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The first round of reviews hit the 'Net yesterday in what was apparently a Euro-only embargo on driving impressions of the Nissan GT-R. The jurors from AutoExpress, Car and the Telegraph all came away from the drive with one resounding statement: this thing is fast! Adding that the brakes are the most impressive of any production car currently on sale. Lofty praise, no doubt.

While Car could barely contain its enthusiasm, AutoExpress and the Telegraph seemed to provide a more honest critique of the GT-R as a whole. AE's Oliver Marriage and Car's Gavin Green had some diverging viewpoints on how the GT-R handles low-speed cruising, but both recommend that jaunts around town are best when the seven-speed gearbox is left in "D." AutoExpress' scribe and the Telegraph's Andrew English were less than impressed with the ride quality of Nissan's new supercar, despite the dampers being set to "comfort" mode, with English saying that "even a Porsche 911 GT3 rides better."

A few other choice quotes include Green saying that the GT-R is "quick enough to make a Porsche 911 Turbo feel unexciting," continuing, "Quite simply, the new GT-R is the world's most multi-faceted supercar... An M3 beater? Easily. M5? Think higher. This car is faster, more high-tech, sharper, more capable."

We absolutely, positively can't wait to get behind the wheel.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      As I recall there were naysayers before about the functionality of the design as well but Nissan DOES claim a drag coefficient of 0.27 on this car which is pretty damn impressive for a car that has four (two and a half?) seats. Further, the number of 'young' people out there with money (whether real or borrowed) that can afford this car is pretty high right now, and, what with the size of the world shrinking thanks to technologies such as the internet as well as greater cultural appreciation, awareness is also very high. All of this will equate to greater sales I think. There will always be a market for higher end cars like Porsche et. al. however, the masses will always look for ways of keeping up with those Joneses. If a car company can find a way to get those people on board (assuming profitability on each product sold), then I would say the business model is a success. Either way, Nissan is taking a gamble, yes, but as stated by others in this post, if the car sells only well enough to keep afloat but helps increase the traffic in the showrooms, then they can rest well knowing they've accomplished a good thing indeed. Just my $0.02 worth.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, if you think the Enzo is an ugly car, you'll just never get it.

        At 18 you graduated from your "economic" and "cute" 25mpg Cavalier to your "mean" and "chick magnet" Camaro which you roll until you get married to the first waitress who gives you a free side of coleslaw with your Denny's Country Egg Platter. She'll "make a man out of you" and make you downgrade back to the Cavalier or Z71, but after years of putting a little away with every $40,000 paycheck, and after a second mortgage on the cookie cutter house on Mediocrity St, you'll someday work up enough scratch to put down that magical deposit onto your dream car: a brand new Corvette Z06.

        I know how much of an ass I look like right now, but quite frankly, I needed to get that off of my chest.

        Oh, and your wife is now fat and banging a local auto mechanic named Doug.
        • 7 Years Ago
        cD is the ratio of drag to frontal area. The fact that is a four seater with relatively upright seating actually helps them reduce the cD, by increasing the frontal area. It doesn't reduce the drag though, just the cD.

        Anyway, aero isn't an excuse for ugly in my book. The Enzo doesn't get a pass for its ugly "styling by windtunnel". This doesn't either.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Matt's Quote:
      "It's a shame all of the other cars are incredibly more refined.

      Typical Nissan "quality," for you."

      Really Matt? I read all three reviews and each spoke of the GT-R's quality being outstanding. In short around town jaunts, the car may prove to be more for higher speeds, but that doesn't make the QUALITY of the GT-R necessarily a lesser animal.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I am not a person who picks on Nissan quality too much. But you cannot measure quality by looking at and touching a car. And you can't tell it at first drive either. We'll know the real quality as the car is put into service. And I figure given the history of past Skylines, it should be pretty good.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If the only negative comments that the editors can think of is regarding the 'comfort'.. then they should give it a rest because this car is one mean machine. Who cares about comfort when you're in a car like this?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Some people said, "Nissan doesn't have the ability which makes a car on the same level as Porsche.".

      They begin to slander "the brand of Nissan" now when Nissan proves own ability.

      Surely, the brand of Porsche wins Nissan.
      but, they can't deny GTR.
      • 7 Years Ago
      have to lol about the UK articles

      sportauto was the first magazine allowed to drive the GT-R and they were part of Nissan´s testprogram at the Ring..

      Horst von Saurmas call the Nissan perfromance claims specially the under 7:40min Ring laptime "etwas kühn" little bit audaciously..

      • 7 Years Ago
      It seems on the initial test over on R&T that the US version has a slightly retuned (softer) suspension, but one that doesnt reduce handling. Also R&T found the left hand drive to be a little better balanced and Nissan confirmed this as the driver on the left helps offset the front diff and driveshaft weight which is slightly on the right side.
        • 7 Years Ago
        and automobilemag knocked its weight in slow speed parts of the track. they also got an awd warning light after 3 4500rpm launches. everyone seems very pleased overall though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeah well im sure its a great car and all. I mean it should be considering how long they worked on the bloody thing but its just so darn friggin ugly. Really just look at it... My god what were they thinking...??? The rear end is ok I guess but the front looks like it ran up the arse of a taxi or something... I would rather a 911 or M3 easily over that thing even if they are supposedly not quite as capable cars... Pass.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What GTR history? It is always trumpeted that GTR has such a great racing heritage, but there is almost nothing.
      No GTR car has ever won a big international racing series like European Le Mans Championship or American Le Mans. No GTR has won a big race outside of Japan. They have been in Australia, but the competition was not so great. It is easy to win against 4 cylinder engined cars or AWD against RWD in the heavy rain.

      The best GTR result in the famous Le Mans 24 Hours race was 10th. That's kind of lame for a car with so much hype, smoke and noise from the fanboys.
        • 7 Years Ago
        How is "American" Le Mans more international than "Japanese" GT? Back when cars ran much closer to stock than they do these days (like a modern Corvette vs modern GT-R race car is useless because the race cars have barely anything to do with the road cars, it could be Tahoe vs Cube for all it matters), basically all the big European companies (Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, etc) raced in Japan, and the GT-R consistently won races and championships back then. How is the Corvette winning a series where there's basically no competition more impressive?

        GT-Rs didn't race very often outside of Japan or Australia since there was no need for them to since they weren't sold elsewhere. However when they did go to places like Macau for one of the biggest international races in the world they won there for example. And the R32s had 100x more competition in Australian Group A racing than the Corvette has ever had in American GT1, a series that's been completely useless for years. And if the factory Corvettes went over to Europe to race in FIA GT1 against the factory Maseratis and such they may have actually had some competition, but they didn't, since like Nissan with the GT-R, what's the point of them racing somewhere that the car isn't sold.

        The GT-Rs racing heritage is at the very least as impressive as the Corvettes. To say it has none is simply ridiculous.
        • 7 Years Ago
        chris, why don't you watch American Le Mans some time? In most years there's only one American car on the track outside of GT1. It's a Panoz in GT2.

        The rest of GT2 is Porsches and Ferraris. GT1 (when it wasn't defunct) was Ferraris, Aston Martins, Corvettes and sometimes Vipers and Saleens.

        LMP1 and LMP2 are made up of Porsches, Acuras, Audis and race-only makes like Lola and Zytek.

        And then there's that the American Le Mans winners go to Le Mans itself and compete in a truly international field. The GT2, GT1 and LMP1 classes have been dominated by winners from ALMS for the last decade.

        And there's not been competition in GT1 for years? Someone should tell Corvette Racing that a 3 point margin of victory for the GT1 championship (out of 189 points) in 2006 was a walk away victory.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006_American_Le_Mans_Series_season

        That 2nd place team there, Aston Martin racing is actually run by Prodrive. The same people who run the Subaru team in WRC and used to run the BAR team in F1. you don't think they know how to put up a fight?

        FIA GT1 has nothing on American Le Mans GT1 most years. Most of the FIA GT1 cars are eligible to come to Le Mans and they have not had much success beating the cars from the ALMS GT1 series.

        Note Corvette Racing did go up against the factory Maseratis in 2005, although the MC12 was not allowed to score points since it didn't meet IMSA rules. The MC12 fared well, beating the Corvettes at times.

        I have posted before and I will post again that I do not have high respect for JGTC, even in the time period you talk about. I agree the cars were spectacular, but the series was not designed for foreign cars to be competitive, and most of the moneyed teams were running domestic cars anyway for sake of efficacy. ALMS perhaps sidesteps this issue by running (with few exceptions) under a set of homologation/equalization rules which don't even come from the same continent as the series is based in.

        Anyway, in sports car racing, there's not a lot of reason to argue. There's one race that has held sway for 50 years, and it's the 24 hours of Le Mans. Everyone can compete there, and many have. With French ownership of Nissan now, I expect we'll see the GT-R there soon. And in as much as you can settle questions about street cars by the hopped-up Le Mans cars that share so few parts with them, we'll be able to lay this to rest.

        It's too bad this can't be like 30-40 years ago when the cars that won Le Mans were the same cars you could buy. It's just not the same.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The GT-R doesn't have the success in racing like the legendary marques such as Porsche and Ferrari, but no other Japanese car comes close to it. Be fair and give credit where credit's due. This is the GT-R's first worldwide release. And it does have a lot of racing history:

        1st gen S54B: The first Japanese racer to lead the legendary Porsche 904 GTS in the 2nd Japanese GP in 1964.
        2nd gen KPGC10: 49 consecutive wins in Japan by 1972.
        4th gen HR31 : After only 193 of the 3rd gen KPGC110 were built (and none raced) this model made 400hp in race trim and raced successfully against legendary BMW M3s and Ford Sierra RS, winning many races against them.
        5th gen BNR32: The birth of Super HICAS all wheel steering and ATESSA ET-s AWD. These made 550hp in race trim and placed 1st and 2nd in it's racing debut. It went on to win all 29 sanctioned races it participated in over a 4 year period. This was the model to first beat the Porsche 911 lap time at the 'ring.
        6th gen BNCR33: A victim of rule changes in international motorsport, It continued to dominate Japanese racing. It's success is unparalleled in Japan.
        7th gen BNR34: Held the Nurburgring record until beaten by the 996 Turbo... a car that cost about twice as much.

        My point is that the car is the best from Japan. It was never sold in LHD markets because the turbo and intercooler plumbing on the RB28 made it almost impossible to do a LHD version. Even if you compare it's performance to the likes of Ferrari, BMW and Porsche (cars that have enjoyed sales success in every part of the world) it still trounces a lot of them. And is cheaper to boot. Face it: most people never even heard of the GT-R until after Gran Turismo. But that doesn't affect it's performance, or make it any less special. By the numbers, (the only thing that matters in performance evaluations... anything else is subjective) it has always been a world class performer.
        I'd save the racing comparisons for this new worldwide version until it actually races.
      • 7 Years Ago
      funny is that no one here at autoblog is interested in the only real europen GT-R track test.. done by sportauto driven by Horst von Saurma.. the GT-R laped in stock trim the Nürburgring in 7:50min driven by Hoorst von Saurma that is slower as a Z06 driven by the same guy... that is way off from a GT2 or GT3..


        • 7 Years Ago
        Post a link to that article if you have it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        that is also slower than a z51 vette

        • 7 Years Ago
        @ franz
        http://www.sportauto-online.de/test_U_technik/fahrberichte/hxcms_article_508540_14469.hbs

        attention this article is in german language

        Auch wenn die von Nissan für den GT-R selbstbewusst in den Ring geworfene Zeit von „unter 7.40 Minuten“ etwas kühn klingen mag, so weist die vom Autor trotz einer noch feuchten Passage in einer der Schlüsselkurven des Kesselchens gefahrenen Zeit von 7.50 Minuten doch eines aus: Der GT-R ist ein Renner. Und wenn die Preisansage von Carlos Ghosn auch Ende 2008 noch Gültigkeit hat, dann wird er bestimmt auch einer.

        Even if the overconfident claimed time from Nissan for the GT-R, from under 7:40min sounds little bit audaciously, the from the author (Horst von Saurma) with a dampd section in on of the key turn of the Kesselchen section (between Bergwerk and Klostertal 1) driven time from 7:50min shows one thing, the GT-R is a runner. And if the price claim from Carlos Ghosn is still tru at the end of 2008 he(the GT-R) become one.

        Just for the record.. the 7:38min time was driven with two damp sections... one at Exmühle and one at the same spot at Kesselchen..

        sportauto has driven the GT-R 100km at the Ring..
        • 7 Years Ago
        yup. NO ONE is interested. and NO ONE really CARES!

        the GT-R is still a superb car, and all the japanphobic haters can just go and swallow their bile. NO CRITICISM, valid or invalid, is going to dent the backlogged orders on the long waiting list.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @wudy

        GT-R fanboy wrong the track was perfect dry...
        only a single turn in the Kesselchen section was damp..not wet.. has next to no effect on the laptime..that exactly is what Horst von Saurma has wrot in his article...
        • 7 Years Ago
        @wudy

        were I live you can´t buy camry but I am in less than 90minutes at the real Ring.. and my mom drives a Mercedes.. and I bet I am older than your mom..
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like the white, reminds me of my 72, 240Z, which was virgin white.

      Of course the usual suspects are there making their bogus arguments about how all-wheel-drive doesn't work in the snow/ice, with performance street tires designed for dry warm conditions. Well Duh, that's why everyone who's actually into driving, and not just a poser who's never picked up a wrench in their life has more than one set of wheels. Every Subaru STI or Mitsubishi Evo owner who understands rubber, and lives in places where there is snow and ice, buys a set of light weight rims to put their low-profile sticky tires on, and puts a set of taller all season tires, or rally snow tires on their stock rims. And when the weather turns bad they slide their floor jack under their car and swap wheels, the whole operation taking about 10 minutes with an air hammer. No doubt thinking GT-R owners will do the same, making this an all season performance vehicle.

      Of course this never occurred to geniuses like Rob and why not the LS2/LS7 because the only people who work on their vehicles are the mechanics they pay to change their oil, they wouldn't know a transaxle from a transfer case if you put a gun to their heads.

      For those of you who read the Telegraph article, take notice of this quote "You must try to push the throttle before you get to the apex of the corner, so you can see the system working," this is something I'm familiar with having driven a high-powered skyline in the past. You can drift these cars through corners on pavement like no other, except maybe a Mitsubishi. The Skyline can claw its way out of a corner, like a cat on steroids on carpet. It really is something that must be experienced to be understood. Try to do this with the rearwheel drive car, even one set up for drifting, and you'll wind up in a spin.

      It's funny that the people who run their mouths, and are most probably the ones who don't know how to drive at all, would come off looking like Michael Schumacher behind the wheel of an older Skyline, or this GT-R because these things really are so easy to drive once you get the hang of it. Of course these are the same people who will either never get behind the wheel of such a car because of their prejudiced morons, or if they do they'll try driving it like a 69 Camaro, or a new Mustang.

      As to those people who are talking smack about the looks of this rare beauty, laying the Nissan GT-R before your eyes is like holding up a rare Black Pearl in front of a pig and expecting them to appreciate it, pearls before swine.

      No doubt you're the same dudes who go to the gym and are intimidated by any woman packing a little muscle. You guys need stick figure babes and cars in order to get excited, otherwise everything starts going limp and flaccid. :-)
        • 7 Years Ago
        Well said. This argument about summer tires is ridiculous and redundant. Anyone who's lived in a place where it snows already knows what kind of tires can handle it, and swap accordingly come winter time. That's why the 18" high performance tires come off my G35x in the winter and the stock 17"s go on with all season rubber. This car has a far less sophisticated version of Nissan's ATTESSA E-TS awd system and it works just fine in the snow. And I have a 480+hp Evo IX and it absolutely loves the snow when I bolt on tires that are meant for it. Hell, my old '89 Civic winter beater handled well enough on snow tires.
        And I grew up in the Caribbean, and I've owned R32, and R33 GT-Rs, as well as Evos III through VIII. And one thing I can tell you for sure is that these cars get better with every iteration... without fail. Bet against this GT-R if you like, but you're gonna look like an idiot at the end of the day.
        • 7 Years Ago
        BTW, I read another bit somewhere. The McLaren F1 engine (BMW V12?) is 580lbs. It makes something like 550HP too.

        Even with tricks like Nissan is playing, high HP brings a lot of weight. It almost feels like we're well into GT car territory and a return to true sports cars (lightweight in the British style) is on the horizon.

        I'll be on the lookout for the LS9 (supercharged 6.2 Vette engine) weight. I doubt GM will publicized it much since with the extra stuff it'll weigh more than an LS7, so we'll have to wait until the crate motor department gets a hold of it (IF they do) and creates specs for it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Dude, I'm just messing with you, the same way you mess with me. :-) I didn't mean to hurt your feelings, if I did I apologize. :-(

        By the way, you were right about the weight of the Corvette engine being less, the 2006 ZO6 LS7 engine is 490 lbs. while the GT-R engine, with its turbos and intercoolers, weighs 551 lbs. I don't know what the new supercharged Vett engine with intercooler weighs, perhaps you can find out for us.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I really love how everyone is commenting on the car's quality and no one has driven it. Apart from a few journalists who have been wined and dined by said company and it's competitors, that is.

      Why not refrain judgment until you've driven the thing?

      Until then, all of this armchair racing is pretty tiring.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Agreed. I'm all for being openly critical about something based on "what you've read" particularly with cars, because often you can only go on what you read. What a lot of people forget is the idea that you can be socratic about it by actually considering what others are saying rather than defending your opinion as if something was actually at stake. Some people who post here just go over the top.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wonder if Nissan has already release the GT-R catalogs/brochures...marketing. I am interested to see if Nissan will keep the GT-R a right hand drive vehicle for the U.S. market also. Hmmm...interesting.
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