The VR38DETT engineThe Nissan GT-R is powered by the VR38DETT engine, a 3.8 L (230 cu in) DOHC V6. Two parallel Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries (IHI) turbochargers provide forced induction. Production vehicles produce 480 bhp (360 kW) at 6,400 rpm and 434 ft·lbf (588 N·m) at 3,200-5,200 rpm. According to independent dynanometer tests, the GT-R produces 416 hp (310 kW) to 475 hp (354 kW) and 414 to 457 lb·ft (620 N·m) of torque at the wheels.
The engine also meets California ULEV (Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle) standards. A curb weight of 1,730 kg (3,800 lb) or 1,736 kg (3,830 lb) with side curtain airbags is achieved using a jig welded steel chassis with aluminum used for the hood (bonnet), trunk (boot) and doors. A rear mounted 6 speed dual clutch semi-automatic transmission is used in conjunction with the ATTESA E-TS system to provide power to all four wheels and along with Nissan's Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC-R) aids in handling and stability. Three shift modes can also be selected for various conditions. The drag coefficient is 0.27.
Displacement: V6 3.8 L (231.9 cu in)
Horsepower: 480 bhp (360 kW) at 6400 rpm
Torque: 430 ft·lbf (580 N·m)
Turbocharger maximum boost: 17.8 psi (123 kPa)
Red line: 7000 rpm
Curb weight: estimated 3,800 lb (1,700 kg)
Production: 2500 units per year (US)
Price: US$76,840 to US$79,090
Nissan claims the GT-R can reach a top speed of 195 mph (314 km/h), and it has been tested to achieve 0-60 mph (97 km/h) times as low as 3.2 seconds. Edmunds.com achieved a standing 1/4-mile time of 11.6 s at 190 km/h (118 mph) using the GT-R's launch control system. Car and Driver achieved a standing 1/4-mile time of 11.5 s at 200 km/h (124 mph). Evo magazine achieved a 0-100-0 mph time of 13.9 seconds. AutoCar achieved a 0-100 MPH time of 8.5 seconds. With a manufacturer claimed lap time of 7:29 sec on standard Japanese market tires, the standard-spec GT-R is currently one of the fastest production cars ever to lap the Nurburgring circuit.
Several automotive journalists, including Chris Harris of Autocar, Jethro Bovingdon of Evo, and Jason Barlow of Top Gear (magazine) have compared the GT-R to the Bugatti Veyron. Harris and Bovingdon both labeled the GT-R a "baby Veyron" in their respective comparison tests of the car.
Around the Top Gear test track the GT-R has achieved a lap time faster than many cars far above its price, such as the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, Lamborghini Murciélago, Ford GT, Porsche 911 GT3 RS, and matching the Ferrari F430 Scuderia..