In a world populated by small hybrids and big SUVs, is there room for a true sports car? The new 2009 Nissan GT-R says there is plenty of room for those who are willing to pay its $70,000- plus price tag. The new high performance sports coupe is expected to go on sale just in time for summer driving.
The GT-R name has been a legend in the Japanese automotive world since 1969 when the Skyline GT-R was offered by Datsun on a four door sedan. That car won an impressive 36 races over a four year period, then dropped off the automotive world’s radar. The GT-R designation reappeared briefly in 1989 on a super car sports coupe with all wheel drive. It was produced until 2003, when use of the GT-R moniker was again suspended.
Japanese auto maker Nissan is bringing back the GT-R name in hopes of gaining the attention of power enthusiasts who may be eagerly awaiting the newly revived muscle cars out of Detroit. The 2009 Nissan GT-R will hit showrooms in June of 2008, ahead of the fourth quarter introduction of the new power houses from American’s auto makers like Ford, Chevy and Dodge.
The new 2009 Nissan GT-R will be a 2 + 2 coupe and is based on Nissan’s new Prime Midship platform. The new Prime Midship platform is a more advanced rendering of the popular Front Midship that has been used in the Infiniti G37 coupe and in the Nissan 350Z. The new platform promises a more balanced weight feel by positioning the engine towards the rear of the vehicle so that the bulk of its weight rests behind the front axle.
The wheelbase of the 2009 Nissan GT-R is 109.4 inches and the car is powered by the twin turbocharged 3.8 liter V6 engine that generates a robust 473 horsepower with 434 pound feet of torque. The V6 engine is brand new and Nissan says it is not based on any preexisting motors such as the current V6 that powers the 350Z. The engines are hand made by a single person instead of being sent down an assembly line. The transmission is equally as impressive as the new engine. The 2009 Nissan GT-R features an automatic seven speed automatic transmission with an optional steering wheel paddle manual seven speed.
The 2009 Nissan GT-R features an all wheel drive system. The standard tires offered on the new sports coupe are the Bridgestone Potenza RE070s. The Nissan engineers worked hard to keep the weight down on the 2009 Nissan GT-R, using aluminum for the inside door panels and suspension aprts and using carbon fiber in the manufacturing of the drive shafts, rear defuser and front crash structure.
The 2009 Nissan GT-R has several creature comforts in addition to its high performance features. There will be an optional 30 GB hard drive that will hold digital music and information from the navigation system.