2008 Private Preview: Japanese Rocketry

The GT-R is to sushi and soy

sauce what the Corvette is to apple pie and vanilla ice cream. Originally sold

in 1969 under the Datsun brand, the model has long been revered by Japan’s

driving enthusiasts. However, until now, GT-Rs never have crossed the Pacific,

officially at least; a few gray-market imports have made it to America.

A slightly shrouded version of the 2009 Nissan Skyline GT-R,

which will be available in the United States late next year, made a surprise

appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June, offering spectators a

glimpse of what Nissan will reveal fully this month, at the 2007 Tokyo Motor

Show. Hearsay suggests that Nissan will equip the GT-R with a turbocharged

version of the 3.7-liter V-6 engine found in the Infiniti G37 coupe. Such an

engine could produce more than 450 hp, which would place the GT-R among some of

the world’s most powerful sports cars—including the $120,000 Porsche 911 Turbo.

But like the Corvette Z06, the Skyline GT-R will be value-priced at about


Nissan, www­.nissanusa.com

Read Next Article >>
Photo by 2014 Mercedes-Benz USA
After halting production in 2012, Daimler has folded the historic brand under its Mercedes wing.
Photo by Christian Martin
Among the lots are 60 historic barn-find cars from the Baillon Collection…
Photo by Snarski
The GT is a more powerful version of the original Panoz Esperante Spyder…
C-Types, D-Types, and E-Types from the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s are among the program’s cars…
The new coupe takes many styling cues from the 1954 A6 GCS-53…
These five two-wheel wonders feature aggressive designs and heart-palpitating performance…
The new Mustang features Ford’s most powerful naturally aspirated engine ever…
Photo by Cordero Studios, corderostudios.com
Although the complete results of Robb Report’s annual Car of the Year competition will not be...
This year’s L.A. Auto Show saw more models introduced than at any other time in its 107-year...
The lots include Carroll Shelby’s personal Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake, which previously fetched $...