2009 Nissan GT-R: Screw the Warranty, Launch it
November 18, 2008
On Saturday morning I took our long-term 2009 Nissan GT-R to the hand wash. I was going to display it that evening at our unveil party for the 2009 Nissan 370Zand it was in deep need of a bath. Of course, everyone at the car wash wanted to know about the car, including a nice man there to bathe his almost new 350Z.
He wanted to know how much faster the GT-R was than his Z, which by the way was rolling on heavy 19s. I told him the GT-R was much faster than his Z. That it wasn't even close. That the GT-R's speed was in a whole other dimension than his ride.
He wasn't buying it. "But they're both V6s," he said. "Same engine, how can one be that much faster than the other? My Z would be just as quick if I threw on a turbo."
I argued the benefits of the GT-R's special engine, dual-cluch transmission and all-wheel drive, but he wasn't buying. So I offered to take him for a ride.
Screw the warranty. I set the launch control and blew his mind. He had no idea a car could be as quick as the GT-R. Its performance was actually out of the man's limited imagination, beyond what he thought was possible. After three gears he begged me to slow down.
It was such a good launch I went back to the spot after I dropped the guy off at his Z. The GT-R laid a 23 ft. patch (look closely at the photo) with its rear tires before the all-wheel drive system caught up and send some of that power to the front tires.
Scott Oldham, Edmunds Editor in Chief