October 24 was a busy day for Nissan. At a press conference from the annual Tokyo Auto Show, the company officially announced its launch of the much-anticipated Nissan GT-R. Before going any further, we should say this: The car is simply amazing-and we're getting it! Most of the rumors proved to be true-specifically that the GT-R will mark Nissan's return to an AWD, twin-turbo six platform. It gets better: The engine is an all-new "VR38" V-6, which tuners are already noting to be capable of producing record power.The GT-R will also receive a new independent transaxle AWD system that places the GR6-type trans and transfer case at the rear of the vehicle, improving weight distribution and legroom. Further enhancing chassis dynamics are the suspension improvements the GT-R sees from new Bilstein DampTronic struts. Simply put, the GT-R's system monitors driving conditions and surfaces and adjusts its struts to compensate; dampening force decreases for rough road travel and increases under hard cornering, launching or braking.
Nissan incorporated a "form follows function" philosophy in the design of the GT-R's exterior boasting carbon-fiber, aluminum and steel construction, a 0.27 coefficient of drag and enhanced front and rear downforce. The list of improvements and groundbreaking features goes on but for us, the numbers speak for themselves: 473 hp at 6,400 rpm, 433 lb-ft of torque from 3,200 to 5,200 rpm, 0-60 in 3.5 seconds, 11.7-second quarter-mile, Nrburgring lap time of 7:38 (beating the Benz SLR McLaren, Bugatti Veyron, Ford GT and Lambo Murcielago, just to name a few) all while retaining the practicality, luxury and stringent ULEV standings that make it possibly the best daily driver we've ever seen. The GT-R, will be released as a '09 model, on Dec. 6 for Japan's Nissan high performance centers.