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2009 Nissan GT-R

The 2009 Nissan GT-R is a car that many people have dreamed about for a very long time. Not only is it capable of getting up to 200mph, but it is so efficient that it creates aerodynamic downforce. This is a true super car that Nissan has been developing for nearly ten years and the work they put into this model really shows.

First off, you notice the extremely cool exterior and the overwhelming use of carbon fiber and cast aluminum. These components add to the overall curb weight of the vehicle, bringing it in at around 3850 pounds, definitely one of the heavier entries in this class. However, despite the extra weight, the performance of the vehicle isn’t affected in the least.

The engine is a twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection, producing 480bhp at 6400rpm’s. The driving force behind this car, the president of Nissan, wanted a supercar that could be at home both on the track and on a rainy road on your way to the supermarket and they actually made it work. The handling is superb and offers several features designed to keep you safe. In fact Nissan has commented that the GT-R is “probably the world’s easiest and most secure high-speed car to drive fast.”

If you have a need for speed, but you still have family to think about and generally safety, this is definitely the vehicle for you. The factory installed Brembo brakes can more than handle anything you throw at them and the speed is similar to what you’d get out of the much lighter Porche 911.

When they were developing this model, it was paramount to the engineers that it be able to beat the Porche. After six months of on track testing in Germany, they were finally able to tweak performance just enough to achieve their goals. The GT-R will get from 0 to 60 in 3.5 seconds with a quarter mile time of just 11 seconds. Now that’s the way to go to the store.

Despite all the attention paid to the exterior and engine, the interior didn’t suffer. You’ll find all the basic comforts and it is actually quite comfortable inside. There is seating for four in the two door coupe, and there is plenty of room for all the occupants. The base price for the GT-R is around $70k, significantly less than its competitors in this class.

If you’re looking for a vehicle that can combine speed, safety, overall comfort and killer looks, then this is a car that definitely deserves a test drive. One word of warning though, once you give it a try, chances are it’s going to be very hard to hand those keys back over. The fuel economy is actually quite decent, coming it at 16/22, which may make the decision even more difficult. It’s hard to find reasons not to like this car, and it’s easy to see that Nissan took a lot of time and a lot of care bringing all of these elements together.

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