Wednesday, December 19, 2007

2009 Nissan GTR test numbers.

Finally, we are getting some hard performance numbers on the upcoming Nissan GTR. Many people seemed to doubt Nissans stated performance numbers and suspected that Nissan's test cars were modified in some way. Well, Edmunds Inside Line managed to get their hands on a privately owned new production model in Japan and then proceeded to beat on it for a while to see what it could do. The results are more than impressive.

The GTR they tested is pretty much identical to what the U.S. spec model will be and is owned by a Japanese journalist. Even though it had only 1,500km on the clock, they showed it no mercy. With the apparently secret launch control turned on, the GTR rockets to 60 in 3.3 seconds and covers the 1/4 mile in 11.6 at 120.9 mph. They claim it's the fastest car they've ever tested. Faster than the 911 Turbo, 600HP Viper and the Z06 Corvette.

Braking tests showed that the car can also stop from 60 in 104ft which is only 1ft longer than a 911 Turbo with the $8,800 ceramic brake option. This car is looking more and more like the performance bargain of the century right now. That title was held by the Corvette Z06 but the GTR is faster and about the same price. Unfortunately, I don't think Nissan will build enough of them to keep up and it will be almost impossible to find one for sticker price.

Check out the full Edmunds Inside Line article here.

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