Nissan GT-R: The new supercar
Nissan launches the GT-R supercar at the 2007 Tokyo auto show.
The highlight of the 2007 Tokyo auto show is easily the Nissan GT-R, gaining its mantle through its supercar performance and its fairly affordable price. For hours after Nissan unveiled the GT-R, people stood around it in awed silence, the only sound the frequent shutter clicks of cameras. Its design suggests brute strength and, according to the specs, it isn't faking. The car's 3.8-liter twin turbo engine puts out 473 horsepower, launching it to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. Despite this amount of power, the GT-R achieves Japan's Ultra Low Emission Vehicle rating.
Nissan developed dozens of new technologies for the GT-R, such as its six-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel-drive system. To balance the car, the engine is in front, while the transmission sits just ahead of the rear axle. Nissan displayed a cut-away version of the car at the Tokyo auto show to illustrate the genius of its engineering. Three switches in the cabin let the driver adjust shifting mode, suspension, and the traction control, taking the car from a comfortable freeway cruiser all the way up to a hardcore racing machine.
But Nissan isn't forgetting the creature comforts. The GT-R gets many of the same cabin gadgets available in the