Nissan GT-R

The Nissan GT-R was first released in Japan in 2007. It is a sports car manufactured by Nissan and features all-wheel-drive. There were two concept vehicles unveiled before the GT-R was produced. One in 2001 and a redesigned concept in 2005 called the GT-R Proto. The 2007 GT-R model was based 80-90 percent on the Proto concept vehicle.

The first United States GT-R was delivered on July 7, 2008, in Canada also in July 2008, and in Europe in March 2009. The design of the GT-R had input from American and European designers. As of 2012, a total of 6,877 GT-Rs have been produced.

Some features of the GT-R include high intensity automatic on/off headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED rear lights, power adjustable and folding outside heated mirrors, four 5-inch exhaust outlets and UV-reducing solar glass.

Each year from its 2007 initial release, the GT-R has had improved performance from the 3.8-litre V-6. Between 2007 and 2010 the engine produced 485 hp and 434 lb-ft of torque. In 2010 the horsepower was increased to 523 and torque to 451. In 2012 horsepower again increased to 542 and  torque to 463. The transmission is a rear-mounted BorgWarner six-speed dual clutch semi-automatic gearbox.

With the extra hp power produced the 0-60 mph times went from 3.5 seconds in 2009 to 2.8 seconds in 2013. Quarter mile times have also decreased from 11.9 seconds to 10.8 seconds.

In 2011, the GT-R was put in the Guinness World Records as the fastest accelerating 0 – 60 mph by a four seat production car.

AMS performance tuned a GT-R (Alpha Omega) to produce between 1700 – 1750 hp. It turned a 1.7 second 0 – 60 time, and ran a 7.98 second 186.14 mph quarter mile, (viewed as the quickest GT-R in the world). Other records set by the Omega include a 4.4-second 0-100 mph; a 11.87-second 0-200 mph; a 2.67-second 60-130 mph; a 2.45-second 100-150 mph; and a 214.04 mph standing half mile.

Image Caption: Nissan GT-R at the Nissan Gallery in Chuo, Tokyo, Japan. Credit: Hatsukari715/Wikipedia (public domain)