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