2009 Nissan GT-R. Click image to enlarge
2009 Nissan GT-R
New York, New York – The Nissan GT-R was awarded the 2009 World Performance Car award today during the New York International Auto Show. The GT-R was chosen from a field of 23 cars that included the Porsche 911 Carrera and the Corvette ZR1.
The winner was judged by fifty-nine World Car jurors from twenty-five countries. The jurors observed that, “The Nissan GT-R stole the headlines in the sports car world in 2008. This GT-R – the R35 – throws even former GT-Rs into the weeds via an all-new 3.8-liter bi-turbo V-6 providing 480 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. The drive of the GT-R, especially on a track, reveals an incredibly flexible all-wheel-drive chassis that lays down the rubber whenever you request it. Acceleration to 60 mph from a stop takes just 3.5 seconds, or a tick behind fellow Performance finalist the Corvette ZR1.”
The jurors went on to say, “This is a complete effort put forth by the normally conservative Nissan and the pleasure is in doing laps of a favourite circuit and feeling the sheer capabilities of the car. For $98,900 it may be the world’s best enthusiast car.”
The GT-R was also chosen “2009 Motor Trend Car of the Year” and “2009 Automobile of the Year” by Automobile Magazine. The GT-R also received top honours from Automobile for “Design of the Year,” “Man of the Year,” and “Technology of the Year.”