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We could swear that Inside Line didn't post official specs of the Nissan GT-R yesterday at the same time it published the first batch of official pics, but there they are today. Nothing shocking here, but we do have hard numbers now. The GT-R's twin-turbo 3.8L V6 will produce 473 horsepower and 434 ft-lbs. of torque. That's a bit more than the 450 HP many were anticipating, and we're guessing Nissan's official power rating is still a bit conservative, as well. 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds is awfully quick, and there are plenty of supercars out there with more power that can't hit that mark. All-wheel-drive, of course, aids the delivery of each pony to the pavement, while the only transmission available will be a GR6 dual-clutch six-speed. Paddle shifters are evident in the pics we showed you yesterday, and Inside Line report that they're the same leather-wrapped aluminum ones as in the G35 sedan.

So there you have it. Nissan's embargo on information surrounding the GT-R has been laid to waste in less than 24 hours, and we now know exactly what it looks like and what type of hardware is under the hood. We're still going to Japan next week to see the GT-R unveiled in person, and hopefully we'll uncover some more worthwhile info about Nissan's badly kept secret.

[Source: Inside Line]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Autoweek has the first driving review of the car...better than the porsche turbo?

      http://autoweek.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071017/FREE/71017001/1065
        • 7 Years Ago
        Thank you so much for that link. I think I may have went in my pants reading that.
      • 7 Years Ago
      okay people look i consider myself pretty neutral, my last car was a civic hatch with a engine swap and what not, i now drive a chevy truck and suzuki sport bike. Im not a hick. But sitting here debating which car is faster at burg' is a lil crazy, we dont have offical times. Also all of the times very according to driver and other things. Even with the much much simpler quarter mile time time with professional drivers the times vary greatly (look at link below). However Nissan's time of 3.5 seems fast given its heft and power. I am not saying it is impossible ill just wait till magazines say that. Look at the lower part of that page, everyone of those super cars couldn't do it with more power and less weight (cept the 911 turbo which hit 3.4 but still with less weight and more power).

      http://www.corvetteactioncenter.com/specs/c6/2006/z06/2006z06perf.html

      Also anything can be a daily driver, really. My daily driver was either a civic hatch with no sound deadening and no ac or a sport bike. Plenty of people dd rough cars
      Also technology does always make cars fast either, look at the 3000gt vr4 if you want a good example. Though yes usually technology is helpful.
      And this is no 911 turbo killer, just look at the numbers according to Nissan it isn't faster, and people who buy porches dont mind the price. They want the name and uniqueness a carrera turbo brings, yeah if they Porsche didn't have anything to back it up no one would buy it, but as long as they keep making them faster then a average sports car they will keep selling. Hell the just look at the boxster.
      I even know a guy who drives a z06 as his weekday daily driver, and his carrea turbo as his weekend car or 'date' car. He loves the both but thinks there very different cars.
      They i do support Nissan for making a sports coupe like this, i like it. I cant wait to see one in person, i wish the other Japaneses car company's would do this.

      did i miss any arguments
      • 7 Years Ago
      What happend to the 7:38 and 7:35 the GTR ran, are we forgetting those time's.
      • 7 Years Ago
      You know, when I looked at it unveiled at first glance I was kind of disappointed when I compared it to the concept. But after looking at the pictures (and more of them) extensively, the front end has grown on me so i'm still happy with the car exterior-wise.

      However, I still think they could have enormously improved the interior and taken a page out of Lexus' book with the LF-A. For a $60-80k car (average price) we have a right to expect a nicer interior.
      • 7 Years Ago
      damn it... if people would do there homework they would know there will be a version with manual later on. it wont release now because of strict regulations that it has to conform to.

      this version will be the evolution model evo for short, and will cost 96k (around there) and be less weight utilizing of carbon fiber and more downforce and areo dynamic body.

      this car will likly up the horse power slightly.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What can I say... Wow!
      But I am still awaiting the Nurburgring numbers before I can understand how this car stacks up.
      ..
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm just quoting what I've heard from several reliable sources
        • 7 Years Ago
        "The GT-R has lapped the 'ring in 7:38"

        see, now here is where you and the nissan engineer disagree
        • 7 Years Ago
        oh perfect, you have forza

        take the vette and take a skyline and lap both till you are confident. that should convince you how fast the vette is.

        • 7 Years Ago
        The times I've heard were happening before the autoblog article on the 7:38 lap, but the laps are still very driver dependent, I run 7:40s in my modded Cayman in Forza 2 all the time while my dad can't get below 8:00 in the game, not knowing the car, and pure skill between drivers can add a couple seconds on any track, especially one that's 13 miles long
        • 7 Years Ago
        Congrats to Naggs for posting idiotic comments on every single post regarding the GT-R!!!! You win a year of Viagra to share with your old Corvette buddies!!

        The GT-R has lapped the 'ring in 7:38, it's beaten Porsches in the corners, and can seat a full family(with small children) It is tecnologically superior, much more luxurious, and is just as fast while weighing about 500 pounds more.

        I do not see how your comment of 3800lbs had anything to do with my comment on the VQ block's history or about the new VR block. The 'vette isn't selling for crap right now, Bowling Green is only producing 55 per day right now and GM has had to introduce money back incentives to move the ones they are selling. Any more the 'vette is a old fart car, most guys looking at sports cars would rather have an Evo or STI for $10-15K less.

        The cars are different, very different, and they're pretty much equal, oh wait, I forgot that the Corvette is the absolute best car in the world for everything including groceries, moving, racing, flying, swimming, and fuel economy. I also remember that you called the GT-R a "ricer" car, so it must be true, and the fact that it was actually banned from most motor sports due to it's dominance has nothing to do with why it has, and will be the best race platform in history.

        I respect the Corvette's history, but I'm in love with the GT-R and it's heritage even more, and I have a feeling that most young people like me would agree.

        We'll see how they fare 1 on 1 when Nissan enters their GT1 GT-R in the ALMS, pleeeeaaseee Nissan!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        • 7 Years Ago
        "Mizuno-san had offered some lap times from the Nordschliefe for various cars driven by the German magazine SportAuto. Those times are driver-dependent, track-knowledge-dependent, weather-, traffic- and bunny-crossing-the-track dependent. But Mizuno suggested the GT-R could get anywhere from 7:44 on up"

        z06>gtr like i have said all along, it never had a chance
        3792 pounds
        • 7 Years Ago
        7:38 is what I've been hearing
        911 turbo-7:40
        Z06-7:42
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am sick and tired of reading these stupid arguments Vette VS GTR. This is like the Mustang VS Camaro wars. No-one is ever declared a winner, it just goes on and on and on.

      On topic of the GTR, the numbers they are giving for the car are too optomistic. If I was an engineer working at nissan I would find ways to make it look like I got the best lap time too, you know, fudge with the numbers by messing with the cars computer and engine etc... I dont see a 3800 lb 473Hp car beating a 3200lb 505Hp car. It doesnt make any sense. You all need a reality check. The car is just not going to be faster than a Z06, not may cars are. You can't qoute this time or that and make assumptions about who is better. They would have to be on the same track, the same day, with equally experienced drivers.

      As far as my opinion on the styling. The GTR is not pretty in or out. Too bad, they could have done better. They should have focused on more than just the engine.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @ Russel

        Seconded!

        @ Naggs

        What do you drive then? Because your 'logic' (or lack of it) seems to only point to one thing 'CORVETTE PWNS ALL' and if or Brett have ever been to the Nuerburgring you'd know that it has a lot of different elevations as you move around the course and in some of these sections the Corvette's lightness and increase in HP is negated because it can't get its traction down as well as an AWD.

        I don't dislike Corvettes, I like them very much actually but they are way too common and aren't as practical as a daily driver (which other people made a point of). Froma basic viewpoint, 2 seats and a smaller trunk with less traction and comparable track times against the GT-R doesn't justify it as a purchase unless you like its looks better than the GT-R, or you're going through a mid-life crisis (as som people also pointed out) lol.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yes, but japanese engineers know how to brake the rules of physics and american engineers are just some hicks in a shade-tree garage.
        • 7 Years Ago
        dont bother, they are immune to logic

        the 08 lightning lap will expose this car for what it is
        • 7 Years Ago
        Forgive me for the spelling and grammar mistakes today, its been a long day at work...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hmmm...interesting designs for Nissan's new GT-R. Very interesting indeed. In today's super sportscar clubs, I believe great designs and advance engineering will apeal to most automotive consumers. And speak volumes in today's automotive savvy marketplaces. I believe Nissan had an interesting approach with it's new GT-R...(3.8L V6 473hp-434lbs+Twin Turbo+well balance+paddle shifters+full racing suspension/brakes=would you love a test drive in the new GT-R. Smiling!!!darn those lucky car designers and magazine editors heehe...just kiddin...)

      However, I would agree with some of the readers. I would like to see some improvements in design along with more color options(both exterior and interior); I think the center console (interior of the new GT-R looks a little to square-would you agree or disagree? also perhaps, removing the rear center console reduce weight/allows more room.) The GT-R new front end is strikingly stunning. The rooflines, windows, spoilers, tail lights etc. are very unique. I would like to see Nissan flare the rear fenders to fit wider wheels and tires(GT-R racing heritage). Overall, I believe Nissan's new GT-R will be the vehicle of envy in today's shifting super sportscar markets.

      Hmmm...what's next on the horizon. Toyota Supra Super Sport SS-R, Acura Super Sport ZSX-R, TVR Cerbera SS-1R...my goodness...heehe!!! Take Care. Drive safely Ladies and Gentlemen.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This thing must be crazy light, I can't wait to see how they did it for $80,000. YEs, I know it can't be that expensive to strap a pair of turbos to a six which has been reworked for decades, but still, very impressive
        • 7 Years Ago
        The VQ block actually premiered in the 1995 maxima, so it's only a bit over 13 years old, and the GT-R doesn't have a VQ.

        From what I've heard it's a totally new block called the VR38, let's hope it's as easy to tune as the RB series
      • 7 Years Ago
      naggs is making me hating the Vett. It was a cool car, but more post I see from naggs the more I want the GT-R to trash the Vett. And I used to like the Vett too. Good job naggs.

      Seriously, I'm 35 and there's no way I'd drive a Vett. Yes it's a fast car, but I'd be the butt end of many "depends" or "viagra" jokes. I know one guy my age who bought a Vett for the great specs, but quickly sold it due to the interior and the ridicule he got from friends and strangers alike. Since he's balding everyone assumed he's in his 50's while driving his Vett. Like it or not, Vett-lovers, the car is for old-fogeys.
        • 7 Years Ago
        to bad that how badly you want one car to be faster than another has nothing to do with how fast either car is

        zo6>gtr
      • 7 Years Ago
      So how much faster will the EVO model be? With 50+HP and a weight reduction of 200lbs thx to carbon fiber panels.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It won't take long before the tuners start tuning it over the 1000BHP, topsecret or HKS will probably be the first to do it.
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