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The Nissan GT-R has a relationship with the famed Nurburgring in Germany like no other modern car. It has brought the track back into the headlines by taking out much more expensive hardware with a blistering, though unofficial, lap time of 7 minutes, 29 seconds. That number has since been eclipsed by the Corvette ZR1 and Dodge Viper ACR, but remains ahead of the GT2 despite Porsche's accusation that Nissan ran a less-than-stock GT-R. Well, the GT-R in Japan is getting some upgrades for 2010, and Nissan is reportedly headed back to the 'Ring to see what it'll do. The changes include a slight increase in power to 485 PS, or about a 5-horsepower bump, as well as a new compound Dunlop tire and suspension tweaks. Other mods include a larger fuel tank and some very minor cosmetic changes that won't make a damn bit of a difference on the track. Will the GT-R be able to best its 7:29 lap time? We're guessing they wouldn't bother to make the trip if they weren't certain there were at least a couple of tenths to shave off. Thanks for the tip, Sean!



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      • 6 Years Ago

      The most publicized car of 2008.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I gave your comment a thumbs up because it gave me a chuckle.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really wish they'd take the Viper ACR out there some substantial time...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can't you Autoblog guys find a more attractive picture of this car?

      Oh, I guess you can't. Sorry. Nevermind.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It would be easier if the car was more attractive.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If it can beat the ZR1 on 285PS, it is well beyond the realm of what I thought possible!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Faster or not than a Vette, it's a better car by light years.

        Vette owners need to put their pen&ses back in their pants and just take it gracefully. There's more to a car than mere speed.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It will do it under 7 minutes. Probably 6:25.14

        It only makes sense.

        5 Japanese hp = 1000 American HP

        Oh and power to weight ratio is irrelevant.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "There's more to a car than mere speed."

        Like a 100,000 mile powertrain warranty which doesn't assume you're a poseur.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Watch and learn, dear customer, what will make your warranty go boom.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Isn't this kind of a crappy time of year to be running at the 'Ring, no matter what kind of car you're running?
        • 6 Years Ago
        If you read the article, they admit to that, but they also give plenty of evidence why even despite the deficits, there aren't 30 seconds of laptime left to take out. -- The GT-R has that legendary AWD, remember? That should help it out in low traction scenarios. The basic gist was that even the *only* 520hp 911 GT2 was simply annihilating it in the straights, and mostly keeping up in the turns.

        Compared to the GT2, the ZR1 is lighter, has 130 more hp, and has more mechanical grip (larger tires). The ZR1 went to the ring on a good day, and was only just able to beat Nissan's claimed time. Nissan's claim is an undeniable load of crap.
          • 6 Years Ago
          Actually this would make Porshe's claim an undeniable piece of crap.

          7:55 in the wet an cold.

          Sport Auto got 7:50 just in the warm and wet.

          Both of those do NOT support Porsche's claim of 7:54 in the dry. Liars.

          Lets analyze this further, the GT2 got 7:49 in this test. 6 seconds faster than the GT-R on Bridgestones.

          Porsche's fastest time is a 7:32. 6 seconds faster than Nissan's 7:38 on Bridgestones.

          Though this is not proof, it was borderline retarded for these journalists to conclude that this proved the Nissan was slower than the GT2.

          Nissan literally claimed a GT-R would be 6 seconds slower than a GT2 on Bridgestones, and those are our exact results in this case. Even though condition A = condition B is the only real way to verify.

          Even the journalists said the Dunlops should shave time off. And its anybody's guess how much.

          When the music stops, only Porsche's claim is left without a chair.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder how many months they'll spend to get a good ring time this time around. Seems like they were there for weeks and weeks last time.

      I prefer the Viper method.

      Unload Car,
      Jump In,
      After 4 laps, Set a Record,
      Go home.

      I guess maybe they'll have to go back in next year when the nissan guys finally finish and do it again.

      I'm just joking with you nissan fanboys. All in good fun. :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      They better be careful and not use Launch Control. It will void their warranty! OOPS!
        • 6 Years Ago
        i believe LC will be removed for the next GTR revision.

        and really give launch control jokes a break i feel like stabbing every AB launch control joke with a rusty knife
        • 6 Years Ago
        The second might state the same info as the first, but it also bombards the troll's inbox, and that is better.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I just think it's funny Foto's second comment is higher ranked than his first, even though they're identical.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes, launch control is the most important weapon for a quick 'Ring time.

        /sarcasm, just for the few dumb people floating around
        • 6 Years Ago
        A couple of people break something, and people act like every cars transmission is going to fall out of it.

        All it takes is one loud person, to rile things up. 999 quiet ones don't make a sound.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe they are going to put snow tires on and claim "fastest lap around the Nurburging in a production vehicle with snow tires!"

      Has to be it.
      Carlos
      • 6 Years Ago
      What if it goes slower this time...?
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        they claim they're just doing development work, and keep their mouths shut.

        • 6 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        THEN you start to cheat. When are they planning this trip?? Not the most opportune timing weather wise in the next oooo 6 months.

        • 6 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Then they'll keep trying?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Still butt ugly, still dominated by the ZR1, still locked down from the factory.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's stupid that this thing is getting lauded over by the auto industry. Its predecessors were something to drool over, this is just a bunch of whiz bang flash that isn't worth the attention.

        I love the fact that they hand built the engines, but can't keep the specs in line, much less have to custom build the transmissions. If any other manufacturer did this, they'd be shot in the groin for pulling that kind of joke; and if any of my auto shop owning friends couldn't give a solid answer of what their work would provide, they'd be out of business fast.

        Never mind that noone's given Nissan a good kick to the groin for locking down this vehicle. Again, if any other manufacturer tried that, where you could only really use the car on tracks *they* approved, there would be no end to the uproar.
        • 6 Years Ago
        CrypticJ
        You have NO idea what you're talking about. Stop posting.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The zr1 BETTER be faster. It has a lot more power, a lot less weight, and a lot more price. If it was slower that'd just be embarassing *cough Porsche cough*

        Why are you so insecure about this?
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