'Godzilla' to the United States!
Finally Nissan has decided to make a smart move and import
'Godzilla' to the United States! Every auto enthusiast state side has been puzzled
why Nissan never made the obvious business decision to import it's flagship Skyline.
Toyota had the 'Horse' sense to grace us with four generations of Supra's, which
were all first rate contenders against sport cars of their day. Maybe Carlos Ghosn
Nissan's chief executive office had something to do with the company's choice
to bestow the all new 2009 Nissan GT-R in American driving hands.
480 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque linked to a rear mounted transmission
sending power to all four wheels via an independently based transaxle which requires
two driveshaft's like a 4X4 truck. The all new AWD system uses electronic sensors
and hydraulically actuated clutches to maximize driving control instead of mechanical
feedback found on older Skylines equipped with Nissan's ATTESSA-ETS. The power
plant is a VR38 3.8 liter V-6 which is different then Nissan's award winning VQ
engines. The cylinder walls have been treated with a plasma-deposited friction
reducing material and twin IHI turbo's have been integrated into the exhaust manifolds
for space and heat advantages.
This new techno-wizardry blasts the new GT-R from 0-60 mph in
3.5 seconds and passes the 1320 mark in 11.7 seconds at a blistering 149 mph,
all while still retaining 21 mpg on the highway and 15 mpg cruising in the city.
Shifting is a breeze with Nissan's auto clutch manual transmission that makes
gear changes in .2 seconds when in ' R' mode. Skidpad numbers are remarkable also,
.99 g's and it stops in 111 feet from 60-0 mph when traffic comes to an abrupt
stop. So you might think the above factory numbers might constitute a six figure
price tag especially for a Japanese import making it's 'debut' here on red, white,
and blue soil.
When the GT-R becomes available June 2008 Nissan will
be competing with the 911 turbo, Corvette Z06, and other high performance vehicles,
but prices should be approximately between 65-80 thousand dollars. So if you don't
want to go through the hassle of importing an older R series Skyline then just
stop by your local Nissan dealer and order yourself the new and improved Godzilla.
3.8 V6 24-valve twin turbo
443 lb-feet torque
3.5 sec 0-60
11.7 @ 149
mph 1/4 mile
190+ mph top speed
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