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Here are two documents that Nissan generated to assist you in better undersatnding what the GTR can do. These documents would be ideal for GT-R buyers:
1.) GTR-R one Pager contains a summary of product, option and competitor information
2.) GT-R eBrochure: contains additional imagery of the vehicle
1989 was the first year Nissan debuted the skyline GT-R to compete in the J.T.C ( Japan Touring Car). It was undefeated in its first season and held the record of winning 29 out 29 races.
In 1991 Nissan Skyline entered the Nurburgring 24 hour endurance race for the first time, and went on to win the overall competition, beating out competitors that have been racing for years.
After years of dominating the J.T.C , It earned the nickname of "Godzilla" and was given its own series the J.G.T.C.
Between 1991 and 1997 the Skyline was undefeated and held many records, none more famous than the record held at Pikes Peak hill climb. With no guard rails and unpredictable weather conditions, the course climbs 4708 feet and includes 156 turns.
Nissan has never imported this car to the states due to not meeting U.S specs, but its reputation is known throughout the states.
Jump foward to the present time. After years of wishing and longing the G.T.R, a car that embodies true performance will be availiable in the states for the first time in its history. With an all-new VR38 Twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 with plasma-sprayed bores, 480 ps horsepower, 430 lb-ft of torque.
All-wheel drive system with rear-mounted transaxle integrating transmission, differential and Awd transfer case and carbon-composite main driveshaft.
5-way high-performance mechanical limited-slip differential. GR6-type dual clutch transmission with paddle shifters and three driver-selectable modes.
One thing is for sure... ..."GODZILLA" has arrived.
The history of the GT--R. Nine years after the Prince Motor Company introduced the Skyline in 1957, Prince and Nissan merged. A short three years later the Skyline GT-R was born, and what started out as a line of sedans marketed as luxury cars slowly began to earn supercar status. The car's 2.0 liter inline-six, a "relaxed" version of the R380 race engine, produced 158 horsepower. This allowed the GT-R to reign victorious at the japanese Grand Prix, which launched Nissan's motorsports career and started the GT-R legend. By 1972 the Skyline GT-R had amassed fifty overall race wins, but its presence in the consumer market was dwindling. After selling only 197 units in Japan in 1973, Nissan halted GT-R production. The company claimed that stricter emissions standards were the reason for the decison. In 1989 the modernday GT-R came to life after a sixteen-year hiatus. The high-tech R32 GT-R was powered by a turbocharged straight-six engine combined with all-wheel Super HICAS steering and all-wheeldrive. Two race-ready variants, the aerodynamic NISMO and the light weight N1, were produced for enthusiasts eager to hit the race track. The R33 GT-R, introduced at the 1993 Tokyo Motor Show, made its production debut in January 1995 with a slightly modified turbo engine. All-wheel drive became standard fare on all V-spec models, along with four-wheel ABS. This GT-R did the impossible, lapping the Nurburgring in under eight minutes. In 1999 the R34 GT-R Skyline came on the scene as an even sportier car, featuring an indas display that showed seven types of realtime driving statistics. Sales were strong. Then at the thirty-fifth Tokyo Motor Show in 2001, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn unveiled the GT-R Concept. The company put out a press release announcing, "Nissan will continue building the GT-R in the twenty-first century, providing the ultimate driving pleasure to even more people worldwide." Nissan did not disappoint. In 2002 a special-edition Nurburgring inspired GT-R featured a racing engine. NISMO hand built twenty street-legal "Z tune" GT-Rs with racing engines in 2004, each packing more than 500 horse power. The in 2005 the GT-R
Proto was revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show. More buzz. Now we come to the 2009 GT-R, a car that has already achieved a 7:38 lap at the Nurburgring. Under the hood is a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 producing 473 horsepower. This is the Nissan GT-R charged with erecting Nissan's famed Skyline banner in new markets the world over. Fortunately for us, that high-performance mission finally includes American dealerships. Steven J. Ewing