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 |  Mar 14 2014, 9:01 AM

2009 Nissan GT-R

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For years, North American automotive enthusiasts yearned for the Nissan Skyline GT-R. That finally happened in 2009 with the R35 Skyline debuting, but without the Skyline name.

The GT-R made its official worldwide debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 2007 before it was introduced in North America at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show. It didn’t start arriving at dealerships in the U.S. until June 2008 as a 2009 model year, but by then, the hype surrounding the car was already in full gear. Powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, the GT-R was introduced with 480 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque mated to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission with all-wheel drive.

But it wasn’t just power that made the GT-R such an attractive piece of machinery. The Japanese automaker stressed that its aerodynamics, suspension and handling capabilities made it a race car for the road, a saying that would follow the model for years to come. Boasting a 7:38 Nurburgring lap time, the 2009 GT-R hit the U.S. market with a starting price tag of $70,850 including delivery for the Base model while the Premium model was priced from $72,900. In September 2008, Nissan adjusted the price of the 2009 GT-R to $77,840 for the Base model and $80,090 for the Premium model due to “increased raw materials costs,” but the pricing didn’t affect those that placed orders prior to September 5.

2009 Nissan GT-R

Horsepower: 480 hp

Torque: 430 lb-ft

Price: $70,850

Nurburgring Lap Time: 7:38

2009.5 Nissan GT-R

Horsepower: 480 hp

Torque: 430 lb-ft

Price: $77,840 (9.87% increase vs. 2009)

  • Connor

    You’re comparing the base model to the base NISMO. Who writes this garbage?

  • Rickers

    It’s not exactly scientific, but it does make a good point. The GT-R is getting EXPENSIVE! Next thing you know it’ll cost $200k.