• Mar 24, 2011
2012 Nissan GT-R takes on Nürburgring – Click above to watch video after the jump

Nissan loves spending time in Germany. We imagine that Nissan engineers have passports filled with German point-of-entry stamps. However, they've likely only spent time in one specific area: the village of Nürburg, Germany.

With the GT-R now producing an extra 45 horsepower for model year 2012, Nissan went back to the Nürburgring last October with it's updated super coupe to see how much time it could shave off the old car's best lap – a blistering 7m 26.7s. The result? With a new lap time of 7:24.22, how does a hair quicker than the Maserati MC12 sound?

That time doesn't just place the 2012 Nissan GT-R ahead of the Maserati. Other cars with slower times include the Pagani Zonda F Clubsport, Ferrari Enzo, Porsche Carrera GT and a host of other expensive, hard-to-pronounce exotic machines, at least according to Wikipedia. Since there is no official governing body that records Nürburgring lap times for production cars, it's hard to say which ones really do have the lowest lap times. From what we can tell, the Dodge Viper ACR and Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 are still quicker than the 2012 GT-R.

Follow the jump to watch the run for yourself, which we just found on YouTube for the first time today, but note that the driving action begins around the 3:09 mark.

[Source: Youtube via Motor Authority]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      sorry,but to say Porshe GT2 rs is more fast is not true. because you have to put 7 sec.more on is time,because his race is short then Viper ACR.the real time is 7.25 on the Nurb.never trust German car guy,often they lies.now the 7.24.22 is more fast then Porshe GT2rs.go Godzilla go.
      • 3 Years Ago
      it's time an electric car put all these crude steam locomotives in their place.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Electric cars are a fad
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anyone know who the driver is? I won't comment on the legitimacy of the car, but I will say that they probably could have got a few more seconds if Hans Stuck or some other 'Ring maestro was behind the wheel.
        • 3 Years Ago
        ...or could have lost a few seconds with yet another driver. Too many variables: driver, tires, weather, traffic. Not to mention the super-long lap distance.
      • 3 Years Ago
      MMMM whitch Best Motoring chapter is this video from??? anyone have some idea?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Hahaha! You saw the one with the 400R almost winning the F40!!?

      • 3 Years Ago
      Ok Nissan, why not?? I lapped the Nordschleife in 3... walking!
        • 3 Years Ago
        And I have to say I love the GT-R one of my favs cars and stuff, but Nissan is going over the line...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Still love the car, but that lap timer, regardless of car spec is bogus by a couple of seconds at least. The timer started/stopped in a different spot.
      • 3 Years Ago
      While this is awesome, I bet you a Z06 carbon is probably faster..
        • 3 Years Ago
        doubt it
        • 3 Years Ago
        Wow, what makes you think that? Given that most "official" ZR1 times pit it as slower than the GT-R (which has multiple video records of its record setting times) I would like to know why you think a slightly lighter Z06 would somehow slot in between a mythical ZR1 time and this GT-R time (difference of 2 seconds).
      • 3 Years Ago
      Same thing with the Ferrari press cars. a highly tuned and prepared GTR goes really fast on the track and no other driver can get close to that time in a stock GTR.

      other reasons why new cars are so fast compared to the older cars is that the tires have evolved greatly over the last few years, cars with AWD profit the most from that and the Ring itself has become smoother and faster in many places.
        • 3 Years Ago
        EVO did it in a car without the limiter and was no close. And they even did a run with the Porsche too, and it was MUCH more closer to it...

      • 3 Years Ago
      where in the hell am i going to go, that has to be that fast? i go get groceries........
      • 3 Years Ago
      lewazzinaroillus
      • 3 Years Ago
      sadly, for all of nissan's crowing about nuremberg lap times and such, as someone stated earlier,...it really doesn't seem to help this cars sales numbers,...they still sell practically squat,...yeah,...this edition bumps sales up to what,...say 250 a month nationwide,..., then it's numbers will return to the absolutely pitifil 30 a month they were selling before this one,...sad truth is,...sooner than later, ...nissan will have to admit this things a sales dud,...and pull it's plug,...wealthy folks want a car with power, prestige, performance, and panache,...gtr has 2 out of the 4,...but rich folks also want that prestige factor,...not enuf young ones that have the ka-ching to spend on a gtr,...yes, a few,...but the great number of well-heeled folks will still opt for that old stand-by,...yes,..the gtr's hated nemesis,...the porsche 911, which, even in this crappy economy still sells over 500 a month, and have consistently for years and years,...nissan i predict will tire of this "loss-leader",...and kill it sooner than later,...sadly,...cause it is an amazing car!
      • 3 Years Ago
      "From what we can tell, the Dodge Viper ACR and Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 are still quicker than the 2012 GT-R."

      Meaning, no matter how amazingly the GT-R's components may work together, nor how incredible the feat of engineering Nissan's teams achieved, it still can't escape physics. I'm curious what the car could do with some massive weight loss; as it sits, a 2012 Premium weighs 3829lbs. With the complexity of that AWD system, you'd probably have to strip the entire car down to Super GT spec though, thus defeating the entire purpose of it being a street vehicle. Hmm...time for Nissan to have a look at Ferrari's 4RM...

      And the Chevy website for the ZR1 says the lap time was 7:26.4, but I swear this is a typo. I'm pretty sure I've seen it less than that by at least two seconds.
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