2009 Nissan GT-R: How Fast Without Launch Control?
December 05, 2008
So how fast is it w/o using launch control?" asked Desmolicious. This was the first reply when Straightline broke the news that the 2010 Nissan GT-R would not be available with the launch control feature that helps the car get some pretty amazing times. Turns out that this sort of thing -- electronically dumping the clutch on a 480-hp, AWD car with the revs way up -- could do some pretty serious damage to the gearbox as well as the tires. "We just don't want to deal with the warranty nightmare anymore. It'll make the 2009 GT-R really special. It'll be the only R35 with launch control." Said a ranking Nissan Exec.
There's been a lot of speculation on the performance, but we have data loggers and test drivers and a closed test facility, we don't need to speculate. Last week we put our 2009 Nissan GT-R back on the starting line, this time without launch control. Follow the jump for the numbers.
0-60 : 3.53
1/4 mile @ mph: 11.77 @ 118.63
0-60 : 4.0
1/4 mile @ mph: 12.3 @ 118.5
Comments: "After trying every combination of suspension settings, shift protocol, automatic and manual shift, and traction control, I tried a completely default run (Normal: shift, suspension, trac) and it effectively tied my all-R / Manual shifted run. Big bog out of the hole, but then it goes like stink."
The Blue line represents the GT-R w/ launch control, the red line is w/o.
There you have it. 4.3 instead of 3.83.
Let the GT-R bashing begin!
Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 13,185 miles