First Test Drive: Nissan GT-R Video 0-60mph in 3.3 Seconds!


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Holy shit, this is by far the sickest test drive video of 2008, many thanks to the owner in Japan who let test drive his car on the AMI Airstrip in TOKYO!

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The car in the video is a Japanese-spec example with 1,500 break-in kilometers. It’s owned by Japanese journalist Jun Nishikawa and packs the same hardware the U.S. car will get: a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 that generates at least 473 horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque. It had the same six-speed dual-clutch automated manual gearbox and the same adjustable dampers.


The $70,000 USD 2009 Nissan GT-R is faster than the following speeding BULLETS

Dodge Viper
Corvette Z06
Porsche 911 Turbo

GT-R Launch Control – 8th Wonder of the World
Nissan Claims the 2009 GT-R does 0-60 in 3.5 seconds.
However activating Nissan’s technologically advanced, state of the art LAUNCH CONTROL can get this down to less than 3.3 SECONDS. REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE-DICULOUS!!!!!!!!!! To activate LAUNCH CONTROL you must switch the Transmission and Damping and VBC settings to R (which stands for RACE or REDICULOUS). Once it is activated, the driver can pin the BRAKE and throttle down while the computer magically prepares for LAUNCH @ 4500rpm. Sounds as fun as I would imagine preparing the Millennium Falcon to enter lightspeed!


According to Edmunds the “acceleration is crushing and like no other production car they have ever tested”.

It requires 15-inch rotors, six-piston Brembo calipers and sticky Bridgestone Potenza RE070R rubber to bring a 3,836-pound GT-R to rest from 60 mph in only 104 feet. That’s only 1 foot longer than the Porsche 911 Turbo equipped with the $8,800 ceramic composite brake package. It’s also the same stopping distance as the last Dodge Viper they tested and 2 feet shorter than the Corvette Z06.


How does the twin-turbo Nissan GT-R stack up against the Zonda F V12 ?
Here is video that perfectly synchronizes both cars going around the Nurburing.

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42 Responses to “First Test Drive: Nissan GT-R Video 0-60mph in 3.3 Seconds!”

  1. Kareem Sultan said on January 22nd, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Excellent review. The GTR may just be replacing the 911 at the top of my wish list!

    I’d like to do a comparison of it and a 911 the RaceDV way. Kind of like our car vs. bike comparison.

  2. Anthony Carbone said on January 22nd, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    I don’t know if the GT-R can replace my sweet spot for the 911 Turbo as my #1 daily driver car of choice mainly because it’s still a Nissan. Regardless if it can shave a second or two from the 911’s T’s 0-60 or its awesome GT-R/Skyline history its still a Nissan. 🙂

    If you can round up a Skyline, I’ll round up a 997 Turbo and we can create an awesome video like your car vs bike video!

  3. cARLOS said on January 23rd, 2008 at 8:47 am


  4. Anthony Carbone said on January 23rd, 2008 at 11:14 am

    cARLOS, its all about brand perception. Don’t get me wrong, I think Nissan makes fantastic products, but in the end the Porsche brand is still more desirable and exotic than Nissan ever can become in the publics perception, regardless how many GT-R successors or exotics cars their future may engineer.

  5. Queppa said on February 19th, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    BRAND PERCEPTION, who freekin cares.
    Clearly you only care about what other people think which makes you a sheep. You can keep following others in your slow porsche while all the gtr owners will zoom off into the distance.
    If only you knew how much this car is going to change the worlds perception.
    Oops sorry I forgot, you only know what others know because your a follower.
    One question though, what makes everyone else right?
    Just becuase people may assume or think one thing, doesn’t necessarilly mean they are correct.

  6. Anthony Carbone said on February 29th, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Queppa, thanks for your interesting point of view! However the only thing this car is going to change is the level of technology that rival cars manufacturers will have to implement to up the ante. Porsche will answer back as with BMW and the others more luxurious brands of the world in order to keep Nissan in check. The GT-R is an amazing technological wonder (even though its a Glorified Infinity G35), as it was when the R32 GT-R made its debut in 1989 and smoked Holden’s and Ford V8’s in the Australian Bathurst 1000 touring-car race 2 years straight 91/92 which is when it first got its name “Godzilla – Monster from Japan”.

    To answer your question about what makes everyone else right, nothing does, not sure where you got that notion but you should re-read my post, perception is nothing that can be quantified by right or wrong as it it a qualitative measure of ones unique understanding of the world around them.

    I hope you continue to visit the site and post your views, they are extremely refreshing and I look forward to all your future comments!



  7. JASE-ONE said on March 8th, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Okay I think I need to educate you on Nissan a little. Since I live in Japan for 15 years I can say that Porsche, Audi and VW is alway a car that Japanese view as great cars. The only problem is that the Japan government charges almost 100% import tax for a foreign car. This makes it pretty hard for Japanese to afford to by them. Unknown to the U.S. Nissan based customers out there, Nissan was in some serious financial problems a few years back. So bad they ask Diamler (Mercedes Benz) to buy a percentage of the company to help them out of a financial bind. But let’s get to the real thing here……Nissan had to buy a Porsche 911 Turbo (Automatic) in order to figure out how to (bottom line) beat it. In Japan a 911 turbo is around $190,000 compared to the $120,000 else where. As for comparing Nissan to Audi’s and VW there is no comparison because here (Japan) the german cars are the icons. Nissan is a coming up in the world but believe me don’t believe the hype because over here I’ve seen Skylines and Porsches go at it on the highway. They are pretty equal but I’m afraid I will have to go for the Porsche because they have a better sports line up. Boxster, Caymen, Carrera, 911 Turbo, GT3, GT2 and Carerra GT. Nissan has the 350z and the Skyline…….if they were going to go after the porsche they should have started with the Boxster S or Caymen S these cars generate the most sales. Last but not least its how deep your pockets are.

  8. KingTito said on May 7th, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    Nissan definitely isn’t Hyundai – Hyundai doesn’t have a track record of covering up the fact that for YEARS their airbags were blinding people permanently because of poor design.

    You’d have to be stupid to buy a supercar designed by a company that covered up those kinds of safety problems.

  9. KingTito said on May 7th, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    I agree totally – at the end of the day, the Nissan is still just that, a Nissan. I tend to factor in all the attributes of a manufacturer when I buy a car, and comparing Porsche’s record in terms of both performance and engineering, especially SAFETY, there’s just no comparison.

    From what I’ve seen of Nissan, they seem to be the manufacturer of choice for the poor man’s muscle car – they take a lot of HP, cram it into a cheap and shoddy vehicle. I can’t imagine the GTR is going to be all that much better, and god forbid you actually crash one at the track or on the road, nissan occupants don’t tend to fare well in accidents.

    There are so many better choices in that price range, that it just doesn’t make any sense to spend that kind of money on a souped-up G35 or whatever it is. Relative to the cost of a 911T or a Z06, you wouldn’t even dent your checkbook putting a little more HP under the hood if you felt that concerned about a GTR being a little faster off the line.

  10. ha hoo said on June 3rd, 2008 at 9:14 am

    comparing a Skyline with a 911 is like comparing a Hiundai with a 350Z…….

  11. hamad said on June 7th, 2008 at 10:35 am

    Disagree totally ,, the GT-R is $70,000 but the Porsche is more than 140, do you want to double the price to show everyone how wealthy you are!? or you need to buy a car which value for what you are paying for, if I can buy a Porsche turbo for $70,000 I will defiantly think about the brand name, otherwise, GT-R is the right supercar for $70 segment… do you want a 140 thousands dollar car, just wait for the Lexus LF-A : ) arios amigo.. I will pay extra money for a brand name, but I will not exceed 5 grand’s because I will be stuped if did that

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  13. Freddy said on July 18th, 2008 at 12:28 am

    In the United States, the only people driving porshes are old men with greying hair that are afraid of getting their car scratched…With the Nissan you’re not paying a premium to buy the name tag!

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  16. Fadi said on August 23rd, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    @KingTito. I am going to have to disagree with you.. There are pictures of a pretty badly crashed GTR in Singapore.. And if you look at the pictures of the interior it’s like it’s never been hit.. In other words if you look at the pictures carefully you can clearly see that the body of the GTR is really well built and really safe.

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  18. jaspergtr said on September 9th, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    i’ve had skylines, skyline gt-r’s. i currently have a g35 and the new r35 gt-r. this is not just a glorified g35… the only thing that resembles a similarity are the front side markers, and the gas cap… everything else (even the wipers) is different.

    different chassis, interior, engine, suspension, brakes, stereo, seats, headlights, fuel tank, etc…

    i don’t even see where this comment is originating from, unless you are confusing the past skyline gt-r models that used a skyline chassis and added some performance components much like bmw still does with the m3.

  19. ISRAEL said on September 10th, 2008 at 6:42 am

    For you guys opting for the 911s well its clear that you definitely prefer big names to big performance figures. the gtr is still a nissan but will easily sprint ahead of the porsche anytime like it or not. you porsche fans just av to admit and swallow the my gtr will rev the daylights out of your porsches

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  22. ronald said on October 8th, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    so in other words what are you saying that a hyundai can beat a 350z, cause we’ve been killing 911 4 years.

  23. ronald said on October 8th, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    don’t lie man. nissan is number 1 in japan and the GTR is the KING, bottom line………..

  24. Shane said on October 11th, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    Porsche is a over-rated, glorified beetle! You all just a bunch of sheep following years of brainwashing from brilliant marketing. You all want to get into your investigations of cars and safety. You overlooking the fact that NO german car in the world measures up to the reliability of Nissan, Toyota, Honda and even Hyundai for that matter. Wake up here is a car that costs half of what a porsche does and I will kick your porsche over-priced ass in it. Have a nice day 😉

  25. Shane said on October 11th, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    Well said Fadi! It appears that these Porsche fanatics will thumb-suck any kind of nonsense to explain why their glorified VW beetles cost so much and do so little! Personally I would take a Tata Indica over a porsche (NO LIE)!!!

  26. J said on October 16th, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    The new GTR is an amazing car, no matter who it’s made by, but that doesn’t take anything away from how great the cars that Porsche has come up with are… some people would rather pay an extra 30k-100k for the ‘look’ and proven track record of a Porsche. I think the problem Porsche guys have is a lower end company (price wise) is now playing with the big boys… nobody mentioned ferrari or those other ‘exotic’ car makers… cars like the Carrera GT show how much Porsche isn’t just a name… they build exceptional cars, if anything they set standards. Just be happy to live in a time where you get to witness or even drive such great pieces of machinery. We used to ride around on horses…. 😉

  27. ronald said on October 16th, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    hey look at it this way. the legendery (skiline)GTR is the only car which a video game was depending on to bring it glory. where would Gran Turismo be without a skyline in it? definitly not where it is is jus an awsome company, we got nissan 4 cyl running low 7’s, 350z doing mid 6’s, the best 4wd/awd system on the planet, we’ve done land speed reords n broken so many track records, so i dont give a shit about what any body wants 2 say “ThIER GREAT”. oh jus one ? how many engines out there can take 35psi on stock parts? cause n sr20 did.

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    Ok, look. All these cars are GREAT. IT JUST DEPENDS ON HOW MUCH MONEY YOU HAVE!!!!!!! THE END

  31. jack said on December 20th, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    I have owned 3 gtrs a 90 godzilla,a 97 vspec and a 34 99 ,they really cant be compared to a normal nissan , the porsche is a well engineered car no doubt about it and i have driven a few ,but the gtr is the best in handling in my opinion and the power is amazing with a few tweaks these things can go hard and are reliable ,im intending to get one of these new ones the road tests were really good and i would back one of these against a porsche anyday in a race, especially in the wet where they really excell ,if they ever get the weight down like porsche they will really go .But i must admit how porsche get the power they do out of their normal six is pretty darn good and great engineering . If anyone remembers the flogging the gtr dished out in bathurst it showed how reliable and fast they were, and they those 700 hp v8s standing in the straight and that was after they were handicapped 200 hp ,the earlier ones can get up to 1000 hp without too much of a problem ,

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  34. Adam said on April 26th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Skylines win hands down at the end of the day!
    Look at the price you pay for one compared to a porsche, whoever mentioned a porsche carrera gt(yes that is fit) thats 300k+
    A nissan GT-R stock is quicker than that stock, imagine if you gave a gear head 100k to spend and do whatever shit he wanted to it but just to make it as fast as possible.

    And driving a skyline is just cool 😛

  35. Kat said on May 2nd, 2009 at 10:21 am

    I owned a Porsche and they are the biggest heap of shit on the planet. Sure they look great, go great but its the fucking downtime on the heaps of shit. From the showroom floor they burn oil. This is natural. And when I went to the sell the heap of crap, the wankers I had to deal with. Other so called Porsche owners. What a bunch of knobs. Any wanker Porsche owner who says they never have had any mechanical problems with their Porsche is a fucking arse liar. I used to be one and say such half cocked excuses. “Break down is a part owning a Porsche.”
    My advice. If you are contemplating buying a Porsche, Just buy the fucking badge and wear it around you neck. Because really thats all you are buying, just a name. Everyone’s an expert except for the people who know! Anthony Carbone you look like a WANKER!

  36. Ethan said on May 12th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    This makes me want a GT-R, but even if i had the money, I still wouldn’t buy one for the same reason I wouldn’t buy a Viper or Vette: Do you *really* want the same guys who work on $16k Sentras, Neons or Cobalts working your $80k GT-R, Viper or Vette?

    I wouldn’t either. If I lay down that much cheese on a car, I want the BEST guys working on it, not some kid outta high school who can’t hold down a job for more than a month.

  37. jaspergtr said on May 26th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    The same guys do not work on the GT-R as other Nissans. If you knew more about the car, instead of spouting off misinformation, people in general wouldn’t make such uninformed comments.

    You’d know only the dealer principal or gm of dealership can sell you the car. And you’d also know that you get appointed the senior service manager, and at least 1 certified GT-R tech (usually the senior tech – sometimes two). Nobody else can even sit in the car. The ownership experience has been unlike I’ve ever had. If you got a Porsche and took it, you’d be just another Porsche owner. But when I show up at the dealership (perhaps just to get the free nitrogen), always preferred treatment, head of line, grade A treatment everytime.

    If you’d like some factual information about the car, instead of whatever you read on the serious internets, let me know. Because there is more myths about this car than I can even imagine, and comments like your’s, perpetuate the ignorance.

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