Nissan GT-R Slower 'Round the Ring Than Pagani Zonda F. Just.
Worldcarfans reports that Nissan's new GT-R has logged the second fastest-ever lap time around the infamous "Green Hell." "GT-R chief test driver Tochio Suzuki [ED: how ironic is that?] completed the famous Nurburgring circuit in Germany in just 7 minutes 29 seconds. According to our records, this puts the GT-R in second place for fastest laps by unmodified production cars just behind the Pagani Zonda F which posted a time of 7 minutes and 27 seconds last November. The time completely destroys the GT-R's previous best lap of 7 minutes 38 seconds achieved last year in slightly damp conditions." Not to mention what it does to the Porsche Turbo's rep; a car that "only" laps the the 'Ring in 7:40. All that said, is it fair to compare the U.S. street legal $70k (without markup) GT-R to a Euro-spec-only $741k (ish) car that barely achieves double digit production numbers? In short, who's your Daddy?
Damn... excuse me while I go and cancel my order... another disappointment!
The Nordschleiffe is a lot of long straights and sweepers. I'd like to see how these cars do on a highly technical track like Suzuka or Tsukaba of course that's my personal desire, because most of these cars are meant for wide open track use - not small technical stuff, and certainly not autocross (my love).
cretinx - You may be the first to dismiss the 'Ring for not being technical enough. Anyway, if you want to see how the GT-R performs against the exotics at Suzuka or Tsukuba, then search for "Bestmotoring" on Youtube. Before you dismiss them as biased, nationalistic - with Japanese car on Japanese tracks (you asked for it) driven by Japanese and all - keep in mind that these guys have had only praises for the Porsche in years that I have seen them test cars. Decide for yourself then.