• Apr 28, 2008
Click above to watch Jay Leno enjoy his time with the Nissan GT-R

Autoblog is brimming with proof that Jay Leno is the luckiest car guy in the world. His legendary garage is only attainable in our wildest dreams, so when something like a Nissan finds its way (temporarily) into his stable, it deserves note.

The latest installment of Jay Leno's Garage is dedicated to the Nissan GT-R, with the late-night talk show host poring over the details and grilling Nissan's product planner, John Weiner, on what makes the GT-R special. The range of topics includes all the stats you've already memorized, Nissan's efforts to quell GT-R tuning and Leno's immeasurable joy that he can check the dipstick himself. Leno maintains that it's a vehicle he could get "emotionally involved with." We agree, so without further ado... Mr. Leno, the floor is yours.

Make the jump for the latest installment of Jay Leno's Garage.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      "They did...it was up against the Corvette Z06 and 911 Turbo...it smoked them both."

      i read a similar compariuson in the evo mag(maybe we both read the same test)

      corvette was faster than the gtr in a striaght line(o-100mph) but the giuys at evo also countyed the time it took to stop them(o-100-0) and they were nearly the same
      i go the impression that they were being biased towards the
      0-100mph the vette beats the gtr by 0.4 seconds. 0-100-0 it lost by 0.1 second and even then evo admitted that was due to their drivers fault. ofcourse on a track teh vettes not mach for the godzilla

      i personally hav never liked these skylines. their looks always put me off, specially the r34.
      i dont see whats wrong in saying that. gtr fans act like we have engaged in blasphemy or something. why should we not say anything negative about the gtr?

      positive side of the gtr:
      handling
      tech
      brakes
      acceleration
      that touch screen thing inside
      FOUR WHEEL DRIVE

      negative side:
      FOUR WHEEL DRIVE
      looks bland to many ppl
      interior not luxurious
      interior bland for every1
      top speed not enough for a car of this capability
      corvette has more low end torque


      a message to all the gtr lovers out there:
      dont feel insecure about your loive for this car. i know that awd gives more grip an all, but some prefer the rwd driving pleasure. also about the interior, i know its a track focused car and VERY good at that too(happy now?) but i just happen to like balanced cars

      i know this car is good but i just dont feel any... emotion.

      so please no attacks on me. i understand the gtr enthusiast position, its that instead of crying and srcreaming(like gtr fans do on any1 saying anything negative about the gtr) just accept the fact that some ppl just want more top speed, better looks and better interior.

        • 6 Years Ago
        funny that all the "vettdefender" guys always come with the same reason of why the car isnt good as the magazines and testers stated.
        the 1/4 mile ACELERATION results.
        FINE we around the world already understood "WE LIKE TO GO FASTER IN STRAIGHT LINES"and the reason why the gtr results are better,its because is computer machine "who takes the drivers skill out of the matters and the pleasure of beeing a REAL driver".NONSENSE.
        SO I HAVE A MESSAGE FOR YOU ONLY,PERSONS LIKE ME WHO DRIVE A GTR EVERIDAY HOME TO WORK AND AT WEEKENDS ON MOUNTAIN PASSES,WE LIKE VERY WELL BALANCED CARS,A REASON WHY A CORVETTE NEVER WAS EVEN REMENBER AT IT .
        WELL ANY AMERICAN CAR IS EVEN REMENBER AT ANY PLACE IN THE WORLD AS A WELL BALANCED (EXCEPTION FOR FORDS)AS THEY ARE THE ONLY AMERICAN BRAND TO HAVE WORLDWIDE TITTLES IN GT AND WRC.
        INSECURE?NAHH...IN MY CASE I DEFEND THE CAR BECAUSE PEOPLE LIKE YOU COMES WITH THE SAME "EXCUSES" ALL THE TIME.LIKE THE INTERIOR TRIM.
        IVE BEEING IN BOVE CARS A C6 AND THE R35 AND YOU RIGHT THE QUALITY TRIM IN BOVE MACHINES HAVE NO COMPARISON,THE NISSAN IS FAR BEYOND BETTER.(PLASTICS,SEATS,LETTER,EQUIPMENT)SO WHEN I READ SUCH STATEMENTS I FEEL IN RIGHT TO MADE A ARGUMENT.
        "in my case"I WRITE IN BIG LETTERS TO MAKE SURE FOR GUYS LIKE YOU THAT "TASTE "ITS A PERSONAL MATTER,BUT SINCE(IN THE GTR CASE)THE CAR HAVENT EVEN ON DEALERS IN AMERICA YOUR "REASON" IS JUST STRAIGHT FANBOYSM,AND THE
        SAME GOES FOR THE DRIVEHABILITY QUESTION,YOU NEVER DROVE THE CAR,BUT "KNOWS" THAT IT LACK FEELING AND BALANCE.
        So like i pointed you,who looks just a narrow minded person, can have your own opinion,but CANT have expectation that anyone who disagree with it,will not feel in the right to make an argument.

        AS FOR WELL BALANCED CARS,A V8 7.0 LTS 500 HP WITH 470 lb/ft with start pwer band of 2500 rpm on a FRONT MOUNTED engine car with RWD and long gear ratios is far really far of beeing a well balanced machine,(A FUN ONE I GIVE YOU THAT)but WELL balanced ?nope.
        And thats why the corvette racing car comes with GUESS WHAT?a sequencial automatic with short gear ratio.
        its your taste aniway,but dont MESS with MY BELOVED BRAND.








          • 6 Years Ago
          Did you read what the person who i replied wrote?
          exactly the same as you.
          " I dont care even if it does slightly beat the vette I dont want a car that drives itself. Where is the fun in that."
          did you drove a skyline in any trim to know if the car is NOT"well balanced "or" drives it self"probably not.
          so like him you preconceive what the car is by what you want it to be .
          Since i drive one everiday and in the r35s case all those who tested said the car is amazing,where you and all these people get your INFO its a MISTERY for me.
          BUT ITS YOUR PERSONAL OPINION RIGHT?
          SO USING YOUR SIMPLISTIC LOGIC:

          NORMAL GUY:I LIKE PEPSI MY KIND OF DRINK.

          CORVETTE GUY:I LIKE COKE,AND I DONT CARE IF ANYONE SAYS PEPSI IS GOOD TOO,FOR ME IS TASTELESS AND I ALREADY MADE MY MIND.COKE UNTIL I DIE!!!!!!!

          EVERIBODY ELSE ON THE WORLD:???????
          • 6 Years Ago
          Why are you guys so defensive about the gtr. I dont care even if it does slightly beat the vette I dont want a car that drives itself. Where is the fun in that. Nobody is saying that the gtr is a piece of crap or that the vette is way better we just like something different than you.

          Normal person: I like pepsi.
          GTR Guy: I like coke and your stupid because coke is better.
          Normal person: ?????
      • 6 Years Ago
      To me the GT-R seems to target alot of the current generation more then the older(and also with more money) generation. Its a sweet car indeed, but the high techness of it makes me not really care for it. Sure the gauges are customizable and blablabla, but I would rather prefer installing my own gauges and slapping them on my dash. I would also lean towards a Z06 more as well, as I tend to lean towards American made. That being said I don't dislike foreign cars, I love alot of foreign cars. The GT-R to me is like a Macbook Air, its pretty, fancy, latest and greatest, but do you really need it?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Aesthetically >>> meh
      It's not a Skyline, it's not a Z, but it seems the worst of a merger between both :/
      • 6 Years Ago
      I saw a white one today in Bombay (Mumbai), India : )
      • 6 Years Ago
      It is a marvel of techo-wizardry indeed, but for those saying its a "super value for 70K" is BS. Every single Nissan dealership in the US is going to be selling these for $100K+

      I live in the real world -- and all this MSRP stuff will not apply for a long while till the market is saturated. If you want to talk value, talk real dollars. Take a Z06 (i just bought one for 68K brand new) and put 32K in mods to it and then throw it up against the 100K GT-R and see who wins.

      Until I can go into a nissan dealership and walk out with GT-T Keys for right around $70,000 then the whole "best value" argument is invalid. I tip my hat towards the GT-R, really its nice, but its' not for me.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Take a 74 VW Super Beetle, and put 20K in mods, see who wins

        Take a Pagani Zonda F, and put 0K in mods, see who wins

        What's the point?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Take a 350Z and put 30K+ in mods and throw it against the Z06 and let's see who wins

        Take a Civic and put 50K in mods and throw it against the Z06 and let's see who wins.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ummm, sorry to see you have spent all that cash already, but you can today walk into several dealers around me and walk out @ MSRP and even walk out of the deal when the car arrrives if you don't want it and it will cost you nothing.

        The only thing missing from your 'walk in and walk out' strategy is the car, yes, you have to go on a waiting list until it arrives, but MSRP and zero mark up are real at multiple dealers no matter what you are reading on the web.

        I appreciate both cars, but for me as much as I like the GT-R ( a lot) I would not spend anything over 40K (if i had it) on a sports car with an Auto or even a paddle shifter. I also, like others here, want to drive a sports car, not be driven like a cab ride.

        But that GT-R looks like 1 hell of a fun cab ride, so congrats to Nissan and to new owners, they are getting a fine machine.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ummm, sorry to see you have spent all that cash already, but you can today walk into several dealers around me and walk out @ MSRP and even walk out of the deal when the car arrrives if you don't want it and it will cost you nothing.

        The only thing missing from your 'walk in and walk out' strategy is the car, yes, you have to go on a waiting list until it arrives, but MSRP and zero mark up are real at multiple dealers no matter what you are reading on the web.

        I appreciate both cars, but for me as much as I like the GT-R ( a lot) I would not spend anything over 40K (if i had it) on a sports car with an Auto or even a paddle shifter. I also, like others here, want to drive a sports car, not be driven like a cab ride.

        But that GT-R looks like 1 hell of a fun cab ride, so congrats to Nissan and to new owners, they are getting a fine machine.
      • 6 Years Ago
      it's funny how he says he feels it having 550bhp, since that's what i have been hearing all over the interwebs.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Auto launch??? Are these features so the bad drivers can pretend they know what they are doing. I prefer racing people instead of computers. If I wanted to race computers I would go home and play forza.

      That aside doesn't seem to bad but I think ill still take the vette.
      • 6 Years Ago
      for some reason Jay Leno does nothing for me as a car show host. I'm glad he wont be on Top Gear
        • 6 Years Ago
        thats why he said he wouldnt host
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well to be honest... this isn't a show, it is just a hobby for him , basically Jay a few cameras and some kid editing it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      OMG - first off, I love Datsun/Nissan. My first car was a 510, done up to race. My second (and a current of my stable) a 240Z. Raced a 240 with a 280 engine. BUT, I have to say I'm not sure what's more disgusting - the "mouth agape" grill on the GT-R, or Jay Leno's paychecque for poorly-delivered jokes!! Neither ha any redeeming qualities and the grill is just a distraction on an otherwise INCREDIBLE machine! Unlike Jay's poor delivery, the GT-R delivers HP, torque and handling. One thing they have in common though - a big mouth and protruding chin!
      Jay said: first Japanese supercar....he's obviously never been to Japan and seen some Jap-only issues vehicles!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeap... Jay Leno sure has a good life :)

      • 6 Years Ago
      I still think Jay would be the perfect fit for Top Gear America. Mabey Jay could do his own spinoff of Top Gear on network TV and call it "Jay Leno's Garage"!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      wonderful car
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