• May 1, 2008
When the 193-MPH Nissan GT-R set a lap time of 7:38 last year at the 'Ring, besting cars like the Porsche GT3, Lamborghini Murcielago, and Mercedes SLR, the Nissan team was disappointed. There were two damp corners on the track, and everyone was quite sure that the car, piloted by official test driver Tochio Suzuki, could go faster.

Now it has. With a completely dry track, the base model Godzilla-san wearing stock Japanese-market tires shaved 9 seconds off its previous best time, posting a lap time of 7:29. On that same lap, it leapfrogged the Porsche GT2, Koenigsegg, and SLR 722 GT. Now it's flashing its headlights at the Carrera GT and Pagani Zonda F Clubsport, both about one second up the road. So if the standard model on stock tires does 7:29, and the more powerful, lighter GT-R V-Spec has already been casually clocked at 7:25 -- betting on what the GT-R's ultimate best lap time will be begins now... And did we say it can all be yours for $70,000? Damn. Check out Nissan's official presser after the jump and our First Drive of the 2009 Nissan GT-R by clicking here.


[Source: Nissan]

PRESS RELEASE

GT-R ACHIEVES UNDER 7:30 AT NÜRBURGRING
- GT-R among the fastest ever production road cars at the 'Ring' -

Nissan today announced that its GT-R supercar achieved a lap time at the infamous Nürburgring in Germany of seven minutes and 29 seconds. Recorded on April 16 and 17, the GT-R used was a base specification car and fitted with the standard Japanese market tyres. Driven by GT-R chief test driver Tochio Suzuki, this latest lap time beats the previous fastest time for the GT-R by nine seconds.

The previous best lap time for GT-R of 7:38, also driven by Suzuki, was one of the fastest laps achieved by a production car despite conditions being slightly damp on two corners.

"At last year's testing, we were frustrated by the conditions at the Nürburgring, always believing that the GT-R could go under seven minutes 30 seconds," said Kazutoshi Mizuno, Chief Vehicle Engineer for GT-R. "Below seven minutes 30 seconds, the GT-R proves it is among the fastest mass-production cars in the world. We set out to build a multi-performance supercar accessible to anyone, anytime and anywhere – I believe the GT-R has delivered that promise."

Deliveries of the all-new GT-R began in Japan in December 2007. Sales in the US and Canada start in July and extend to Europe and other markets over the next 12 months.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      lol wut
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't have the slightest idea on how to respond to such a claim....7:29? And we all went crazy over 7:38....
        • 6 Years Ago
        None the less this report reeks of inaccurate reporting. The carrera GT, Koenigsegg and the Zonda have all done the ring faster. These are all production cars, am I missing something here?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Inflated numbers or not, hype or not, true or not....

      I think the best way to validate its true speed is to get the Stig to get his hands on one of these and drive it around the Top Gear test track.

      It's still my favorite form or reliable independant testing
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nissan has been CLAIMING a lot of things lately.

      I can't wait for this car to be tested by PRIVATE OWNERS on a track against other privately owned cars.
      Will all the GTR fan bois continue to lurk message boards when the car is put to a true test?
      I will be here to remind them of all these threads and posts. =)

      If the GTR can outperform a Corvette ZO6 in MULTIPLE laps (like in a REAL race) I'll be happy to give the GTR it's earned respect. But, I have a feeling these numbers will be proven to be just HYPE and the Corvette ZO6 will REMAIN champion.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Howie:
        Don't feed the trolls.
        • 6 Years Ago
        So respected AMERICAN car mags such as MoterTrend, Road&Track, Car&Driver...are all idiots and under the control of Nissan...think first before you speak plz.
      • 6 Years Ago
      $70,000? Good luck I am on the list at my local Nissan dealer and the price is "Unknown" but most likely $50k markup.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm sorry, why does the 3100lb car in this fight get donged for being a straight-line car?

        The Corvette is not a muscle car. It never was. It's always been a good road racer, even back with the blue flame six.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Vette is not and has not been a muscle car. It hasn't has a solid axle since the 50s. A big motor doesn't make a muscle car. Is the Bugatti Veyron a muscle car?

        Muscle cars were modified versions of regular 4-seat coupes with big motors and little else. The Corvette doesn't have a rear seat, and is a handling car. It's a sports car, not a muscle car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @why not ls2/ls7

        corvette was never a muscle car? u serious?

        quick question, what was the engine on the 60's vette? did the 70's have the 427ci option? who are you kidding that it wasn't a muscle car. it was gm's halo muscle car. sure the camaro had similar motor options, but that was a mustang fighter.
        • 6 Years Ago
        No Nissan is worth 130k, this is exactly why it should have been an Infinity.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not Nissan's fault. The msrp is about $70k. Blame your unscrupulous dealer for trying to rape your bank account, not Nissan. I'm gonna buy a GT-R too, but there's no way I'm paying that much over sticker for it. I don't have the need to own it first, so I'll wait till the prices come down. They will eventually.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I find it truly pathetic that this user "Proud Japanese" isn't even Japanese in the first place.

      He is obviously of a different ethnicity only trying to disgraced and embarrassed the Japanese name.
      Obviously he hates and has a grudge against Japanese products.

      Just ignore him.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder what Nissan Engineers can do if they were told to build an exotic supercar costing 10x the price of the GT-R?

      • 6 Years Ago
      Im sure the respected american magazines are something worth noting.. but at the same time, when has the media not been bought, or been used as an indirect marketing campaign for something or other.

      Those magazines want to get the nice cars, so they can review them, so that people will read the magazines..

      Nissan has a great campaign going, who wouldn't want to jump on the bandwagon?
      • 6 Years Ago
      MikeofLA, but you are comparing a car (GT2) that is more than 2x money to the GT-R. I think the GT2 would have a hard time matching a GT-R Spec-V in performance.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Even though it's only fair to mention price, I don't think that matters that much when we are talking about cars so high up the ladder, we are talking about supercars trying to hold their crowns. Even though Porsche isn't that high up the ladder in luxury there is still some kind of badge prestige that comes with a Porsche.
        I don't think he meant that the GTR or Spec-V is any less if a GT2 can beat it. I suppose it is only fair to mention the price but some of the cars like the carrera gt and pagani that the GTR can almost beat and a load of other cars it has beat is already a couple of times more expensive.
        I mean despite GTR having such great performance for it's price, I don't think that is the sole measure people to use to pick which cars they like. If that is so, then even the corvette should be a good pick for all people. But some people absolutely hate that car (same goes for GTR), no matter what kind of bargain performance you get.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I agree this car is amazing, but the New Porsche GT2 (Road & Track, May '08) is going to beat it IMHO. It beats the Carrera GT in all aspects of handling; stopping, Skidpad, slalom and acceleration. So, on that basis, since the GT-R has not passed the GT, I think we have a contender... a much better looking one to boot.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have a deposit on a GTR with my local dealer , I also have a few other toys of similar pedigree. I follow the ring times of manufacturers quite closely , but chalk this up to nothing more than marketing hype. The GTR is closing in on some factory built race cars that weigh 1/2 as much and have more HP.. I have to hand it to the Nissan marketing crew a lot of you seem to be eating up what they tell you and asking for more. I get the feeling if they posted it was faster than an F1 car a lot of you would agree and attempt to justify it. Nissan has been burned before spinning tales of BS...
        • 6 Years Ago
        The 'ring is also not the best place to get a objective measure of track performance though. Conditions change greatly depending on when you test it, and a lot of people don't take that into account. That and the driver.

        I agree though, you should take it with a grain of salt. You shouldn't be basing your decision to buy a car solely on highly subjective track times.
        • 6 Years Ago
        They may be hyping this car up, but you are acting as if they are the only ones that have tested this car. Even on shorter-tracks, a whole wide-variety of auto magazines have pitted this car against cars like the GT3 and it still smacks it around.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I jsut laugh at the people who have never been in a fast car , get all their facts from the internet and claim to be authorities... The last test I saw between the GTR and a Gt3 had the GTR faster by less than a second... Now it's beating the GT2???

        be serious.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The 7:29 time is blowing the internets mind. In a few weeks, they will release the video and getting the same media coverage again, all over the internet.

      Nissan made some changes to the suspension/ subframe / mounts.

      I think this time they ran on the quicker Dunlop tires than the Bridgestones.

      Killing it. http://www.2009gtr.com
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