2009 Nissan GT-R

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What Changed for 2009:
  • All-new model for 2009
  • Nissan's technology flagship
  • Four-passenger coupe
  • Twin-turbo V-6 engine rated at 473 hp
  • Standard ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive (AWD)
  • Direct, twin-clutch 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Innovative Super Wide Beam headlamps
  • 0 to 60 mph in just over 3.5 seconds
  • Top speed in excess of 190 mph
Nissan's newest supercar follows a long history of successful Skyline GT-R street and race cars from the Japanese marque. According to Nissan, the GT-R is the world's most efficient supercar in balancing speed, acceleration and fuel consumption. They also boast that the GT-R may be the most accomplished and technologically advanced high-performance car ever made, and the world's easiest and most secure vehicle to drive at high speeds. These are strong statements, but Nissan backs them with countless industry accolades and a production car lap record at Germany's famous Nurburgring racetrack. Unlike previous versions of Nissan's technology flagship GT-R-only sold as left-hand-drive models for select markets-the all-new 2009 model will be sold in both variants (left- and right-hand drive) for delivery around the world including the North American and mainland European markets. The Nissan GT-R was launched in North America in mid-2008 as a 2009 model.

Nissan's New Vehicle Limited Warranty covers the 2009 Nissan GT-R during the first 3 years/36,000 miles. A powertrain warranty extends to 5 years/60,000 miles. There is no deductible on either warranty, and towing may be reimbursed if the vehicle is less than 36 months old.

Model Lineup
The 2009 Nissan GT-R is available in two trim levels: GT-R and GT-R Premium. Both versions feature an identical twin-turbo V-6 engine, dual-clutch transmission, and AWD powertrain. Compared to the standard GT-R, the GT-R Premium model is upgraded with heated seats, driver and passenger side-impact supplemental air bags, curtain air bags, and special Bridgestone summer tires. In addition, the GT-R Premium features a Bose 11-speaker audio package with AM/FM in-dash 6-CD changer, HDD Music Box system, MP3, WMA and DVD audio capabilities.

All 2009 Nissan GT-R models feature a full complement of power accessories, 8-way power bucket front seats, and leather upholstery with perforated Alcantara inserts. A leather-wrapped steering wheel, drilled aluminum pedals, and a push-to-start button add to the sporty ambience within the cockpit. The standard electronics package is comprehensive. A 7-inch touch-screen WVGA high-resolution color LCD sits prominently in the dashboard to display standard GPS navigation information, vehicle performance telemetry, and audio selections. All GT-R models are equipped with a Bluetooth hands-free phone system with voice recognition.

The heart of the 2009 Nissan GT-R is a brand new, all-aluminum engine specifically developed for the vehicle. Internally known as the VR38DETT, the 3.8-liter, hand-assembled V-6 engine is fitted with a pair of turbochargers to obtain a conservative rating of 473 hp and 433 lb.-ft. of torque. It's the most powerful production engine ever offered by Nissan. The engine is mounted within Nissan's new Premium Midship chassis, putting the mass of the engine behind the front wheels for better balance, the company says. Power is routed through a carbon fiber prop shaft to a rear-mounted transaxle containing the clutch, transmission and differentials. The transmission is a GR6-type 6-speed dual-clutch semi-automatic with paddle-type shifting on the steering wheel. Transferring this power to all four wheels is the latest version of Nissan's ATTESA-ETS (Advanced Total Traction Engineering System for All-Electronic Torque Split) AWD system. The EPA has rated the 2009 Nissan GT-R's fuel economy at 16 mpg city/21 mpg highway.

To provide improved straight-line stability at more than 180 mph, Nissan developed a new multi-link independent suspension with aluminum alloy components designed to take advantage of the vehicle's optimal load balancing. Brakes are massive vented and drilled steel discs with floating rotors. Six-piston calipers up front, and 4-piston calipers in the rear, are designed to haul the GT-R down from nearly 200 mph without drama or fade. Standard wheels are 20-inch aluminum alloy with specially designed run-flat tires. The Super Wide Beam Xenon headlamps offer a better view of the road than active headlights, Nissan says, adding that the 2009 GT-R is the world's only supercar that's equally at home on dry tarmac, snow, and wet rainy roads.

The GT-R is one of the fastest cars in the world, and designed to be one of the safest, according to the manufacturer. Nissan's Safety Shield concept of \"designing a vehicle that helps to protect people\" has been extended to the GT-R. Accident-avoidance features include a strong braking system with standard anti-lock brakes (ABS) and a Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC-R) system. The low-drag chassis and body (.27 Cd.) of the GT-R are manufactured with rigid racing car-like carbon fiber, aluminum alloys, and advanced steels to reduce damage if a crash is inevitable, the manufacturer says. Driver and front passenger are protected by pre-tensioning seat belts and standard front and side air bags. Curtain air bags deploy to protect both rows of outboard passengers.

The Nissan GT-R is a limited-production model. Like most other vehicles in this category, it has not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The 2009 GT-R is Nissan's innovative technology platform designed with an elaborate array of advanced electronic computerized controls to make driving faster, easier and safer, the company states. The center of the dashboard hosts a row of switches to customize transmission shift points, choose one of three suspension settings, and change or override the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC-R). The driver is able to monitor more than a dozen engine and performance parameters through the multi-function LCD on the dashboard. These include vehicle speed, g-force, fuel economy, turbo boost, water pressure, oil pressure, transmission oil, front/rear drive distribution, steering angles, and more. The presentation of the information was designed in conjunction with Polyphony Digital Inc., designer of the Gran Turismo video game series for Sony PlayStation.


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