• Dec 23, 2008
Click above to watch video after the jump

The Samurai Speed Nissan GT-R you see above (the one on the right) is a total bad ass. With over 600 horsepower and several other performance-enhancing tweaks, it can do a 10.5-second quarter mile run at a ridiculous 128.42 mph. Samurai Speed has obviously tested Nissan's notoriously finicky Launch Control over 100 times without a single hiccup... until now. The $20,000 tranny recently took a dirt nap on the drag strip with the cameras rolling, and we have video of the carnage after the jump.

You can't hear the tranny fail on account of the other GT-R at the line, but onlookers said the nuclear transmission sounded like a "bunch of metal dominoes in a line and Tiger Woods came by and hit them with his driver." Ouch. It's pretty obvious that Nissan won't be picking up the warranty tab for this GT-R, so Samurai Speed plans to beef up the transmission on its own dime in an effort to continue cranking out incredible times.

[Source: Drag Times]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Those of you comparing to Corvettes, STOP. The GT-R and Corvette are entirely different cars. They serve different masters.

      The Corvette delivers a raw driving experience. You get the power of a supercar for a fraction of the price combined with amazing reliability. This is because Corvette basically uses a pushrod truck motor with a beefy manual. With a pushrod V8 and a fantastic manual, its hard for Corvette not to be reliable. But all that comes at a price. You need to be good to drive a Corvette fast, just like you do with any manual high-powered vehicle. Corvette might make it easier than other FR cars, but its no GT-R in the "anyone can drive fast" category.

      This is where the GT-R shines. It too delivers supercar performance (maybe not as much as the Vette, but still better than 90% of its competition) at an incredible price. The difference is anyone can put up good numbers in a GT-R. That DCT allows the vehicle to do that hard work for you. The AWD system helps correct your mistakes. Give the average person a GT-R and a ZR1 and they'll do much better in the GT-R. Want to put down a magazine perfect 1/4 run? Just stomp on the gas. Want to take that turn fast? Don't worry about traction, the AWD and control systems will take care of that for you. Don't quite know what gear is appropriate when rocketing out of a corner? The DCT knows. Fact is the GT-R is really really easy to drive really really fast. Of course like any other product convenience comes at a price. With the GT-R the price is reliability. You just can't expect a car with all that complex electronics to compete with a tried and true pushrods and manual combination for reliability. Its inherently disadvantaged.

      PS I'm no Nissan fanboy, I drive nothing but domestics and I'll defend the pushrod V8 until I'm blue in the face and then some. Also I'd take a ZR1 (or any car with a proper manual) over a GT-R.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Don't tell me what I can and can't compare.

        Also, no amount of computer gimcrackery will make it so you can take a turn as fast on the wrong line as on the right one. So you still need to learn how to drive to drive fast in a GT-R.
        • 6 Years Ago
        i like how frylock says 'don't compare vette and gtr' then goes on a multi paragraph comparison of the vette and gtr
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is gettng pretty pathetic. These transimissions are failing at a pretty high rate. I would bet you these issues would not happen with a Ferrari (any of them) Porsche 911 or the new ZR1 Vette. And its been proven time and time again that the stock TT Supra transmission can hold some pretty high power numbers. My hard earned money would never go to one of these GT-Rs. I would much rather have a Nissan Z even.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That video is boring as heck.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Quick, someone tell the Japanese they can defeat Godzilla by adding 120hp, who needs Mothra?
      • 6 Years Ago
      It look like Nissan needs to either Beef up the Stock Transmission, or make a Nismo Transmission that can handle Aftermarket Tuner's Power Levels.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Nissan clearly stated that they didn't want the car modified so why should they upgrade the tranny exactly ?
        Furthermore that car as over 100 launch and a good part of them with more than 600hp and drag radials.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ouch, $20K for a tranny seems just a tad expensive...
      • 6 Years Ago
      oops...
      • 6 Years Ago
      now you can just get a Xtrac or a Hewland and change it to rear drive only
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's funny how people insist on drag racing cars that aren't designed for drag racing. Any REAL drag racer goes for consistency, not speed. If Samurai Speed plans to continue drag racing the GT-R, I think they'd be better off ditching that fancy-schmancy bucket-o-rice tranny with one designed for drag racing and some real horsepower. A Dedenbear Superglide transmission wouldn't bat an eyelash at the mere 600hp this engine puts out. And with a tranny that can actually deliver consistent ET's, they could start making money at the dragstrip, rather than blowing it on fragile, overpriced trannys.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bet you a Porsche GT2 wouldn't do that...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Meh I would rather see nissan charge an MSRP of $95k and include a more robust & reliable transmission that can handle aftermarket power levels - you know "overengineered"

      Case in point, Toyota Supra's 6 speed can easily handle 600hp. BPU supras have been running for years without transmission implosions. Im not comparing the supra to the GTR, rather pointing out a manufacturer that overengineered some essential components to ensure the car would last with some mods.

      As for the comments that any car will implode a transmission at the strip. Not all transmissions are equal, borg warner trannies in vettes, vipers and shelby's have been holding far higher then stock HP levels for years at the 1320.

      The nissan unit I believe was partially a cost decision as they wanted an affordable MSRP. We all know they could have specd out a tranny that could handle far higher power levels, but at a much higher cost. In short, the transmission in this car is "just enough" but falls short in the aftermarket dept.
        • 6 Years Ago
        even at $95k it would still be a money loser for nissan
        • 6 Years Ago
        All the cars you talk about are 2WD. None of them can do what a GT-R can do stock, even in modded form. So really, you don't have a point.

        Thes fastest Supras use modified Turbohydramatics or Powerglides - GM auto transmissions. None of them have the DCT like a GT-R does, so your whole point is the most blatent use of apples vs oranges as there ever could be.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Tourian,

        You kidding me? Stock no, but modded a Supra on all stock internals will waste an R35 on a drag strip. You can get 480hp out of a 2JZ-GTE just by messing with boost/tune. Most overengineered engine ever to come from the land of the rising sun.

        The R35 is a fantastic car, but when it comes to raw speed, a stock anything vs modded anything is going to fall in the modded car's favor. If you said modded Chrysler minivan vs Lotus, I'd put my money on the minivan.
        • 6 Years Ago
        lol

        Mcspeed, you don't have a point because Supras are 2WD (lol) and we all know that the transmission handles the AWD capabilities in the GTR R35 (lol x2), and not a separate trans-axle in the rear of the car (lol x3). As a matter of fact (another irrelevant point here) all the fastest, and by fastest I mean drag Supras, use powerglides and so on, because it completely matters in this argument that the GTR's transmission just plain sucks (lol x4).

        I think what Tourian is trying to say is that the Nissan GTR needs a powerglide transmission in order to be worth the 80K+ dollars.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The transmission doesn't handle the AWD, but the transmission in an AWD vehicle suffers a lot more stress than a transmission in a RWD or FWD vehicle. Reason is that when you're launching you now have 4 wheels fighting their traction limits and pushing back through the awd system to the transmission.
        The Supra was definitely overengineered, but in this particular case it's very hard for an AWD sports car to come with a transmission that'll let you use launch control on it 24/7 without breaking down without causing the price of the car to skyrocket.
        It's hard to overengineer the transmission in a AWD car unless you have Veyronesque budgets lol.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Car of the Year. LoL. The Japanese have us by the balls.
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