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With all the information about Nissan's GT-R already out in the open, one question remains: how does it drive? Autoweek got a crack at it in Germany, and after flogging the GT-R on the autobahn and around the south-loop of the Nurburgring, Mark Vaughn proclaims that it lives up to the hype.

The account of his time behind the wheel of reads like a 4th grader let loose in a combination Chuck-E-Cheese/candy factory with unlimited quarters and an empty stomach. He hammered through the dual-clutch six-speed, impressed with the down shifts and rev-matching (0.2 seconds for shifts), ran the 473 HP 3.8L twin-turbo V6 up to 176 mph on the 'bahn, tested the AWD-system's ability to shuffle power to the wheels (anywhere between 50/50 to 2/98) and laid long stretches of rubber in the pits even when told to keep it under 35 mph.

Lag was inconsequential, particularly compared to the Porsche Turbo Nissan had on hand during the testing, and although the Porsche's steering felt lighter and quicker, he preferred the GT-R's ease of use and more "tied down" nature.

Follow the "Read" link below for the full review.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      All you haters need to relax and just accept reality: All your Porsche are belong to Nissan.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not very attractive, the design is woefully lacking...I had hoped for some much more exotic, fluid, it looks choppy and pieced together.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Its great to see Japan is back in the affordable super car market again! Hopefully Toyota/Mazda/Honda/mitsubishi will follow
      • 7 Years Ago
      bert in the past this was true. the supra ,r34, r33 rx7 all were release in japan with 300hp*

      i smell bullshiet when i hear 473ho and 4k curb weight with the times it's doing
        • 7 Years Ago
        It was 276HP (280PS).

        And that's pretty much what they had. Yes, there were plenty of cars that lied about it, like the Subaru 22B. But you happened to pick some of the many that didn't.

        Many of these cars that didn't lie about it were easy to tune to increased HP.

        The 0-60 figures aren't weird for AWD and that much power (with proper gearing). The 1/4 times aren't extraordinary either. Top speed is a little bit high and the Ring time is nice.

        But I chalk this up to people just not understanding how low-pressure turbos work. People thought the 2000 Audi S4 had 300HP due to its performance, but it was put on the dyno and turned 257HP, similar to the claimed 250HP. People now make the same mistake with the BMW 335i.

        Low pressure turbos can reach full torque across a wider rev range, which really helps acceleration-based performance figures.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think the current argument about the Z0-6 and Skyline makes no sense.

      Very few people will push these cars anywhere near their limits, especially in the corners.

      I have a Lexus GS 350 and I usually outcorner the vast majority of cars out there on the road. Why? Maybe it is because I am a decent driver but the main reason is this most drivers just don't push their cars hard through corners.

      When I had my IS 300 there was nothing more fun than smoking a Porsche 9-11 or a Camaro through a corner. The GS 350 is a much faster and sure footed car, I would imagine that experience would probably be even more degrading for a sports car owner.

      A more logical difference to argue about between the GT-R and Corvette would be all wheel drive versus rear wheel.

      Even in the California where I live 500 bhp on tap can be more of a liability than and asset. While driving through the rain on the 210 I recall passing a Pontiac GTO that was pointing in the wrong direction after tapping the center divider.

      Even a 3800 lbs 400 bhp rear wheel drive vehicle can create problems for its owner.

      Now imagine the east coast where you have ice and far more rain. Its easy to see why someone would want to pay extra for the Nissan's AWD.

      Of course on the racetrack the corvette is probably a better value. But how often does anyone race on the weekends and even if you do who wants to burn through a set of Z rated tires? That gets expensive!

      Most people will never come close to pushing these cars to their limits all this talk about performance is just academic.

      • 7 Years Ago
      QUOTE: 276hp 300 hp limit whatever. im just saying the official hp may not be true.
      if its not true, then its more horse power than advertised... meaning if its not 473hp it will likly be more horse power if they are still using those regulations. whatever.

      also the vq engine based of le man engine roots? the lemans v8 is the vh and vk series engine vh60 on the r391 if you want the le mans based engine get a m45 or q45
      LMAO! the gt-r doesnt have a vq engine. it uses a vr38 engine using variable valve timing etc. the vr38 is designed using the LeMans engine from the lemans R390 race car... this race car uses a v8 engine.

      nissan decided that using a v8 in the skyline wouldnt be a great idea because of its massive weight and cost. but most of all they decided against using the m45 v8 because it wasnt a performance engine. why put a cruizing luxury engine in a performance car? bad idea! the gt-r is a racecar, always has been, it was undefeted in many races! only because the gt-r stoped production in 1998 that porshe's and vetts started to overtake the gt-r in performance.

      anyways... here is that link...
      here is more info...

      and more info here about the vr38 engine

      i would also like to mention that there is an evo version with a real manual transmission, more horse power and lighter weight (at least 300lbs less using carbon fiber and other). this will come in at UNDER 100,000 i belive it was 93k (or 96k i forget).

      the new vett with supercharger will likly be priced around 120k and will not likly compete with the gt-r, mabe a gt-r_evo im guessing because we all dont know.

      if you do some reading before posting.. ie do your research, you wont sound so stupid. google is your friend. wikipedia helps too!

      • 7 Years Ago
      I think the 7:44 is an awesome time. I'm still not convinced the 473hp model ever ran a 7:38 or Nissan would have used that number. That more likely came from the top (Vspec or whatever) model. 11.7 1/4...well I'm still safe from godzilla.
      • 7 Years Ago
      the reason why such a heavy car gets such great performance is because of its design.

      1st off the car has an engine based off a LeMans V8. yes its roots came from a racing engine - why have it any differnt - the rb26dett was a huge performing engine but because of new regulations a strait 6 was not going to cut it.
      The engine is designed to get alot of torque right away, and the full amount of torque sooner and it stays with the car! that pulls everything using awd.

      the design of the actuall car, ie placment of the engine and weight in the middle of the car, between the front axel and the rear axel - this really makes a nice balanced weight ratio for this particular car and engine setup. being awd and with the weight design, and engine design this is an amazing supercar designed to do Racing.

      but wait... its an every day driver. everyone who has ever driven a z06 its awesome! but you drive it every day its annoying now! the nissan gt-r is an everyday driver for the whole world. thats not even the end of the benifits of this car.

      i have not seen any negatives yet, but its not even released yet. basically nissan had a legendary car and if they were to release annother to be as good or better, it needed to make it this good, or it would have just made a faster evo/sti.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I too would take a z06 any day over that monstrosity.
      80k for a nissan, lol. They going to keep them parked next to altimas on the dealer floor?
      No self respecting american would be caught dead in that thing.
      And do the math guys, 473hp is not all that much in a 3800lb car by todays standards.
      I'll expect to never see one ever, i can't picture anyone that can afford an 80,000 car using their money to buy that thing, instead of porsches, vipers, z06's.
        • 7 Years Ago
        reverse snob appeal. Face it porches vettes bmws are status cars in part. There might be a market for an anti posermobile. So cheesey it's cool ; and really fast.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It sounds like a performer, but it's got a face only Padre Ghosn could love. At least you can be comfortable knowing that if you can't beat a car in a race, you'll definitely break it's rear view mirror.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ok is this thing hideous or what? It looks like a few different cars slapped together and lines that run in too many different directions. Of course, this is Nissan, I never expect great styling out of them to begin with!
      • 7 Years Ago
      The GTR R35 kicked the Z06's ass, here is the new official ringtime.
        • 7 Years Ago
        That puts the GTR ahead of both the Z06 and 911 around the track :)
        • 7 Years Ago
        @ stefan

        that 7:35min is a quote for the trashcan..

        Nissan officle claims the best the GT-R can do is 7:44min with most laps ending at 7:55-7:58min..

        The Nissan officle making that claim was Mizuno-san for UK car magazine AutoWeek .. read it in the article..

        473hp and 3800lbs are the wrong combination for 7:35miin times..means lacking 200hp or 500lbs to much weight..

        there is no trick to get around physic laws..
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ok, what did they cut/throw out of the car to get down to those times. Too big a jump to be unaided.
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