How It Fares on the Driveway - 2009 Nissan GT-R Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan GT-R Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan GT-R: How It Fares on the Driveway

August 20, 2009

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In a previous post, commenter "mptlptr" had asked if we are able to negotiate driveways without having to go in/out at an angle in our 2009 Nissan GT-R. Despite the scrapes show in this picture, I was surprised to find that we didn't have to come in at a steep angle or ease ourselves onto the street, at least from our company driveway, the cause of many a scuffed-up chin. See this Z post.

Yup, unlike our Z, the GT-R doesn't require extra babying to exit the company garage. But the Z scrapes almost every time even when I'm braking and going slowww over that transition at an angle even.

Another test is 15-mph bumps. In the Z, I could brake before and during the bump and yet still manage to scrape its chin. In the GT-R, I could go over those bumps straight on at 21 mph and still emerge unscathed.

BTW, I took a ruler to the GT-R and found that the car's chin is about 6 inches off the ground, while the portion that's right in front of the front wheel is a little over 5 inches. Brent has the Z and says, "I used a tape measure. It's lowest on the corners of the car and at that point there's 4 and 11/16ths inches (or 107 mm) of ground clearance."

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 27,548 miles

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