because you're looking for Porsche where there is no Porsche.
      • 8 Years Ago

      Lot of people like nissan's so its not my problem that your a idiot and you don't like them.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "And even though everyone said the G was the better car then, when they hit the streets somehow the BMW was the faster car in virtually every way."

      Er, the performance was close to identical, for $7000 less. That's why Motortrend put the badge of approval on the G37 over the 335i.

      Back on subject, I can't wait to see the real front-end. Suspense is killin me.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hmm, haven't we heard this before? Like when Infiniti decided to give some journalists a head-to-head comparison between a pre-production G37 and the BMW 335i?

      And even though everyone said the G was the better car then, when they hit the streets somehow the BMW was the faster car in virtually every way.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I need one of these. Just have to wait until I have $70,000 laying around.

      I really have to get back to that plan of winning the lottery.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Yeah, me too....God I want one of these bad!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Nissan is realy gonna make one of the best sportcars in the world and a good successor to the R323334 GTR's.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The GTR hopefully will change things in the
      Supecar arena. A fast,low maintanence car
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      It will be nice to see 400 to 500 hp cars from
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      will follow.

      Can't wait to buy this car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This one still doesnt do it for me like R34 did. Maybe when some final pics are released...
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