Benchracing in Extremis - 2009 Nissan GT-R Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan GT-R Long-Term Road Test

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2009 Nissan GT-R: Benchracing in Extremis

June 05, 2009

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2009 Nissan GT-R + 2008 Chevy Corvette Z06 + El Mirage Dry lakebed = WEEEEE!

I mean, *cough cough*, this is serious business, no place for silly drag races up and down an abandoned stretch of desert.

Months ago, Edmunds and ran it head-to-head with a brand new Mustang GT500KR. Serious business. Very little fun to be had. So when we had more people necessary for a successful video / photo shoot than we had cars, choosing a support car was difficult. The Caravan was already booked. So was the Smart. Poor us. Someone (me) would have to take the GT-R.

Now, we still had to get some work done, so most of the day was spent flat-out in the big V8s, but with a Z06 and GT-R out there, together, we had to make at least one run. Wouldn't you?

Follow the jump for a second-by-second account and some graphs!!!

From my perspective in the GT-R:

:00 -- Wait, how's the launch control work in this thing (it still had it then).

:01 -- Will LC be too strong for the silt ?

:02 -- Ahhh, the countdown's started

:03 -- Found LC, brake floored, accel floored

:04: -- That Z06 is going to spin out and crash into me on launch

:05 -- Oh crap, flag dropped, release brake

:05.5 -- What the hell? I let off the brake, why aren't I moving?

:06 -- Oh dear God this is fast.

:07 -- My eyes hurt.

:08 -- My heart and lungs have just turned into a single organ

:09 -- Damn, the z06 got out of the hole. I've still got a car length or two though

:10 -- wow, fast shifts. Z06 will spin 'em if it rips off a fast shift. I've got this EASY

:11 -- This is getting boring. I wish I had to shift

:12 -- Is that Corvette getting closer. how does that "closer than it appears" thing works?

:13 -- Yeah, Z06 is closing fast

:14 -- We wave, side by side

:15 -- They wave goodbye

:16 -- I can't see through all of this dust

:17 -- Whoops, gotta brake...almost out of lakebed.

And then we put the GT-R away to focus on some cars with torque. But we've never had a Z06 and GT-R at the track on the same day. Sure, we've ran ours against the ZR-1, but never a "plain-Jane" Z06. The numbers are close (as we all know from spec-sheet racing these two cars); 3.7 (Z06) to 60 Vs 3.5 (GT-R); 11.7 Vs 11.7. But take a closer look and you'll notice the trap speeds: 115 (GT-R) Vs.123 (Z06). I don't know if you're aware, but 123 mph at the end of only 1,320 feet is MOVING.

So with that I present a made up comparison test of the Z06 Vs the GT-R: 65- 121 mph. (The GT-R maxed out at 121.3 during testing or else I would've made the test-end higher.) Consider this as fodder for argument as these were on different days with different drivers, potentially at different tracks. But the idea is what counts here.

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The blue line here represents the Z06. It accomplished this test in 971.72 feet at only 6.91 seconds. The GT-R as expressed by a red line, did the deed in 1,116.33 feet and took 7.91 seconds.

But what does the big daddy ZR-1 do in that made-up test? How about that Twin-Turbo Ford GT we tested?

Glad you asked! The ZR-1 trips 120 MPH in only 5.9 second and takes a scant 818.83 feet while the GT1000, once its done frothing its tires, hits 120 in 5.11 seconds in 702.55 feet. Ohhh, you want another graph? Sweet.


Light blue here is clearly the GT1000 while the green line is devoted to the ZR-1.

And now that that's settled we can all move on with our lives.

Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant.

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