First Drive: 2009 Nissan GT-R (JDM Spec) by Inside Line
We're 20 feet from a production-spec 2009 Nissan GT-R at Sendai Highland Circuit, a raceway north of Tokyo. After years of staring at various concepts, prototypes and Nürburgring test mules of the GT-R, it's finally time to drive the finished product.
First Drive: 2008 Honda Accord Sedan by Edmunds Inside Line
We admit that after a day of driving the redesigned 2008 Honda Accord, our reporter's notebook was completely blank.
It's not that there's nothing to say about how the 2008 Accord drives. It's that the Accord drives as brilliantly as it always has. In the rising tide of class sophistication, the Accord has maintained its position among competitors. It's smoother than the sometimes coarse Nissan Altima. And it's more alert in its responses than the cushy, isolated Toyota Camry.
Nissan Beats Porsche? 2009 Nissan GT-R (U.S.-Spec)
For a few seconds, you give in to the spectacle of driving a 2009 Nissan GT-R. This car attracts its own entourage and then takes you along for the ride. It's not just the Skyline mystique, either. It's the fact that even in production sheet metal, the R35 GT-R looks like a one-off concept stolen from a Southern California design studio. It has as many hard contours as a Porsche 911 has soft curves. You have the key fob, and still you ogle it.
Soon, though, you point the GT-R down an on-ramp and plant the throttle. The effortless brutality with which the 2009 Nissan GT-R gathers speed is what you'll describe to your friends — once everyone's tired of talking about the styling, that is.
What you won't tell them is that you suspect your supercar might be a sociopath. It doesn't flow around corners like your E46 BMW M3 did, nor does it transmit feedback through the steering wheel for the sheer pleasure of it.
Instead, the 2009 Nissan GT-R bends asphalt to its will. When it talks to you about tire grip, you get the feeling it's only bothering because you're part of its great plan to break free of the Earth's orbit. Should it ever achieve this, you imagine that its conversation will cease and it will simply expel you into the airless void. Until then, though, you have the conn.
Skyline GT-R Heaven: 2009 Nissan GT-R Ultimate Road Trip
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
Nissan GT-R: World´s 1st Full Test - Inside Line Exclusive
Nissan GT-R: World´s 1st Full Test Article: http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Drives/FullTests/articleId=124017
Car Prices & Info: http://www.edmunds.com
Twitter Feed: http://twitter.com/insideline_ com
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/insideline
Hi-Res Videos: http://www.hulu.com/edmunds-in
We know you want the numbers and we're not going to waste your time. Neither is Nissan. Its 2009 GT-R hits 60 mph in 3.3 seconds, quicker than the last Dodge Viper, Corvette Z06 and Porsche 911 turbo we tested. Keep your foot pinned, and after another tap on the upshift paddle it will clear the quarter-mile in 11.6 seconds at more than 120 mph.
Nissan GT-R Engine Assembly
Here are some quick scenes from the Nissan Yokohama engine plant's Clean Room. It takes an average of 100 minutes for an engine master to assemble one engine. Each man diligently checks and records the torque spec of every critical nut and bolt, and the data is stored for the life of the engine.
Essai Nissan GT-R
Après la 370Z récemment testée sur route, l'idée de prendre en main la version Européenne de la Nissan GT-R nous faisait frétiller comme des gardons sur une plancha espagnole. L'annonce d'un essai mixte sur route et sur le circuit de Folembray était un gros plus qui devrait nous permettre d'en tirer la quintessence, à moins que le bi-turbo de 485cv n'ait l'audace d'être surdimensionné par rapport à la piste...
Lire la suite sur http://www.leblogauto.com