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The 2009 Nissan Skyline GT-R: The Ultimate Performance Machine

Posted in Car Reviews, Expensive Cars, Fast Cars, Nissan, Nissan GT-R, Sports Cars, Supercars by Vito Rispo | August 15th, 2008 | 10 Responses |

2009 Nissan Skyline GT-R
The 2009 Nissan GT-R

Have you ever had a dream so realistic and perfect that you actually thought it was real for a few seconds after you woke up, and then felt intense disappointment when you realized it was just a dream?

Last night I dreamt that I owned a Nissan Skyline GT-R. I was researching the car for a few hours before I went to bed, so I probably had it coming, but it’s still painful when you lose a flying Skyline GT-R that was built by aliens.

If you ever find yourself inside my subconscious driving a Dream Skyline GT-R, here are a few tips:

-The green button makes it fly
-The engine is powered by dilithium crystals
-The transmission is a 128 gear manual, and is very difficult to master

The Speedometer Cluster on a Nissan GT-R

As for the real Skyline GT-R, car enthusiasts have been dreaming about it for years, and now we finally have our very own American version, the Nissan GT-R. Unfortunately, Nissan dropped the name “Skyline”, but luckily, we get the most badass car yet. This really is a world class performance machine.

The 2009 Nissan GT-R goes from zero to 60 in 3.3 seconds, quicker than the Dodge Viper, Corvette Z06 and Porsche 911 Turbo. If you keep your foot down heavy on the pedal, it’ll hit the quarter-mile in 11.6 seconds at more than 120 mph. And it has a top speed of 193 mph, all due to it’s 473 hp, twin-turbo 3.8 liter V6. Bear in mind, it’s a California emissions car, too.

Each one of those beautiful GT-R motors is hand built by specially trained engineers in Nissan’s Yokohama facility. And to promote greater quality control, Nissan assigns only one engineer to work on each engine from start to finish.

The Nissan GT-R’s 3.8 liter Twin-Turbo V6

The power from those amazing engines is transferred to the wheels by a rear mounted, 6-speed semi-automatic transmission, which shifts via a twin-clutch system with separate clutches for odd and even gears. The whole point of having that type of system is so you can shift without interrupting power. The torque gets applied to one clutch as it’s being disconnected from the other. This means shifts in the Nissan GT-R take only 0.2 seconds; that’s Formula One fast people. And you can operate the trans via paddles on the steering wheel. Technology is a beautiful thing.

In case you ever need to ease off warp speed, the GT-R has 15.2-inch ventilated cross-drilled Brembo brakes for easy stoppage.

All that for $70,000 dollars. The Nissan GT-R is probably the best performance per price offering out there. Nowhere else can you find the GT-R’s level of performance anywhere near it’s price. Granted, 70k is a lot of money, but you have to look at what you’re getting. A performance car of this magnitude, almost guaranteed to be a historical icon and go up in value; it’s a steal. The only problem is, Nissan will only be making about 2500 units a year in the US, which will most likely lead to some pretty hefty premiums on this car.

Still, how do they keep the price so low? Stolen alien technology. It’s the only logical conclusion. If anyone has a better explanation, I’d love to hear it.

Overall, the Nissan GT-R isn’t just a race car tweaked to be street legal, this is an all-around automobile, apparently comfortable as a daily driver even at normal speeds. Strangely, it weighs in at 3814 lbs, which seems way too heavy for this level of performance.

It’s OK though, because Nissan eventually plans on introducing a lighter and even more powerful GT-R called the GT-R V-Spec. Supposedly, it’ll be 200 lb lighter and put out upwards of 530 hp. Look forward to seeing a 2010 come out in late 2009.

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10 Responses

  1. Brigaid says:

    “This means shifts in the Nissan GT-R take only 0.2 seconds; that’s Formula One fast people.”

    I call false on the comparison, because a typical F1 transmission shift time is approximately 0.05 seconds.

  2. Nothing matches the experience of a completely manual transmission, for connecting with the machine. No, the shift time is not 0.2 or 0.5; but you know that the time of the shift, and how correct it is in terms of getting it into the gate, is your responsibility.

    This is what the Italian, some of the German and the Lotus offer in terms of driving experience. I’d match that agains the Skyline, any day of the week. Somehow, I don’t think the latest Skyline will look so good to people, 20 years from now – or more importantly, offer the same level of enjoyment as a Maserati Gran Turismo or Ferrari F430.

    But that’s just my opinion, and I could be wrong.

  3. Vito says:

    I was actually going to include a part in the article where I talked about another friend of mine who said basically the same thing. I think that attitude is a form of Luddism, though – resistance to new technology.

    I like manual transmissions as much as the next car guy, but the GT-R’s semi-automatic trans isn’t just another crappy auto trans. There’s no clutch pedal, but the driver still has control of the shifting, and I think it probably increases the quality of the driving experience.
    With every major advancement there is some level of resistance and that feeling that “ehhh, the old way is so much better” – but that dual clutch auto trans is an amazing technology.

  4. Paul says:

    Is it true that i has a speed limiter but when you get to a race track the gps knows that you at the track and it turns off the limiter

  5. Ryan says:

    Terry, the skyline has a distinctivey Japanese design, so I think whether you like it or not depends on whether you are into Japanese design.

  6. kai plain says:

    dude this car will be baddest car ever when its put into nissans product line its gonna be even more popular then the nissan z

  7. robert says:

    this car is the shit

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