Signing off for Eid: Nissan GT-R facts
Eid Mubarak to everyone. I am sure you all will enjoy this long holiday to celebrate. Hope all those who went for Hajj come back safely. Before I disappear for the long break, let me sign off with a few interesting facts about the 2009 Nissan GT-R that you might not have heard before.
Already well-publicised, the new Nissan GT-R set an unofficial production car lap record at the famous Nurburgring racetrack in Germany, with a record time of 7 minutes 38 seconds in partially-wet conditions. Among recorded times, that makes it quicker around this track than the Porsche 911 Turbo, the Bugatti Veyron, the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, the Ferrari 599 GTB, the Ford GT and the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640. Among the only non-tuner cars quicker are the McLaren F1, the Koenigsegg CCR and the Porsche Carrera GT, all multi-million-dirham machines.
In a straight line, the GT-R can supposedly accelerate from 0-100 kph in just 3.6 seconds, which would make it as quick as a Porsche Carrera GT and a Ford GT, and quicker than the Corvette Z06, the Ferrari 599 GTB and the McLaren SLR. All this depends on driver and conditions of course.
The GT-R has a top speed of 310 kph, which is around that of 1984’s fastest production car in the world, made by Ferrari. Now a Nissan can play with classic exotics.
The Nissan GT-R’s new 3.8-litre twin turbo V6 engine is officially rated at 473 hp at 6400 rpm and 588 Nm from 3200 to 5200 rpm, both conservatively measured at the flywheel. A Japanese magazine, Best Car, measured a test car on a wheels-off dyno at 475 hp at 6115 rpm and 580 Nm of torque at 5130 rpm. Assuming a minimal drivetrain loss of 12%, the test GT-R is really making as much as 539 hp and 659 Nm of peak torque at the flywheel.
America’s most popular auto website, Edmunds.com, drove a GT-R and a 911 Turbo back-to-back, and said the US$70,000 GT-R easily has better handling than the US$100,000 Porsche.
Other tidbits? There will also be a lightweight Spec-V version for the street and a heavily-modded track version for various international racing events.
All in all, the “Skyline” GT-R is turning out to be a modern legend that isn’t confined to a handful of markets any more. It is definitely on my list of “Used” Cars To Buy Before I Die, alongside the Corvette Z06 and the BMW M3.