How Fast Without Launch Control? - 2009 Nissan GT-R Long-Term Road Test

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2009 Nissan GT-R: How Fast Without Launch Control?

December 05, 2008


So how fast is it w/o using launch control?" asked Desmolicious. This was the first reply when Straightline broke the news that the 2010 Nissan GT-R would not be available with the launch control feature that helps the car get some pretty amazing times. Turns out that this sort of thing -- electronically dumping the clutch on a 480-hp, AWD car with the revs way up -- could do some pretty serious damage to the gearbox as well as the tires. "We just don't want to deal with the warranty nightmare anymore. It'll make the 2009 GT-R really special. It'll be the only R35 with launch control." Said a ranking Nissan Exec.

There's been a lot of speculation on the performance, but we have data loggers and test drivers and a closed test facility, we don't need to speculate. Last week we put our 2009 Nissan GT-R back on the starting line, this time without launch control. Follow the jump for the numbers.

0-30: 1.61
0-45: 2.64
0-60 : 3.53
0-60: 3.83
0-75: 5.29
1/4 mile @ mph: 11.77 @ 118.63

Without LC:
0-30: 2.3
0-45: 3.2
0-60 : 4.0
0-60: 4.3
0-75: 5.8
1/4 mile @ mph: 12.3 @ 118.5

Comments: "After trying every combination of suspension settings, shift protocol, automatic and manual shift, and traction control, I tried a completely default run (Normal: shift, suspension, trac) and it effectively tied my all-R / Manual shifted run. Big bog out of the hole, but then it goes like stink."

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The Blue line represents the GT-R w/ launch control, the red line is w/o.

There you have it. 4.3 instead of 3.83.

Let the GT-R bashing begin!

Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 13,185 miles

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