• Oct 24, 2007
Click the above image for more live shots of the Nissan GT-R

A press event has never been so well attended, or dangerously overcrowded. But we got to the front in time to watch in car footage of a GT-R lapping the Nurburgring in 7:38.5, then out came Carlos to claim that his new baby is the best that Nissan has ever produced – and we're inclined to agree. Unsurprisingly the show car is silver, and, well looks pretty much like it did in the spy shots, but the shock was that Mr. Ghosn committed to Nissan fielding GT-Rs in next year's Super GT Championship. Could this be the start of another R32-like Godzilla race track domination?

Deliveries start in next month, and to the rest of the world by the end of 2008. Check out the gallery, we'll have tech specs up soon.

All live photos ©2007 Justin Gardiner / Weblogs, Inc.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I love to see people bickering like most of you are...

      GTR Guys: "OMG we pwn the Z06 and 911 we rulez0rs!"
      Z06 Guys: "It's just a rice rocket with turbos blah blah"

      True car people see the beauty in all cars - each of these cars was designed to reflect their heritage, so deal with it. The comment that really rubbed me wrong is that the upper levels of american cars (Z06, viper, etc) people call junk. Did you ever stop to think that maybe the REASON they have been around for decades is because they do something right? There is a huge community of Vette owners, viper owners, GTR owners etc. Both the Z06 and the GTR have a long heritage and huge fan base. It makes me sick when someone says "Don't bash on the GTR because its finally makes Nissan a supercar contender", and then their very next sentence reference american cars as "garbage". You get as much respect as you give.

      I was 50/50 on buying a new Z06 vs waiting for the GTR, i am leaning more towards a vette. Why? Because its my money and my preference. I like the GTR and what it can do, I just like the vette a little more. What turns me OFF about the GTR is not its looks or weight, but the constant bitching from all the gran turismo kids that act like every other car no matter what is below the GTR. Put down your PS2 controller and open your eyes. Enjoy the GTR, enjoy the Z06. Just stop with the attitude of "omg its pwning everything!"
        • 7 Years Ago
        Fans of American cars do just as much bashing as GT-R fans do. No matter where I go, theres someone that hates the Japanese for no reason besides the fact that they destroyed the Big 3 in sales. I'm a huge fan of the Nissan Skyline, personally I prefer the R34, but I also think the Corvette is the coolest American car there is.

        Anyways, you can't really compare the two. The Corvette has a giant 6.3 liter engine and the GT-R has a 3.7 liter. I don't know which one's faster around a track, but if its the Corvette I wouldn't be surprised, with an engine that big it better be fast. If I had a choice, I would take the GT-R but thats just because I prefer Japanese cars and it would probably be a better daily driver.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nurburgring lap times are just a marketing scam. Obviously the cars that are tested there most often will get the best times. This is why most the best times are achieved with Porsches, Porsche 911 in particular. Is 911 the best sport car because of this? Not by a mile.

      The same happens with GT-R, they ran it there for a whole year to post this time, big deal. There are on that list supercars that will thrash GT-R in a real race, but have much worse lap times at Nurburgring, simply because they ran there much fewer times.

      Pretty much every 2 seater RWD sports car of similar power will have better performance than GT-R, even though GT-R will be quicker round the bends (and less manageable on the grip limit, like all AWDs).
      • 7 Years Ago
      The car looks amazing and timeless. And please do not compare the GTR with "JUNK on WEELS" like the viper or the ZO6.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Your so right the Corvette never looked so good to me after seeing this car! I think it looks like Mr. Ghosn as a cartoon...... It just dosn't have a finger in its nose........
        • 7 Years Ago
        Don't worry, I wouldn't dare compare the GTR to "JUNK on WEELS".

        You're a Tool.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The interior still makes me want to vomit, it's absolutely atrocious, ESPECIALLY for a car of this type and price bracket.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It looks pretty good to me...what looks so bad about it? You seriously aren't expecting a luxury car interior in a hard core sports car?
      • 7 Years Ago
      is it just me, or does it seem like the start and stop spots aren't the same in the video? Looks like he's got another 100-150 feet or so at the end.

      I'm sure it's an official time, but the video is a bit off. Still impressive as hell.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Do people not read the previous posts before they make their own? This lap time argument was already posted and settled earlier on.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Do people not look at timestamps before making snap judgements of people not reading previous posts?

        Looks like I beat the other post by 2min.
        • 7 Years Ago
        first of all nagmashot, that's the standard way to time the nurburgring laptimes. wudy even posted a magazine scan from sport auto showing the 997 turbo being timed this way.

        second of all if it's 100-150 ft which is 46m max, it won't take 6-8 seconds to cover it, considering it does a standing 400m in 11.7 seconds.

        2 seconds AT most considering it is already going at full chat,
        • 7 Years Ago
        you are 100% right they cut off the complete Northloop pitlane straight... 6-8 seconds for fast car 8-10seconds for slow cars..
        The speedtrap starting point is at the exit of the old pitlane...and it stops on the last turn onto the pitlane straight...

        look at the youtube video

        they have cuttet this way 6seconds of a complete lap...

        at 1:01min he pass the point were later the laptime stops..at 1:07min video time the timeattack watch starts ... cheap way to make a car 6seconds faster to beat it´s rivals..

        997 GT2 7:31min
        997 Turbo 7:40min
        Z06 7:42.9min
        GT-R 7:44.5min

      • 7 Years Ago
      I need it. Now!

      racism is alive and well in Normal, IL.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I doubt that they would immediately begin to dominate in SuperGT. It's not really a production car race series anymore... the car can only run on RWD and limited to 500 hp with restrictor plates and strict weight/aero restrictions. As it is they'll have a tough time catching the Lexus SCs and Honda NSXs. The R32 was different because group A touring car regulations at the time meant the GT-R could run with 600 hp....
        • 7 Years Ago
        If it doesn't debut in time for round 1 (which I think will be the case, probably more like halfway through the year), the 2008 GT500 Z33s will be changed slightly to becloser to the GT-R specifications so that when the GT-R does debut it's changed as little as possible from the Z, only really getting benefits of better aero and stuff. It's what Toyota did when changing from Supra to SC430 and they were competitive immediately, and what Nissan did changing from R34 to Z33, which won the championship in it's debut year. And Super GT doesn't ban AWD cars, it gives them serious weight penalties and such. The GT300 Impreza has been AWD for about 18 months now, but with GT500 it isn't feasible because of how serious it is compared to the largely semi-professional nature of the less competiteve GT300 teams, Cusco who run the Impreza being one of those therefore they are more able to take risks.

        Toy Yoda, a 500+ hp model would also be lighter, probably have carbon brakes, perhaps better aero and cooling, etc. It wouldn't just be slightly more powerful, that wasn't the case with all previous GT-Rs that had multiple variants, so it would certainly not be the case with this car either.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Meh, the dual circular taillights on the rear look so generic. That last angle on the C pillar looks weird. They should have kept it a smooth curve.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Have you never seen a Nissan Skyline before? It would be sacrilege not to have dual round taillights on this car!!!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Those dual circular taillights are practically a trademark of the Skyline series, so its only fitting that they are there. Its one of the ways you recognize a Skyline (which this basically is).
      • 7 Years Ago
      Thank god - If I saw one more 'scoop' photo of this car I was going to shot myself in both eyes.
      • 7 Years Ago
      lol wudy, you just owned nagmashot.

      Some people just hate to see a japanese car do so well.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Seriously! What is with that?
        • 7 Years Ago
        People are just made that the Japanese came to America, kicked the Americans' asses and are now even competing with their sacred Corvette.
      • 7 Years Ago
      7:38...dang, that's what I thought it lapped the ring in.

      Considers dropping out of college and using student loans to buy a GT-R
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is it me, or is the final design not as good as the concept. I still love the car, but the front fascia looks quite boring and out of place in its final form. :-(
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