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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Pushing Godzilla to the Limits

Nissan GT-R top speed run

While recently some controversy has erupted as to whether its 7:29 Nurburgring lap time is legitimate, there can be no doubt that the Nissan GT-R is an extremely fast machine. Its 3.8L twin-turbo V-6 feeding 480-hp through a six-speed paddle shift automatic to all four wheels, Godzilla has proved to be stunningly powerful, surprisingly nimble, and even after a recent $7000 price hike still the fastest car you can buy for under 100 grand in Motor Trend testing.

But just how fast is the mighty GT-R? The car has been extensively tested with the latest high-tech equipment (and even revealed to sport slightly more power than advertised by a Motor Trend dyno run), but for its latest examination all that was required was a production-spec model, a closed track, and Editor-at-Large Arthur St. Antoine. Climbing behind the wheel, St. Antoine pushed Godzilla to its limits for a top speed run. The sprint to 60 mph flies by in just 3.3 sec., but at that speed the GT-R is just warming up. It doesn't take much longer to reach 100 mph, and 150 mph comes just as our Editor hits sixth gear. Yet even then St. Antoine is limited only by a lack of straightaway up ahead, as he briefly slows down for a sweeper.

So just how fast does Godzilla ultimately go? Well you'll have to watch the video to find out, but let's just say that the Nissan GT-R more than lives up to its nickname. Check it out here.