If you know anything at all about cars, I’m sure by now you’ve heard of the new Nissan GT-R. This offspring of the famous Skyline GT-R is due here in America in a few months. What a monster this thing is. A few specs for the uninitiated; 480HP, 0-60 mph in 3.3 Seconds, AWD, twin-turbo 3.8L V-6.
Just to give an idea, this thing will give a Corvette Z-06 a run for its money. That my friends, is very very fast. Its Hand Crafted, V-6 engine produces about 430lb-ft of torque from 3200 RPM, also not a bad little statistic. The combination of 6 speed Dual Clutch transmission and All Wheel Drive make it a beast on the track. Perhaps the best statistic is that it will actually be available here in the US, unlike the old Skyline.
Bottom line, I want one. Bad. So, what will one of these run you? Somewhere in the neighborhood of $72k. Not bad considering that Motorweek.com reports that a 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 will cost about $121k and only gets you 1 more MPH (193 for the Porsche vs. 192 for the GT-R).
On a side note, Nissan is already working on the Nissan GT-R Spec-V which is expected to be released in 2010. Autoblog.com reported last week, April 8th, the new Spec-V was spotted on the Nürburgring in Germany with an unofficial lap time of 7:25! If you are unfamiliar with the Nürburgring, it is nearly 13 miles long race track with some of the most notorious corners in the world. For comparison, back in 2005 a Corvette C6 Z06 lap The Ring in 7:42. The Spec-V is lighter with more horsepower than the original, can’t go wrong!
My Opinion – awesome car for relatively short money. Styling may not be for everyone, but I’m the guy who loves the fact that the coefficient of drag is close to the awkward Honda Insight’s. Function over form I always say. Actually I’ve never said that, but for this car I just might start.