Here's your daily dose of incredulity – AutoExpress is reporting the 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo will hit 60 miles per hour in two seconds. Okay. The report comes from an unnamed source that AE spoke with at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and would mean that the GT-R Nismo, a car that will likely sit below $150,000, will be able to outsprint (over short distances) a 1200-horsepower, $2.58-million Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.

Citing a more potent version of the GT-R's twin-turbocharged V-6 along with a healthy drop in weight, AutoExpress says that the performance is the result of the same group that helped develop the Juke Nismo, Williams Advanced Engineering. An unnamed engineer for Williams (it's not made clear if this is the same source from Goodwood) notes that there are improvements to be had "even with a car like the GT-R."

As exciting as the GT-R Nismo is going to be, we're having a hard time accepting that it will be able to hit 60 in two seconds flat, at least on street tires. What do you think? Have your say in Comments.


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      John Bryans Fontaine
      Too bad that it still looks fugly.
      Robert Fahey
      • 1 Year Ago
      Probably not on sand.
      pheasant601
      • 1 Year Ago
      I once had a hard time believing anything other than a hypercar Veyron or Ferrari could hit 60 in less than 3 seconds so I'm not sure what's true any more. But the current one does it in what 2.8-2.9 seconds... Lopping nearly a whole second off that time is prrreeeeetttyyyy unlikely. Even if it had 1000hp, there's no way. This thing will need tires made of Spiderman's sticky web and the drivetrain will need to make a deal with the devil to run that fast.
      BipDBo
      • 1 Year Ago
      At this point, it's not a matter of available power, it's a matter of the static friction coefficient between the rubber and the road. To get 0-60 in 2 seconds flat, you need to average over those two seconds, 1.37g or in other words, beat the acceleration of free falling in a vacuum by 37%. All of the power in the universe won't do you any good if the rubber can't cling. Is it possible? Of course. NHRA cars do it in much less time, but they're not exactly using DOT tires. A GTR could be built to go 0-60 in 2 seconds flat, but it would definitely need some warm drag slicks to do it.
        Buzzskyline
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BipDBo
        I should have read your comment before a posted mine. You said it better than I did.
      ngiotta
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Ariel Atom 500 does it in 2.3 seconds with 500hp and a 1,213lb. curb weight (traction limited). A standard GT-R weighs about 3,800lbs and does 0-60 in 2.7 seconds with 549hp-- which is amazing. Even so... to shave 7/10ths on such a heavy car would require a lot more power and/or a lot less weight. It doesn't compute. Then again, this thing already does 2.7 with "only" 549hp. That's the same 0-60 as a Koenigsegg Agera R.... If they were able to shave off 300-500lbs somehow, it might be possible.
        bonehead
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ngiotta
        The atom cant do the feat any faster because of traction. you can see from those specs above just how much AWD and electronic traction control wizardry can successfully apply power. But you are right will take an amazing amount of change to pull that off. massive weight reduction, power increase, and even improved traction.
      LT1
      • 1 Year Ago
      If the current car is capable of 2.7 sec to 60 the ONLY way to get it down to the lower number is to do a combination of things as the article has stated. 1. Significantly reduce the weight. Shoot for 3000 lbs. which may be possible but unlikely. 2. Significantly increase the horsepower. Shoot for 750hp or better 3. Greatly improve the tires. Offering a "street" tire which is not much more than a slick with a couple grooves in it. 4. Bulletproof the drivetrain (transmission, diffs. and axles to allow hard consistent launches which won't destroy the car. 5. Launch control that gets 100% of the power to the ground 100% of the time (nearly impossible as horsepower levels climb to the needed amount).
        Sean
        • 1 Year Ago
        @LT1
        So to sum it all up: make it lighter, more powerful, more reliable, and give it barely-legal rubber. Isn't that common sense?
          PatrickH
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sean
          Yes, but it's HIGHLY unlikely to happen if Nissan wants to keep the sale price of that car under $250k
      mitytitywhitey
      • 1 Year Ago
      At some point, if the GT-R stays in production, it will go faster than its current version. I know, I'm gifted with the powers of observation. There is a lot of untapped potential in the engine. There are also a lot of loaded goodies that come standard on the car. So the question is how soon will they go from 2.99 to 1.99. They already cut it down from 3.9. Took them 4 years though. I personally think this rumor is vapor, but... its also inevitable that this car goes faster from the factory.
        PatrickH
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mitytitywhitey
        You have to realize the the difficulty in going faster and faster raises exponentially. That's physics at work for you there. I don't see this happening with any variation of the R35. If it weighed about 1000lbs less then maybe it would be somewhat feasible.
      Raphymartinez
      • 1 Year Ago
      A lot of the things the current GTR does were said to be impossible , so i don't doubt it.
      Eta Carinae
      • 1 Year Ago
      How much dragon power will this car come with ? Cause horse power would be way too little......
      ssdajoker
      • 1 Year Ago
      Do not doubt the likes of Godzilla.
      Stephen M. Levinson
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Nissan GTR Alpha Omega did a 0-60 in 1.72 seconds, but has over 1,600 hp. I dont' think 2.0 flat is impossible.
        PatrickH
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Stephen M. Levinson
        Right because Nissan is gonna sell a car with 1600 hp WITH a factory warranty, for under $200k. Keep dreaming.
      Temple
      • 1 Year Ago
      Totally possible as 0-60 times are completely about traction. Nissan's engineers are pioneers in launch control, they even worked with the Renault F1 team during early-2000s to add launch and traction control to F1 cars before they eventually got banned. A fancy launch control + the GTRs fancy AWD would do the trick to hit that magic 2 second number, a little more hp wouldn't hurt either.
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