DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
545 @ 6,400
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
463 @ 3,200-5,800
Six-speed auto-double-clutch manual and column-mounted paddles with sport/competition modes
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
Fast but finicky. Was inexplicably slow for the first four or five launches, even with the 4,000-rpm launch control engaged. And then suddenly on the seventh attempt, it launched properly, with full power and all four tires spinning. Quickest run was in transmission "A" setting, letting the computer make the super-fast upshifts itself. Manual shifting is via steering-column-mounted paddles. Holds gears to rev limiter. Blips throttle on downshifts.
Erratic stopping distances, but incredibly stable and secure. Pedal is firm, but I expected it would be even firmer. First stop was 111 feet. Best stop was 6th (out of 7) at 106 feet. Worst was third stop at 113 feet.
Skid pad: Lots and lots of grip here. Odd that clockwise direction was ever so slightly quicker than counter-clockwise, both with ESC off and ESC on. Modulating the throttle didn't do a whole lot to alter the GT-R's attitude. Slalom: Downright amazing around the cones. Quick, precise steering and lots of grip. Very confidence-inspiring, and not as on edge as most cars that can achieve nearly 74 mph. Getting on the throttle early around the second-to-last cone would bring the tail out nicely, even with the all-wheel drive. "R" VDC mode, which allows some ESC intervention, proved just as quick as with everything turned off.