• Feb 5, 2009
The internet has been abuzz with chatter ever since it was revealed that Nissan had updated the software that governs the GT-R's launch control and was instructing all of its dealers to reprogram every vehicle in dealer inventory that had yet to be sold with the new software in a bid to keep additional transmissions from grenading.

The changes limit the maximum RPM that the car will sustain with the VDC switched off to around 3,500, a big reduction from the 4,500 limit of the old programming. Additionally, the software update adds a new, safer form of launch control that allows takeoffs at 3,000 RPM while the VDC remains active. Inquiring minds want to know: Would those alterations still allow the GT-R to hook up hard enough to reverse the earth's rotation at the drags?

We have some good news to share with Godzilla owners that are contemplating whether or not to have their cars updated with the new software. A bone-stock GT-R with the reprogramming has been timed at 11.34 @ 120.85 MPH with an excellent 1.69-second 60′ time. That result compares rather favorably with quarter-mile runs recorded by cars with the initial launch control programming. Thanks for the tip, ViperACR!

[Source: Drag Times]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      You know, it's remarkable. The old GT-R's had transmissions made of demented radio-active steel that refused to break. Why not just throw an old 6Speed R34 in these, and call it a day Nissan? Instead of spending millions upon millions trying to make the Nerds happy?
        • 5 Years Ago
        There is no doubt that if some company tried they can make a bulletproof 6spd manual for these cars that doesn't impede comfort and streetability. If a Viper or ZR1 can handle it, why not this car? You might need a slightly softer clutch to absorb some of the shock due the AWD setup, but the car's handling will still be there. It might cost much more than a normal 6spd manual, but it'll still be cheaper than the paddle shifted box.

        I have a hard time believing that 3500 RPM is enough RPM to NOT bog this car out of the hole. Let's face it, if somebody were to make a 6spd manual for these cars, the automatic cars with the update would be losers at the drag strips when they are getting killed out of the hole.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The older Skyline GT-R would break transmissions left and right. Rather than stuff you hear on the internet, I have been working with the cars for 10 years now in the US.

        Its always funny what the internet mechanics think.

        http://www.gtrusablog.com/2008/06/broken-3rd-gear-nissan-skyline-gt-r.html
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree with you to an extent Sean. As the owner of a GT-R myself (I'm in Canada), you and I must both know that the transmission is well capable of handling 500 horsepower reliably. Anything more then 600 however, and it tends to spontaneously combust unless it does not have the properly backed up internals, driveshaft, clutch, flywheel, cranks, etc etc. You and I both know that a new bone stock GT-R could handle it's power well with a 6 Speed from a BNR34. However, when you would consider tuning it, that's where in the issue would lie.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Steve ,

        The standard R32/R33 5 speed if banged hard enough - aka driver error will break with 300-350 hp. I have had many of them break here in the US. However I have also run 10.7@137 mph on a stock trans. I was shifting easy into 3rd, running Shockproof Heavy gearoil, and a sprung hub clutch.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MSXwrv0ObQ

        In the World Challenge GT-R - 450 wheel horsepower, with the 6 speed , we would go though a Getrag every 3 track days or so. They break shift balk retaining rings. All wheel drive cars are hard on the driveline. That is why on the race car we switched over to a $24,000 AUD Holinger sequential transmission.

        I have worked on a lot of GT-R's. R32, R33, R34's over the last decade. I am pretty sure I know what I am talking about when it comes to GT-R transmissions. http://www.gtrusablog.com/

        I have talked about what I consider the problems with the R35 GR6 transmission. The fluid , and wheelhop are two big things that cause issue for this transmission. http://www.2009gtr.com/2008/10/how-to-fix-nissan-gt-r-transmission.html
      • 5 Years Ago
      Don't pay for the looks...pay for the performance. I just got to drive one yesterday and the car feels fast and ready to blast off just going in reverse out of its parking spot.....I think I am in love....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Can someone else confirm, they are saying the GT-R can achieve a 1.69 second 0-60 time? That has to be a typo or I am missing something.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's 1.69 seconds to 60 feet, not 0-60 mph
      • 5 Years Ago
      Won't bash the GT-R

      but after this update - and if I were one of the owners who's trannies broke because using launch control that was set too high from the factor I would expect my $20,000 back.

      By them changing the parameters of the launch control its the same as admitting "something" wasnt right. And if something wasn't right in from the factory why were people getting stuck with the bill?


      • 5 Years Ago
      This car looks amazing, I don't understand why people think it is ugly. Mostly just people who are insecure that it's japanese and have to immediately start talking about the zr-1 (don't get me wrong I love American cars too, but I'm not afraid to like something from Japan or Germany more).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is the transmission still covered under warranty even though the launch control were performed with VDC off after the software revision?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The looks of this car has grown on me. i dont find it ugly anymore.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I didn't reiterate. I simply stated that different != attractive.
        I'm mostly posting to lol at my low rating though.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I disagree. It looks like nothing else, and that is what makes the styling so great.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's because you are looking at it from the back. The front still looks horrible.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @jv2k:

        Your subjective statements were clear the first time. Reiterating them just makes you look insecure. K thx.
      • 5 Years Ago

      The only Japanese supercar now available.
      • 5 Years Ago
      At a DA of -2185 feet! Wow, those are quite optimal conditions.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder how far a stretch it is to say that Nissan initially programmed the launch control too aggressively at first to grab the headlines for being so quick, and then tone it down to prevent blown transmissions. Its probably unlikely, I'm sure...
      • 5 Years Ago
      i'll finally be able to sleep at night...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ok I'm confused... So you are now allowed to launch it, as long as the VDC is active and they won't void your warranty? Not buying it!
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's 1.69 seconds to 60 feet, not 0-60 mph

      Thats because this Fugly POS can only go 60 feet before the Tranny is toast. Some old Jap crap, different day.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You are stupid. Please stop.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If the transmission break with LC, the car doesn't move. Sorry, you weren't very funny.
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