• Nov 14th 2007 at 3:41PM
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UPDATE: Video of live reveal added after jump

click above image for high-res live shots of the U.S.-spec Nissan GT-R

Not only did we finally get to see the new U.S.-spec Nissan GT-R for the first time on these shores, but we also found out how much it will cost when it goes on sale next June in the States. Starting at $69,850 or slightly more for the premium package, this 7:38 Ring lapper represents a true performance bargain. In fact, with its twin-turbo 3.8L V6 churning out a healthy 480 HP and 430 ft-lbs of torque, this AWD supercar may bump the Z06 as the best bang-for-your buck when you factor in the practicality of its design. Fans of the new GT-R are well-versed in what they get for that money and can now see the undisguised face and tail in American trim. Carlos Ghosn himself revealed the car after we were teased with a quick animated trailer in which the GT-R led a certain German Turbo around various tracks and roads, seemingly without working up a sweat. That aforementioned Ring time certainly seems to back up the performance claims. Look for the GT-R in a select group of Nissan dealers that meet specific and stringent certification standards by early summer. Pre-orders will start in January, but we suggest you buy a tent and start camping out now.


All New 2009 Nissan GT-R Comes To North America –
Multi-Dimensional Supercar Available in June 2008

The all-new 2009 Nissan GT-R, the fifth-generation of the legendary Nissan supercar, makes its North American debut at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show in November, following its worldwide debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 2007. No longer the unobtainable object of desire on a video game or in the movies, the GT-R will be available on sale for the first time in North American in June 2008.

GT-R is a multi-dimensional performance machine that lives up to the concept of "the ultimate supercar that can be driven by anyone, anytime, anywhere" and achieved a lap time of 7:38 around the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife, one of the fastest times achieved by a production-spec vehicle to date.

Packaging and Driveline Suited for a Supercar
The new Nissan GT-R is built on an exclusive all-new Premium Midship platform. This new platform enables the use of a world's first independent rear transaxle ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system, which optimizes weight distribution and handling capability. This layout places the transmission, transfer case and final drive at the rear of the vehicle, without the use of traditional torque tubes, allowing the suspension to operate independently and optimizing tire grip at each corner.

Under the hood, the Nissan GT-R features an all-new hand-built VR series 3.8-liter twin turbo V6 producing 480 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm and 430 lb-ft of torque @ 3,200 to 5,200 rpm, while meeting ultra-low emission vehicle (ULEV) standards.

The all-new VR38 engine, named VR38DETT, features innovative plasma-sprayed bores replacing cast iron liners for reduced friction, lighter weight, enhanced cooling, power output and fuel efficiency; a symmetrical independent intake and exhaust manifold system featuring twin high-performance IHI turbochargers; a secondary air management system for improved cold-start emissions performance; a thermostatically controlled oil-cooling system; an oil scavenger pump to maintain oil flowing to the turbochargers; and a lateral wet and dry sump oiling system. All GT-R engines are hand-built in a clean room environment at the Nissan Yokohama engine plant.
The VR38DETT is backed by an all-new, paddle-shifted GR6 sequential 6-speed dual clutch rear transaxle, which can be driver selected to shift at race car-like speeds. The sequential-shifting transaxle features separate wet clutches for the odd (1,3,5) and even (2,4,6) gears and pre-selects the next highest and next lowest gear for immediate shifts. It also features Hill Start Assist for easy starts on uphill inclines.

Contributing to overall vehicle balance and low center of gravity, the unique offset input and reaction shaft design of the GR6 rear transaxle enables a shorter design profile versus a typical manual transmission, moving the concentration of powertrain weight lower in the vehicle.

Putting the power to the ground is an electronically-controlled ATTESA E-TS all-wheel-drive system specifically developed for GT-R. The rear drive-biased system can vary torque split from 0:100 to 50:50 depending on speed, lateral acceleration, steering angles, tire slip, road surface and yaw rate. Of note is a special GT-R-specific yaw-rate feedback control, which measures the differences between the target yaw rate calculated from steering angle and actual yaw rate detected by the yaw-rate sensor and G sensor to adjust torque bias.

Handling duties are managed by a sophisticated 4-wheel independent suspension system mounted to high-precision six-point front and rear subframes.

A special Bilstein DampTronic driver adjustable shock absorber system utilizes multiple vehicle information systems to provide appropriate damping forces and high level of control for a variety of driving situations. The DampTronic system features three driver selectable settings - Normal; Comfort, for maximum suspension compliance; or "R," for ultimate handling. The same three-stage adjustability is available for the VDC system and transmission shift operation, which also includes a Snow mode.

Stopping power is provided by Brembo mono block six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers with large 15-inch Brembo full-floating cross-drilled two-piece rotors and low-steel high-stiffness brake pads which minimize fade and provide intense stopping performance. The calipers utilize race car-style radial mounting to minimize caliper flex during extreme braking.

GT-R-specific lightweight forged 20-inch wheels, with special knurling to assist with securing the tires during hard acceleration or braking, are shod with nitrogen-filled Bridgestone high-performance summer run-flat tires specifically designed for the GT-R, sized 255/40ZRF20 front and 285/35ZRF20 rear. High-performance Dunlop all-season tires are also available.

GT-R's Signature Functional Design – High Performance Aerodynamics and Style
The Nissan GT-R's styling follows the "function over form" theory. Every styling aspect, from the overall design to the smallest details, is created to maximize the vehicle's driving experience – as well as suggest GT-R's "supercar" level of performance. Utilizing advanced aerodynamics, GT-R's aggressive styling evokes the lines of a well-trained athlete, combining strong character lines with smooth and solid areas.

The all-new GT-R's hybrid body construction is created with a combination of steel, carbon fiber and die-cast aluminum, providing a unique combination of stiffness, precision and lightness. The body features a low coefficient of drag of 0.27 while achieving high front and rear downforce, providing stability and handling performance in a wide range of driving conditions.

GT-R's front fenders express power and stability, while the "aero-blades" on the fenders' leading edges provide optimum airflow around the tires and along the body. The vents in the fenders' trailing edges assists in providing front downforce and optimizing side air flow. The aggressive front end, with a large hood budge and single central air intake, provides a sophisticated style as well as undisturbed air flow for power and cooling.
New "super wide beam" headlights feature three additional sub-reflectors (compared to conventional lights) to give a wide illumination spread.

The Nissan GT-R's four-passenger cabin features a sloping "aero blade canopy" roofline and curved C-pillar "sword edge," which expresses the distinctive GT-R identity, as well as facilitating air flow around the rear of the vehicle. The signature rear view of the GT-R is provided by its hallmark four-ring taillights, while air flow above and below the vehicle is managed by the functional rear carbon fiber underbody diffuser, rear spoiler and large, integrated quad exhaust tips.

GT-R's advanced technology is present even in the vehicle's paint, which utilizes a durable anti-chip paint and "double clear coat" process. A special seven-coat silver paint color is available, which is baked five times and is also hand-polished by craftsman.

An Interior Suitable for Daily Driving or Supercar Duties
Key to the Nissan GT-R's usability as a both daily driver and a high-performance machine is its interior, which is designed to balance functionality and comfort. It provides comfortable four-passenger seating and trunk capacity of two golf bags or suitcases.

Sculpted performance bucket seats give the driver and passenger a comfortable driving experience, and soft pads are utilized on the dash in front of the passenger and both doors to give an extra level of comfort. The rear transaxle layout of GT-R, with a flat floor and narrow center tunnel, allows GT-R to have an optimal driving position.

A cockpit-style instrument panel surrounds the driver, with all meters and multi-function meter at a uniform height to minimize the driver's head movement. A large center-mounted tachometer, with gear display on its upper right, as well as the easy-to-read graphics of the display, gives the driver instant detailed information, essential for the performance nature of the GT-R.

Functional style is also evident in GT-R's interior – each meter features a dial plate design that evokes the idea of engaged gears, as well as a three-dimensional metal-like ring, suggesting the multi-dimensional performance of GT-R. A large, metallic-framed center console features an ergonomically designed shift lever and a red "engine start" button.

The centerpiece of the instrument panel is a video game-inspired multi-function display. Eleven pages of information are available on this system, including mechanical and driving information, acceleration, brake pedal pressure, steering angle and a recording function with playback. Additional on-screen information includes a Navigation system, enhanced entertainment system with a Music Box Hard Drive and a Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System.

An available specially-designed 11-speaker Bose® audio system features two forward-facing woofers in the rear center armrest area. Rigid aluminum die cast panel-mounting of all speakers allowed Bose engineers to perfect the acoustical performance of the GT-R sound system.

High-Performance Safety Technologies
The Nissan GT-R offers a long list of safety features, including, for enhanced visibility inside and out of the vehicle, high-mounted LED stoplights, bright LED rear combination taillights, "super wide beam" headlights, heated door mirrors and flat-blade windshield wipers.

Standard safety equipment includes a Nissan Advanced Air Bag System for driver and front passenger, front seat belts with pretensioner and load limiters and tension reducers, and three-point ELR/ALR rear seat belts. Driver and front passenger SRS Side Air Bag System and SRS Curtain Air Bag System are also available.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nissan is setting up its GT-R customers for a big failure when the production car comes out. Given the GT-R's weight and HP, its time around the ring just doesn't correlate with other cars putting up similar times.

      Yes, there's more to lap times other than HP and weight, but within this class of cars and lap times, it is presumed that suspension geometry and handling is superb.

      Even if the GT-Rs handing and AWD system is on another level, I still don't think that will account for the time difference. If you look at the other cars putting up similar times, one must question whether another other variable has to come into play, whether that be tires, an underrated engine or whatever else.

      Just look at the Carrera GT. The Carrera weighs 3043lbs and has 605bhp and 435 lb-ft of torque yet can only muster a 7:32 around the Nurburgring. Meanwhile the Nissan GT-R weighs in at 3,836 lbs and produces 473hp and 434 lb-ft of torque, but is only 6 second off the Carrera's pace. Something just doesn't add up. Which means...

      1. The car is making more power than 475hp and is modded.
      2. The car has a lower weight than 3850lbs and is stripped.
      3. The car was running slicks.
      4. Not only did they run it from a rolling start, they timed it with a fucking stopwatch.

      Likely scenario? All above.

      Mizuno's is also stating the GT-R ran a 1/4 mile time of 11.7 @149. Yeah, right. A trap speed of 149 is what cars running line 9 trap. In 110 degree weather? Keep pulling my leg Mizuno.

      "Mizuno's numbers are impressive: 3.5 seconds to 60 mph (in 110-degree weather, no less), 11.7 seconds to the quarter mile at a t rap speed of 149.1 mph. He says the GT-R will tear up the skidpad to the tune of 0.99 g -- even on 20-inch run flats -- and stop from 60 mph in only 111.5 feet. Top speed is targeted at 192.6 mph, though it will be governed to 186 mph. Notable, however, iss that while these stats beat his 911 Turbo numbers and those recorded by other magazines, they don't beat ours."


      The Z06 ran a 7:44, bone stock, and did it from a stop on shitty all season rubber using the track timers. When the production GT-R does the same and runs anywhere near as good, then I will be impressed.

      • 7 Years Ago
      The $70,000 price tag makes initial comparisons with the Corvette Z06 inevitable. But I think after the first round of head-to-head comparisons, the GT-R's 3800 lbs handicap will become apparent around any track, if not on the street. The Corvette, while admittedly using some old engine technology, has incorporated plenty of high-tech and racing derived technology and materials (carbon fibre, magnesium, etc.) to keep the weight down to 3150 lbs. That's significant, and perhaps MORE significant than hp (see the performance of a Lotus Elise with an 190 hp engine?)

      As an added bonus, the C6R/Z06 has some serious racing credentials (several LeMans victories and ALMS championships)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ok, the styling is weird, but at least it's unique. Personally, I would rather have this than a Z06. AWD, twin-clutch, all the computer wizardry...this thing will make lesser drivers feel like track kings. It's like an Evo only bigger and badder. I see no reason to hate on this car...it is totally bad ass and if you say otherwise you need your freaking head examined. The Vette is rock and roll...the pure sports car. The GT-R is its techy Japanese arch-nemesis. I can't wait to see the shootouts.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Evo X has a superior AWD system by far. I'm surprised all this car does is split the torque front and rear.

        Competitors here include:
        Z06, 911 Turbo and GT3, F430, the upcoming Audi R10, Ford GT.
        The M3 and RS4 are technically sports coupes and don't compete.
        • 7 Years Ago

        The RS4 is a SPORTS SEDAN, and the M3 also comes in a sedan variant for 2008.

        And the Evo and GT-R both have excellent AWD systems, so let's leave it at that. I'd take any of those cars but naggs is making me personally hate the Corvette now...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I see you guys mentioning power to weight, but do you think the AWD system has anything to do with it?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Something I tried explaining in a reply on the first page.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Even wider front tires or moving the front axle to fix the weight distribution doesn't overcome the fact that the front end of the car moves around more than the rear in corners, and so moving the weight away from the front (to mid engine or rear) improves the performance in situations with many quick direction changes.

        Even AWD and turbochargers can't beat physics.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What a nasty, aggressive, tough, looking front-end.

      When that front-end fills your rear view mirror, there will be no doubt as to what's behind you.
      • 7 Years Ago
      All of you quoting HP numbers really don't know Japanese car history. Remember when all Japanese cars were rated at 276hp when in reality they were making in excess of 300hp. I take the 470hp number with a grain of salt since the Japanese manufactures aren't as obsessed w/ hp numbers as they are w/ lap times. I've driven a 2006 Z06 and it was fast as sheez, but the tail would always threaten to get loose. You Z06 fanboys should actually drive one before making the braggadocios claims about the car's handling. Its a rocket in street trim, but hates turning. The racing version is a completely different car!!! The GT-R is a better street car because it handles. Its that simple.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I won't relate my test drive, I'll let you know when I buy it bubba. And if you need legal advice in Atlanta, then talk to me.
        • 7 Years Ago
        So I shouldn't talk about the Z06 until I drive one, but you then go on to say the GTR handles like a dream.

        So, perhaps you could relate your test drive of it to us?

        Oh, you haven't driven it? Take your own advice.
        • 7 Years Ago
        vette will out handle a gtr and just about anything that doesnt make 1000 lbs of downforce or weigh 1000 lbs less

      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, $70k for some Nissan dressed up like a kit kar? A "huge performance bargain" you say? Umm, OK.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I don't know what you really could call 0-60 in 3.5, 193 MPH, 1/4 in 11.7, $70,000 and a 7:38 Ring time other than a huge performance bargain.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Don't be hating, and you clearly don't know what your talking about.
        • 7 Years Ago
        you sir, are a moron, if you knew the first thing about the GT-R you would know it's racing history, and that it's not just "dressed up Nissan"
        • 7 Years Ago
        I hate what I'm sure you consider a ricer too, but this car and it's heritage are a whole different animal. This car rocks.
      • 7 Years Ago
      One thing is for sure, you're much more likely to kill yourself in a Z06. Multiple car magazines have hinted that it's an evil handling beast on the track at the limits. This thing will eat it for lunch in the hands of most drivers. Kudos to Nissan.
      • 7 Years Ago
      wow! "why not the LS2/LS7?" and "NAGGS" are two of the dumbest people to grace this earth! truth is shoved in there face and they still dont see it. ignorance runs deep, and shallow if you know what i mean... you cant win with them because they just dont know anything. they will lie cheat and steal just to get there own way. curve the truth if they have too.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Under $70k? Wow, C&D predicted $85k. No 6-speed manual is a bummer though. I can see DSG being surperior on a track because you can just pull the "triggers" on up and down shifts but on the street a clutch would be much more fun. Still you gotta love the Japanese for their seemingly impossible pricing/packaging!
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Nissan GT-R is legit. Nissan brought one to my local track (Laguna Seca) and the car laid down a 1:39:xx, which was just a tad faster than the 911 Turbo.

      Most people focus on how much power and how fast the car is, but on a track like Laguna Seca, braking is just as important (for example the braking zone as you approach Turn 2) and the GT-R's brakes seem to hold its own against the legendary Porsche brakes.

      - TC

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      • 7 Years Ago
      As badass as the Z06 is... the GT-R will be far more liveable as a daily driver, you can haul 3 of your best friends with you, and I'm willing to bet that 90% of people can drive the GT-R faster than a Z06 due to the handling friendliness of the AWD system and the DSG tranny.
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