2009 Nissan GT-R Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan GT-R: Just Be "R" Rated All The Time

September 08, 2009

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Enabling our longterm Nissan GT-R's "R" shift calibration setting requires you toggle this lever up for a second or two. In the "R" setting, the transmission shifts noticeably quicker than the default setting with no additional shift shock, making it the setting to use all the time.

I like "R" when the transmission is in full auto mode. I like "R" when it's in manual mode. And I switch amongst auto and manual modes a half-dozen times or more on any trip more than twenty minutes. I'd make "R" the default if I could, but it's no big deal to flip it on when I get in the car.

The real head-scratcher, though, is that the GT-R cancels the "R" setting every time I switch from auto to manual, or vice versa. Swtich to auto, re-engage R. Switch back to manual, re-engage R.

Makes no sense.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

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