Nissan’s Skyline GT-R has been one of the iconic cars of the late 20th century, marrying high technology with the ability to drive quicker than many exotic super cars. The GT-R was even christened â€˜Godzilla’ in Australia when it demolished all competition in the Touring Car Championship during the early 1990’s.
But it has been four years since the last R34 Skyline GT-R ceased production, and obviously the wait for the new GT-R has been an excruciating one. But first there was the GT-R Proto, a concept unveiled at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show. That car has been slowly developed into the GT-R we see in spy pictures today. So, what is so important in 2009 Nissan Skyline GTR that people are so interested in this future vehicle?
In line with Nissan’s President and CEO Carlos Ghosn’s intentions, the car will simply be known as the GT-R, to distance it from the Skyline range. There was some controversy over what brand the car would fall under – Infinity dealers desperately wanted the car to be an Infinity GT-R, but it will officially be known as the Nissan GT-R.
The power plant is still a bit of a mystery. It is a V6 supposedly derived from the engine in the 350Z, displacing between 3.2 and 3.8 liters, with twin turbos. Power output is estimated to be in the 450-480 horsepower range with torque coming in at 370 ft-lb. With those sorts of figure a 0-60 mph time of less than four seconds is likely, so it comes as no surprise that when the test mules are out they are often accompanied by 480 horsepower Porsche 911 turbo chase vehicles. At the Nurburgring the mules were reportedly lapping in around the seven minute range, which is really blasting along.
There were initial rumors that 2009 Nissan Skyline GTR car would be powered by a V8, called the VK45DETT, but that’s unlikely due to the ease of getting enough power from a lighter V6.
As with all other GT-Rs, 2009 Nissan Skyline has all wheel drive and an evolution of the ATTESA ET-S torque sensing system. Lotus has been contracted to help with suspension and handling development, and some spy pics indicate that the car will be available with a paddle shift automatic or sequential gearbox.
Demand for the car is so strong that Nissan is debating whether it should void warranties on any cars sold within a year, to curb speculators who would buy the car and then quickly sell it on for more than its sticker price.
The production GT-R will be unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in October, with Japanese sales beginning soon after. The GT-R will be launched in the US in spring 2008, with pricing in the $70,000 range. Interestingly, it will be the first time a GT-R is officially on sale in the US, as previously owners had to import the cars themselves.