2009 Nissan GT-R Long-Term Road Test


2009 Nissan GT-R: The Angry Refrigerator

May 19, 2009

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There's only a small palette of colors for the GT-R and it looks bad in all of them, really. Our plain white car looks like some kind of angry refrigerator, as if The Brave Little Toaster had turned into a horror movie.

I think our only hope is to buy some contact paper and create a replica of the Nismo-prepared GT-R now being raced in Europe. This is Nissan's first factory-built racing car in a decade, and it's meant to be a preliminary effort to prepare for the FIA's GT1 championship next year. Gigawave Motorsport is fielding the car in four races, and it's being driven by long-time Nismo driver Michael Krumm and Gigawave's Darren Turner.

Though this Nismo car carries no. 35, it's not exactly an R35 GT-R. This is a 2,756-pound rear-wheel-drive chassis and it's powered by the Nissan 5.6-liter V8 that we know in the Nissan Titan pickup truck, only it's been tuned to produce 600 hp and 479 pound-feet of torque.

Looks pretty good, even in white. Maybe an angry refrigerator is a good thing.

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor @ 20,656 miles

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