2009 Nissan GT-R Long-Term Road Test


2009 Nissan GT-R: Night rider

October 01, 2008

Nissan GT-R at night

Shook hands with Godzilla last night, and had a brief, but enjoyable visit. This thing's good. I only experienced two freeway on-ramps to get just a hint of the handling, but it sticks like glue through the turns. If you probed the limits on a public road, you may find yourself on your head. The steering is good, but not great. But the acceleration at speed is amazing, the fastest I've ever experienced. If you mash the throttle on the freeway, there may not be a downshift but there's no drama; you're just gone. And you find yourself quickly going crazy fast. As Dan said, the speedo's useless, but there is a nice digital speed display so you can confirm the traffic citation.

Nissan GT-R Polyphony/Xanavi display

Nissan GT-R Polyphony Xanavi

The Polyphony/Xanavi display is fun to play with, but I wasn't about to take a pic while I was driving, so the two screens I'm showing here were when the car was stationary, hence not much displayed data. There are 11 different screens that show engine functions, lateral and longitudinal acceleration, torque distribution, driver's steering and pedal inputs, and some others. It's technically fascinating.

The 6-speed dual clutch transmission is excellent, but first gear is clunky and sometimes even throws you forward. Also, in first and second gears, there is some crunching sounds coming from the transmission. That wasn't pleasant.

But I love the styling. It's the only Japan car that I would call Bad. You know, like Tony Montana or Mr. Blonde.

Albert Austria, Sr Vehicle Evaluation Engineer @ 7622 mi

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