Shiro Nakamura & the 2009 Nissan GT-R

Shiro Nakamura & the 2009 Nissan GT-R

“Absolutely the same GT-R as in Japan except for left-hand steering…” Shiro Nakamura, Nissan’s Senior designer.

Mr. Carlos Ghosn, President and CEO, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., announced that the 2009 Nissan GT-R supercar will be priced starting at $69,850 when it goes on sale in June 2008.

Engine All-new VR38 3.8-liter twin turbo V6, producing 480 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque

Transmission All-new GR6 sequential 6-speed dual-clutch transaxle with paddle shifters, manual and automatic mode

Platform All-new Premium Midship package, placing the engine behind the front axle; platform enables the use of the worlds first independent rear transaxle all-wheel drive system – the transmission, transfer case and final drive are all located at the rear of the vehicle

Drive Configuration Front mid-engine/rear transaxle with ATTESA E-TS all-wheel-drive system specifically developed for GT-R

     

  1. Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC-R) system tuned for GT-R with three modes “ Normal, Comfort, or “R” (high-performance)
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Yaw-rate Feedback Control, coordinating front torque based on the difference between actual yaw rate detected by the yaw-rate sensor and the target yaw-rate calculated from the steering operation

Wheels/Tires GT-R-specific lightweight forged aluminum 20-inch wheels, with special bead knurling GT-R specific Nitrogen-filled Bridgestone high-performance summer run-flat tires, 255/40ZRF20 front, 285/35ZRF20 rear; Dunlop all-season tires available

Suspension Bilstein DampTronic suspension system 

Steering Aluminum rack and pinion steering rack with 4-point rigid mounting


Brakes Radial-mount Brembo mono block six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers with full-floating 15 inch, 2-piece, cross-drilled rotors and low-steel high stiffness brake pads

Coefficient of Drag (CD) 0.27

Weight Distribution 53% front / 47% rear

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Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.

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