Benchracing in Extremis - 2009 Nissan GT-R Long-Term Road Test
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2009 Nissan GT-R Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan GT-R: Benchracing in Extremis

June 05, 2009

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2009 Nissan GT-R + 2008 Chevy Corvette Z06 + El Mirage Dry lakebed = WEEEEE!

I mean, *cough cough*, this is serious business, no place for silly drag races up and down an abandoned stretch of desert.

Months ago, Edmunds and ran it head-to-head with a brand new Mustang GT500KR. Serious business. Very little fun to be had. So when we had more people necessary for a successful video / photo shoot than we had cars, choosing a support car was difficult. The Caravan was already booked. So was the Smart. Poor us. Someone (me) would have to take the GT-R.

Now, we still had to get some work done, so most of the day was spent flat-out in the big V8s, but with a Z06 and GT-R out there, together, we had to make at least one run. Wouldn't you?

Follow the jump for a second-by-second account and some graphs!!!

From my perspective in the GT-R:

:00 -- Wait, how's the launch control work in this thing (it still had it then).

:01 -- Will LC be too strong for the silt ?

:02 -- Ahhh, the countdown's started

:03 -- Found LC, brake floored, accel floored

:04: -- That Z06 is going to spin out and crash into me on launch

:05 -- Oh crap, flag dropped, release brake

:05.5 -- What the hell? I let off the brake, why aren't I moving?

:06 -- Oh dear God this is fast.

:07 -- My eyes hurt.

:08 -- My heart and lungs have just turned into a single organ

:09 -- Damn, the z06 got out of the hole. I've still got a car length or two though

:10 -- wow, fast shifts. Z06 will spin 'em if it rips off a fast shift. I've got this EASY

:11 -- This is getting boring. I wish I had to shift

:12 -- Is that Corvette getting closer. how does that "closer than it appears" thing works?

:13 -- Yeah, Z06 is closing fast

:14 -- We wave, side by side

:15 -- They wave goodbye

:16 -- I can't see through all of this dust

:17 -- Whoops, gotta brake...almost out of lakebed.

And then we put the GT-R away to focus on some cars with torque. But we've never had a Z06 and GT-R at the track on the same day. Sure, we've ran ours against the ZR-1, but never a "plain-Jane" Z06. The numbers are close (as we all know from spec-sheet racing these two cars); 3.7 (Z06) to 60 Vs 3.5 (GT-R); 11.7 Vs 11.7. But take a closer look and you'll notice the trap speeds: 115 (GT-R) Vs.123 (Z06). I don't know if you're aware, but 123 mph at the end of only 1,320 feet is MOVING.

So with that I present a made up comparison test of the Z06 Vs the GT-R: 65- 121 mph. (The GT-R maxed out at 121.3 during testing or else I would've made the test-end higher.) Consider this as fodder for argument as these were on different days with different drivers, potentially at different tracks. But the idea is what counts here.

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The blue line here represents the Z06. It accomplished this test in 971.72 feet at only 6.91 seconds. The GT-R as expressed by a red line, did the deed in 1,116.33 feet and took 7.91 seconds.

But what does the big daddy ZR-1 do in that made-up test? How about that Twin-Turbo Ford GT we tested?

Glad you asked! The ZR-1 trips 120 MPH in only 5.9 second and takes a scant 818.83 feet while the GT1000, once its done frothing its tires, hits 120 in 5.11 seconds in 702.55 feet. Ohhh, you want another graph? Sweet.

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Light blue here is clearly the GT1000 while the green line is devoted to the ZR-1.

And now that that's settled we can all move on with our lives.

Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant.


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