It's been a long time coming, but there's a white 2009 Nissan GT-R in the Inside Line Garage (we photographed it with our Ferrari to prove it). In fact, the keys are in my pocket as I type this. Forgive me if this is a short blog post, I'm itching to get on the road.
Here's the deal. The car is a PT2 unit, as in pre-production. And it's right off of Nissan's Arizona proving grounds. Nissan engineer Bruce Robinson drove it west from that facility yesterday. According to him the car runs great but has a tendency to drool a little fuel down the side of the car when you fill it up. He also said we should invest in a case of octane Booster. "We recommend 93, but it'll run on 91," he said. "I'd stop and get a few bottles."
And we will.
We officially leave Los Angeles for the Inside Line Ultimate GT-R Road Trip early tomorrow morning, so check back and follow along as we drive this all-wheel drive supercar 3,000 miles in three days. First day's destination? Well, we plan on hitting the El Mirage drylake for some top end runs. Then we'll turn north and find our way to Sacramento Dragway for a Wednesday night of grudge match drag racing. We hope to get there about 5 pm.
If you live in the area of the California capital city come on out. We'll even let you sit in the car while you tell us how much you love Inside Line. If you can't make it, keep checking this page for blogs, photos and video of our adventure.
Scott Oldham, Inside Line Editor in Chief
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It's already hot at 11 a.m. as we pull our 2009 Nissan GT-R into the
visitor's parking lot at GM's proving grounds in Arizona. The Japanese
supercar looks like a spaceship next to the aging, 1960s-era brick
buildings that front the massive desert test facility on the outskirts of
Nissan GT-R v the World: GT-R v R8 v 911 v STI v Evo v Elise
We're in a 2009 Nissan GT-R, helmet on, seatbelt fastened, left foot poised
to release the brake and unleash Godzilla's wrath. But we're not on a
racetrack. In front of us there are 22 miles and 402 turns of the best
driving road in the world, Southern California's Glendora Mountain Road.
We've covered this ground thousands of times, but today it's different.
Today there are two California Highway Patrol cruisers stationed at either
end of this twisting strip of sun-drenched blacktop. It is our personal
playground for the afternoon.
The radio crackles the "All clear" and with the GT-R's engine revved to a
launch-controlled 4,500 rpm, we release the brake and let the big Nissan do
what it does best: twist physics into knots.
This process is repeated all afternoon in a collection of today's quickest
and most capable road cars. The list includes a 2008 Audi R8, 2008 Lotus
Elise SC, 2008 Porsche 911, 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X MR and 2008
Subaru WRX STI. We didn't discriminate: Rally cars, focused rear-drive
performance cars and everything in between was invited to the party. In
fact, there's only one genre missing from this otherwise comprehensive list
— the big-power, rear-drive supercar. But it wasn't for a lack of trying.
Fact is, we asked Chevy for a 2008 Corvette Z06 and we asked Dodge for a
2008 Viper SRT10, but both refused to loan us their cars — presumably
because we'd be testing their best metal against the almighty GT-R.
Sniff, sniff. Does somebody smell chicken?
Challenger: Faster than a Speeding Bullitt?
The rebirth of the American muscle car is about a lot more than retro. It's
about pride. It's about recalling a time when Americans looked down the
road to the future with confidence, and they wanted a great big V8 engine
to get them there as soon as possible.
It's no wonder the 2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt has our respect. It's
the best version yet of the 2005 Ford Mustang, the car that set Detroit on
fire again with enthusiasm for good old American muscle. Maybe the
fuel-guzzling muscle car won't save Detroit from the challenge to build
cars that people need, but it's surely restored the domestic car industry's
confidence in its ability to do so. And it's shown that Americans can build
cars that are utterly unlike anything you'll find in Stuttgart, Shanghai,
Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur or any of those other places that economists think
they're so clever to know about.
Now that the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 is here, Chrysler is cracking the
seal on its own Mopar-branded can of muscle-car whoop-ass to show that it
understands what's at stake in the muscle-car sweepstakes. The Bullitt and
the Challenger are the two coolest cars in America, and it's only natural
to bring them together.
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from my involvement as an agent for the #FiestaMovement. Ford provided me
with a 2014 Ford Fiesta, gas, insurance, and admin costs.
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Executive editor Edward Loh pits our long term Nissan GT-R against its
strangest competition yet -- a pair of Scion tC drift cars from the Formula
D drift racing series.
ZR1 Drag Race King - Spanks GTR, 599, and GT2
Join us as we pit Chevy's all-new 638 horsepower Corvette ZR1
against the Nissan GTR, Ferrari 599 GTB, and Porsche GT2 in a no holds
barred drag race.
Shot By: Jim Gleason and Mike Suggett
Edited By: Jim Gleason
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