Is the Nissan GTR the worlds most desirable High Performance AWD Coupe?

The Six Cylinder VR-series twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V6 is the most powerful factory V-Six to be offered to the general public.

The 2009 Nissan GT-R tested does 60 mph in 3.3 seconds

The quarter-mile in 11.6 secs at just over 190 kmh. (119 Mph)
This makes it faster than a 997 Porsche Turbo Corvette Z06 or Dodge Viper and not to mention the lap of the 'Ring quicker than the 997.

Nissan GTR

Nissan GTR

Nissan GTR

Nissan GTR

New Nissan V6 Named One of Ward's 10 Best Engines

DETROIT (Dec. 12, 2007) -Nissan's VQ37VHR engine has been named to the 10 Best Engines list by Ward's Automotive Group, marking the 14th straight year a VQ series engine has earned that distinction. It is the only engine that has been included every year since the award began in 1995.

Ward's evaluated the VQ37VHR, mated to a six-speed manual transmission, in the 2008 Infiniti G37 Coupe. The G37 marks the first application of the new 3.7-liter V6 engine with VVEL (Variable Valve Event and Lift). Rated at 330 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque.

Our man in Tokyo on the spot at 2007 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW FIRST V6TT GTR DISPLAY, Adam Zillin, captured these first official images below of the first GTR not to wear the Skyline Model designation since the R34 Skyline GTR.




VR-series Specs:
Engine & Trans.

*> VR-series twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V6.
*> 353kw @ 6,800 rpm. 588 Nm torque @ 3,200*>5,200 rpm.
*> Dual overhead camshafts with variable intake-valve timing.
*> Cast aluminum cylinder block with high-endurance/low-friction plasma-sprayed bores.
*> IHI twin turbochargers, one per cylinder bank.
*> Pressurized lubrication system with thermostatically controlled cooling. Drivetrain *> ATTESA ET-S All-Wheel Drive (AWD) with independent rear-mounted transaxle integrating transmission, differential and AWD transfer case.
*> Rigid, lightweight carbon-composite driveshaft between engine and transaxle.
*> Electronic traction control plus 1.5-way mechanically locking rear differential.
*> Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC-R) with three driver-selectable settings: Normal (for daily driving, controls brakes and engine output), R-Mode (for ultimate performance, utilizes AWD torque distribution for additional vehicle stability) and Off (driver does not want the help of the system).


*> 6-speed Dual Clutch Transmission with three driver-selectable modes: Normal (for maximum smoothness and efficiency), Snow (for gentler starting and shifting on slippery surfaces), and R mode (for maximum performance with fastest shifts).
*> Fully automatic shifting or full sequential manual control via gearshift or steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
*> Dual clutch design changes gears in less than 0.5 second (0.2 second in R mode).
*> Downshift Rev Matching (DRM).
*> Predictive pre-shift control (in R mode) based on throttle position, vehicle speed, braking and other information.

VR-series Specs:
Chassis & Cabin

*> Hollow front and rear stabilizer bars. Body/Chassis *> Exclusive Premium Midship platform with jig-welded hybrid unibody.
*> Aluminum hood, trunk and door skins. Die-cast aluminum door structures.
*> Carbon-reinforced front crossmember/radiator support. Back to Top Standard Features Exterior *> Wide-beam headlights with High Intensity Discharge (HID) low beams.
*> LED taillights and brake lights.
*> Dual heated power mirrors.
*> Flush-mounted aluminum door handles.
*> Body-color rear spoiler with integrated center high-mounted stop light.
*> UV-reducing tinted glass. Audio/Navigation/Performance Monitor *> Digital Bose*> audio system with AM/FM/in-dash 6-CD changer and 11 speakers including dual subwoofers.
*> HDD Music Box system, including hard drive with 9.4 GB for audio storage.
*> MP3, WMA and DVD audio capable. In-dash Compact Flash card reader.
*> HDD-based GPS navigation with touch screen.
*> Driver-configurable performance monitor, developed with Sony*> Polyphony, with graphical readouts of vehicle data and driving data displayed on a total of 11 screens.
*> 7-inch WVGA high-resolution color-LCD display for audio, navigation and performance monitor. Interior *> Automatic Temperature Control (ATC).
*> Electronic analog instrument cluster with multi-function trip computer and digital gear indicator.
*> Power front windows with one-touch auto-up/down feature.
*> Intelligent Key system with pushbutton start. Power door locks.
*> Cruise control.
*> Tilt/telescoping steering column.
*> Bluetooth*> Hands-free phone system with voice recognition. Seating/Appointments *> Leather upholstered front seats with perforated Alcantara inserts.
*> 8-way power front seats with entry/exit switch for rear-seat passengers.
*> Driver-shaped bucket seat.
*> Dual individual rear seats.
*> Heated front seats.
*> Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.
*> Drilled aluminum pedals. Safety/Security *> Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags, seat belt sensors and occupant-classification sensor.
*> Driver and front-passenger side-impact supplemental air bags and roof-mounted curtain supplemental air bags.
*> Front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters.
*> Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System.
*> Vehicle Security System.

VR-series Specs:
Wheels and Tires

*> 20 x 9.5" (front) and 20 x 10.5" (rear) super-lightweight forged-aluminum wheels with Gunmetal Gray finish.
*> Exclusively developed nitrogen-filled Bridgestone*> RE070A high-capacity run-flat summer tires, 255/40R20 front and 285/35R20 rear.
*> Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
*> Optional exclusively developed nitrogen-filled Dunlop*> run-flat all-season tires, 255/40R20 front and 285/35R20 rear (includes Bright Silver wheels). Brakes *> Brembo*> 4-wheel disc brakes with 4-wheel Antilock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Preview Braking.
*> Two-piece floating-rotor 15-inch front and rear discs with diamond-pattern internal ventilation.
*> 6-piston front/4-piston rear monoblock calipers. Steering *> Rack-and-pinion steering with vehicle-speed-sensitive power assist.
*> 2.6 steering-wheel turns lock-to-lock. Suspension *> 4-wheel independent suspension with Bilstein*> DampTronic system with three driver-selectable modes: Normal/Sport (for automatic electronic control of damping), Comfort (for maximum ride comfort), and R mode (engages maximum damping rate for high-performance cornering).
*> Electronically controlled variable-rate shock absorbers. High-accuracy progressive-rate coil springs.
*> Front double-wishbone/rear multi-link configuration with aluminum members and rigid aluminum subframes. 

The GT-R seems typical responsive big engine characteristics on the road.

The Twin Turbo's are now the new generation of ball bearing style that spool up considerably faster because of the reduced friction.This allows the reduction of turbo lag as well helping acceleration low in the RPM range.

On-boost torque is delivered very progressively

Nissan has constantly raised the high performance bar for others to try and follow. The original 'Z' cars were the forerunners to the race to win buyers over with high performance and handling in an affordable package that had style on its side. The popular Twin Turbo 300ZX V6 while powerful and agile for its bulk, never really compared to the All Wheel Drive 'Godzilla'

The Skyline range has a long history of race bred performance

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by Nissan GT1 World on Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 10:32am
FIA GT1 World Championship, Round 8 Navarra, Spain.

Warren Hughes and Jamie Campbell-Walter took a podium finish in today's FIA GT1 World Championship race at Navarra in Spain, cementing the Sumo Power GT team's third place in the Team's Championship standings. Their team-mates, Peter Dumbreck and Michael Krumm had a tough day, retiring from both races, and the Swiss Racing Team drivers had an especially difficult time this afternoon, both cars also retiring from the race.

RACE REPORT: FIA GT1 World Championship, Round 8 Navarra, Spain

In this morning's qualifying race it was the No.22 Nissan GT-R that came out on top, taking a fine fifth place at the finish. Both Warren Hughes and Jamie Campbell-Walter drove incredibly well and set up a great grid position for the main race. Their team-mates Michael Krumm and Peter Dumbreck ran out of luck on the last lap after a brilliant race that saw the No.23 car progress from 17th on the grid, all the way up to eighth. A fuel starvation issue stopped the car on the last lap, leaving the drivers with a big task ahead of them in the second race. Both Swiss Racing Team Nissan GT-Rs gained ground on their grid positions with the No.3 car of Karl Wendlinger and Henri Moser racing to 14th and the No.4 Nissan GT-R of Seiji Ara and Max Nilsson moving up from 18th to 13th.

DRIVER REPORT: FIA GT1 World Championship,
Round 8 Navarra, Spain

Peter Dumbreck also had a good start but just as he was thinking he had survived the melee he was left with nowhere to go when the car in front of him stopped, but only because the two cars ahead had spun. Dumbreck pitted with a slow puncture and rejoined the fight but unfortunately the car's power steering had been damaged in the accident and he had to retire.

The Championship Race really couldn't have gone worse for the Swiss Racing Team as both of its Nissan GT-Rs retired on the first lap. Karl Wendlinger was hit by a Lamborghini and Seiji Ara was in the unfortunate position of being the car with nowhere to go that was then hit by Dumbreck.

Both Sumo Power GT and SRT are now busy re-prepping the Nissan GT-Rs, ready to send them on their way to South America. The freight leaves from Navarra over the next couple of days so, after a busy race weekend, the teams now have a lot of packing to do.

Jamie Campbell-Walter:  I got a great start as both the Fords in front of me were asleep so I did them both straight away. I outbraked some more into turn three and found myself in P2. When the rain came I had a couple of big moments so I took it easy and let a couple of cars pass. I could see it was just going to be a shower so thought the safest bet was to let them go and then pass them when the rain started.

Our car has been great all weekend and this is a fantastic result for the team and for Nissan.  

Warren Hughes:  Tomas Enge and I were matching each other's lap times during the second half and we were starting to catch the second placed car. I found myself counting down the laps to the chequered flag as I wanted to be sure of third but also wishing we had a few more laps so I could attack for second place.
I drove to the limit today but made very sure I didn't go over it as Tomas would have pounced.

DRIVER REPORT: FIA GT1 World Championship,
Round 8 Navarra, Spain

Peter Dumbreck:  I managed to stay right out of the trouble at the start of the second race. Just as I settled into it a car spun on the back straight, the guy in front of me braked hard and I hit him. I ended up with a slow puncture but then we also had a power steering problem and had to retire.  

Michael Krumm:  The first race today was going really well; better than expected in fact. We had made it all the way up to eighth from 17th. The car stopped though on the last lap with fuel starvation so we would have to do it all over again in race two. We made some adjustments to the car between races and it was faster so we were confident of taking fifth or sixth place. Peter was unlucky after making a great start. We were equally shocked and disappointed about the accident but we will look forward now and hope to finish the season off well in South America.  

Seiji Ara:  The start wasn't bad at all for me so I was pleased. I was running in front of the No.23 car and just before the back straight two cars spun in front of me so I had to brake very hard and then I was hit by No.23. I had to go straight to the pits and retire so it's a big shame for us.

Campbell-Walter made a storming start in this afternoon's main race, moving up from fifth on the grid to second place after the first few corners. He lost a couple of places when a short sharp shower came down a lap later but recovered to third before handing over to Hughes during the pit stop.

Hughes then held off a charging Aston Martin driven by Tomas Enge all the way to the flag and took a well-deserved podium finish for the No.22 Nissan GT-R.


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