Auto Spotlight: The Nissan GTR, Part 2: The Specs

Part 1 is here.     

So we finally get to the numbers.  And here they are:

  • Displacement: V6 3,799 cc (3.8 liters)
  • Horsepower: 480 bhp (360 kW) at 6400 rpm
  • Torque: 430 lb·ft
  • Red line: 7000 rpm
  • Drivetrain: Front Midship AWD
  • Curb weight: estimated 3,800 lb (1,700 kg)
  • Top Speed: 193 mph (311 km/h)
  • 0-60mph: 3.3 seconds
  • 1/4 mile: 11.6 seconds at 120mph

     Let’s take a look at the engine first.  We have a V6 with 3.8 liters running a non-sequential twin turbo setup.  So each turbo is mated to 3 cylinders, reducing turbo lag and increasing output.  The redline is a decent 7,000 rpms, nothing too high since its twin turbo’d.  The numbers show a conservative 480hp (Nissan’s claims), but many sources claim it to be about,  or over 500hp.  Take a look at the dyno sheet, and we see max torque at an early 3,800 or so rpms and doesn’t fall off too much towards redline.  This shows strong torque throughout the higher rpm band.  And with the lightning fast shifting paddle shift transmission (.2 seconds claimed), no rpms are lost over shifting.

     Taking a look at the brakes, we have massive 15.2 Brembo’s in the front (bigger than the size of many car wheels in fact) to stop the 3,800 pound GTR.       The wheels are 20 inches, 9.5 in the front, and 10.5 in the rear.  It uses 255 tires up front, and 285 in the back giving it alot of traction.  The suspension is tuned by Bilstein, with their springs and shocks (I believe).  The shocks are able to be adjusted from the cabin, between comfort, sports, and R (for race).  It also features Nissan’s Premiun Midship Package, pushing the engine as far back as possible and mounting the transmission in the rear to achieve a near-perfect 53:47 front to rear weight ratio.  Nissan also claims this is better than the 50:50 split due to weight shifting to the rear during acceleration.

     So we have the VR38DETT (VR series engine, 3.8 liter displacement, dual overhead cams, electronically controlled fuel injection system, twin turbo’ed) going through a twin clutch paddle shifted transmission controlled by a complex ATTESA-ETS Pro system pushing/pulling an almost 4,000 pounds brick.  Sounds like some sort of Grand Tourer right?  Heavy chassis to accomodate the luxuries, and a fire breating engine for those spirited runs across the canyons?  Could be mistaken for one if you just look at those numbers.  Except then you take a look at it on the track and it somehow carries those 3800 pounds (dry might i add) gracefully, and with pinpoint precision.  And then you remember “7:29”.  What’s that about?  Well it took the GTR only 7:29 to lap around the Nurburgring, compared to the 911 Turbo’s (remember Part 1?  The GTR’s rival?) 7:38.  Nine seconds in a race is an eternity.  Imagine a car passing you now.  

And then count 9 seconds..

     and thats when the 911 Turbo passes you.  Those 9 seconds for a driver is forever.  So when Nissan first released these lap times, many were skeptical until they released the in-cockpit video.  Mind you, that 7:29 makes it faster than the Bugatti Veyron, the Pagani Zonda, the Lamborghini Murcielago and Gallardo, the Ford GT, and every Porsche except the Carerra GT.  And all for a modest $78,000 in U.S. currency.  Crazy?  Maybe.  But Nissan has released videos backing up their times.  It can go either way, but the fact is that the GTR is one of THE best bang-for-your-buck cars out there.  Definately one of the fastest.

     For out next and last part on the GTR, we’ll talk about how it drives (keep in mind this is taken from various sources, as I have not personally driven this car), as well as tune-ability.  Stay tuned.


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