• Nov 24, 2008
The Nissan GT-R is slap-your-mama fast, which has led to some dustup on the internet surrounding voided warranties when using the included Launch Control. Contrary to a previous report that Nissan intends to drop Launch Control from the 2010 GT-R, Motor Trend's blog is reporting that no decision has been made yet and we've heard the same thing from Nissan itself. The bigger point that MT goes on to make is that even without Launch Control, the GT-R is still brutally fast. When the magazine got its first crack at the R35, testers did an acceleration run just for giggles with all the electronics aids active except for Launch Control. The result? 3.9 seconds to 60 mph by just mashing the skinny pedal all the way down. That's enough speed to keep the GT-R running in the same pack with which it's already been lumped, and with the computers doing the work, there's no risk of stalling at launch and getting smoked by a '93 Duster. So what've we learned? Without risking a $20,000 transmission replacement, the GT-R is still a rocket.

[Source: Motor Trend]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Hmmm, a 3.9 0-60 without launch control... seems like a good reason to drop the feature from the next model year. The car is still retarded quick, and you won't blow it up.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I've been wondering, why can't they just make the launch control a bit less aggressive so the transmission can handle it? A few tenths is a small price to pay for consistent, warranty-approved performance that is still faster than doing it (semi) manually.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car has been in the car news SO much that recently, I found myself skipping any article mentioning it. Well... except this one obviously because I had to post for it but regardless, it's getting seriously boring.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So, now it's about a half second slower 0-60 against the cars that it was previously neck and neck with?

      It's most comparable to the Z06 and 911 Turbo(the 911 Turbo was actually Nissan's benchmark). All 3 ran 0-60 in 3.4s with very similar 1/4 mile times(the GT-R 0.1s slower at 11.8s @116.5mph) during a recent R&T test, it was also several mph slower than the other two as well.
      http://www.roadandtrack.com/assets/download/0508_ct_GTRZ06911_chart.pdf.

      The loss of LC(if it happens) will make it that much slower all the way down the line when it was already losing time to them even with LC engaged.

      The bloom is coming off this rose little by little.

      It's still a great performance bargain but not the World-beater it's claimed to be by some.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Still fast enough for me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The choice was pretty easy for me on the Z06 vs GT-R dilemma... during GM's employee pricing campaign (2 months, IIRC), I was able to get my Z06 for about 12k under sticker (which was about 22k under what the dealer wanted before GMEP).

      About a 15k price difference out the door sealed it for me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I recall the Gallardo LP-540 (I think that's the right model number, I forget) has a launch control system. Read about it on MT or somewhere, and they were saying how using it wouldn't void the warranty, unlike the GT-R.

      Just what I've heard.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It would have been helpful to list the 0-60 time with Launch Control in your article. I'm not one of those guys who memorize that kind of stuff.
      • 6 Years Ago

      GT-R is the most publicized car of 2008.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I actually saw a right-hand-drive R34 GT-R the other day. White, with a natural carbon-fiber hood, and wearing a Mississippi plate. First GT-R I've seen, new or old. I'm still wondering how the guy got it into the United States.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "The Nissan GT-R is slap-your-mama fast"

      It's fine writing like this that keeps me coming back to Autoblog.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, that really is insanely fast considering the price. OK a Z06 may be faster on the dragstrip but this GT-R is quite a bit more technologically sophisticated than that and is much easier to drive.

      Actually, I'm kinda glad I don't have $80k, how on earth do you choose between a Z06 or a GT-R???
      • 6 Years Ago
      Better double check every word MT publishes. They just climed some time ago that new mazda3 will have a 1.6 rotary engine...
        • 6 Years Ago
        On a completely different approach, that would be awesome.
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