2009 Nissan GT-R Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2009 Nissan GT-R - Road Test Specs

2009 Nissan GT-R Coupe

(3.8L V6 Twin-turbo AWD 6-speed Automated Manual)


Model year2009
StylePremium 2dr Coupe AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 6AM)
Base MSRP$72,645
Options on test vehicleSuper Silver Paint ($3,000), Floormats ($280)
As-tested MSRP$75,925


Drive typeAll-wheel drive
Engine typeLongitudinally mounted, twin-turbocharged V6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,799 (232)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDouble-overhead camshaft, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake and exhaust valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)9.0:1
Redline (rpm)7,000
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)480 @ 6,400
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)430 @ 3,200
Transmission type6-speed Automated Manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I = 4.056, II = 2.301, III = 1.595, IV = 1.248, V = 1.001, VI = 0.796, R = 3.383, Final Drive = 3.700


Suspension, frontIndependent aluminum double wishbone, coil springs, Bilstein adaptive monotube dampers, antiroll bar
Suspension, rearIndependent aluminum multi-link, coil springs, Bilstein adaptive monotube dampers, antiroll bar
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.0:1
Tire brandBridgestone
Tire modelPotenza RE070R
Tire typeHigh-performance run-flat
Tire size, front255/40ZRF20 97Y
Tire size, rear285/35ZRF20 100Y
Wheel size20 X 9.5 front - 20 X 10.5 rear
Wheel materialForged aluminum
Brakes, front15.0-x-1.3-inch ventilated disc, Brembo 6-piston fixed calipers
Brakes, rear15.0-x-1.2-inch ventilated disc, Brembo 4-piston fixed calipers

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)2.4
0-60 mph (sec.)3.5
0-75 mph (sec.)5.1
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)11.7 @ 116.8
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)3.2
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)25
60-0 mph (ft.)98
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)74.0
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.96
Sound level @ idle (dB)52.2
@ Full throttle (dB)84.8
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)77.6

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsWhat can I say that hasn't already been said? The GT-R hardly feels like a car -- it's more like a loud bullet train leaving the station with all the electric motors on "MAX!" Best run needed a little pedalin' to quell wheelspin and grabbing next gear prior to redline.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsA new Edmunds record-short stop (on the 8th run)! Distances were obviously coming down, but slowly, so I did a 100-mph-to-0 stop and suddenly dropped a couple more feet. Zero dive, no drama, and it didn't care if it was bumpy, dusty or smooth.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsSlalom: Strikingly quick and nimble for its size. Very, very easy to manage at the limit. Not so easy to place -- difficult to tell where the corners of the bodywork and the tires are. Skid pad: Can feel the mass here. Not terribly receptive to throttle adjustments. Starts to feel its size.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1121
Temperature (°F)75
Wind (mph, direction)4 mph S

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)Not yet certified
Edmunds observed (mpg)19.1
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)19.5

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,858
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,900
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)55/45
Length (in.)183.3
Width (in.)74.6
Height (in.)53.9
Wheelbase (in.)109.5
Track, front (in.)62.6
Track, rear (in.)63.0
Turning circle (ft.)36.6
Legroom, front (in.)44.6
Legroom, rear (in.)26.4
Headroom, front (in.)38.1
Headroom, rear (in.)33.5
Shoulder room, front (in.)N/A
Shoulder room, rear (in.)N/A
Seating capacity4
Cargo volume (cu-ft)8.8
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)Seats do not fold


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited mileage
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenance3 years (covers annual drivetrain and wheel alignment inspections with adjustments performed as needed; oil changes & wear-related repairs not included)


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front
Knee airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionNot Available
Tire-pressure monitoring systemStandard
Emergency assistance systemNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested

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