The Beauty of All-Wheel Drive - 2009 Nissan GT-R Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan GT-R Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan GT-R: The Beauty of All-Wheel Drive

December 17, 2008


I awoke this morning to the coldest temps in recent memory around here. Which, in Santa Monica, means high 40s, so yeah, not really cold at all. Still, the cool air seemed to have chilled the GT-R's bones a bit as it turned over a little more lazily than usual. I also noticed that the dashboard display screen took a minute or two to warm up like some old vacuum tube TV

That said, once everything was up to temp the GT-R had no trouble with the slick roads from last night's rain. Like Roman's pointed out earlier, you don't realize how insane all-wheel drive can be until you try laying down some serious horsepower on a damp, cold street. There was a slip here and there, but for the most part the GT-R could still muster a pretty serious launch. Not the mythical transmission-busting kind of launch, but certainly one that would leave a rear-wheel drive car wallowing in the Nissan's tire spray.

Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor @ 14,067 miles

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