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Nissan GT-R – Jack of All Trades

Arthur St. Antoine, from Motor Trend, recently wrote a review on his experiences with driving the 2010 Nissan GT-R. What he came to find was that the GT-R was more than just your average sports car – it was your ‘everything’ car!

2010 Nissan GTR

2010 Nissan GT-R

After Antoine drove the GT-R for roughly 13 months/28,000 miles, and spent $4,500 in maintenance and normal wear costs, he found that the GT-R was just as low-maintenance as the Nissan Sentra. Can’t complain about that?! At the same time, he found that the GT-R has the ability to, “eat miles at speeds that would leave most cars breathless”  and be, “…relentlessly insistent…eager at all times to go fast” (Antoine).

GT-R Side View

In Antoine’s opinion the GT-R’s greatest achievement is the fact that, “It doesn’t have to driven hard to be appealing. It’ll roll around town running errands with our embarrassing you by throwing a Supercar Hissy Fit”. Can you say, ‘Jack Of All Trades’? Who doesn’t want to have a car that will: go fast, make people’s jaws drop, and be easy to drive, comfortable to sit in and  low-maintenance? The 2010 Nissan GT-R is certainly, first and foremost, a Supercar, but it is also an ‘everything’ car. It can go from the track to the mall with no problems – and that is why we love it!

GT-R Engine

Some of the 2010 Nissan GT-R Specs:

  • Twin-turbocharged 3.8L V6 engine
    • Cast-aluminum block
    • Dual overhead cams with variable intake timing
  • 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds
  • Top speed = 190 mph
  • Dual-clutch, 6-speed paddle-shift transmission
    • W/ driver-configurable modes based on road conditions and driving requirements
  • Shift in as little as 2-tenths of a second
  • Nissan’s advanced ATTESA ET-S all-wheel drive system
    • Rear-wheel drive bias during normal conditions
    • 50/50 drive when things get slippery
  • World’s first independent rear-mount transaxle & integrated AWD transfer case
    • Helps to create an optimal 54/46 front to rear weight distribution
  • 15-inch vented disc brakes
  • 20-inch aluminum wheels
  • Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System
    • GPS, voice recognition
    • 7-inch high-resolution color-LCD touch-screen display
  • Rear spoiler
  • Nissan Intelligent Key with push-button ignition
  • Bluetooth
  • Power doors and keys
  • Leather-appointed front seats with synthetic suede inserts
  • 8-way power driver’s seat
  • French-stitched leather-trimmed dashboard, console and doors
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped magnesium paddle shifters
  • Leather-wrapped gearshift knob and parking brake lever
  • 9.3GB Music Box hard drive for digital music storage and playback
  • In-dash compact flash card reader for MP3/WMA playback
  • Speed-sensitive volume control
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio controls and XM Satellite Radio
  • Antilock brakes for all four wheels using the Nissan/Brembo Braking System
  • Front, side and head airbags
  • Electronic Traction Control System
  • Vehicle Immobilizer System
  • Vehicle Security System

Nissan GT-R Interior

Nissan GT-R is Motor Trend’s 2009 Car of the Year

Motor Trend Magazine has called the Nissan GT-R the most significant new car in 2009, which granted it the 2009 Car of the Year award. The magazine brought the GT-R from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.3 seconds. Motor Trend wrote, “The bottom line is Nissan is comfortably performing in a rarified air, legitimately shaking up the hierarchy within the supercar stratosphere. The selection was based on the car’s superiority, significance, and value.

 

New Corvette Roars Off Assembly Line

The first ZR1, the fastest model of the Corvette series, has come off the assembly line. The ZR1, has a supercharge 638 horsepower V-8 engine, has a top speed of 205 miles per hour and can go from 0 to 60 MPH in 3.4 seconds. Dave Ressler, a car dealer from Montana, bought the first ZR1 for $1 million. The car sticker had a price of $103,300 and the additional $896,700 will go to United Way. GM makes 35,000 Corvettes each year and employs about 960 people and plans to add two additional vehicle lines here by 2012, creating an additional 2,000 jobs.
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