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NY Times: Nissan Severely Underrate GT-R Horsepower

July 1, 2008

The NY Times has published a blog article today theorising that Nissan aren’t telling the whole truth when it comes to horsepower figures from the new Nissan GT-R.

The GT-R can hit 122 or 123 miles per hour in the quarter-mile. It weighs about 4,000 pounds, with driver. There are many calculators and equations devoted to divining horsepower numbers, and given this weight and trap speed, most of them peg the GT-R’s output between 550 horsepower on the conservative end and 580 horsepower on the “maybe on a cool day with a tailwind” side. But I would eat my time slips if this car doesn’t have at least 550 horsepower.

NY Times – How Much Power Does the Nissan GT-R Really Have?

While it’s hugely entertaining, the idea that Nissan has some crazy scheme to hide the truth from us all, I don’t buy into it. I’ve seen enough dyno charts and witnessed enough of the performance myself to believe the 480hp figure is close. I’d be willing to give them a small leeway, maybe 500hp but not much more.

Ah well at least it’s not one of those publications publishing confusing figures in the opposite direction

Link: NY Times – How Much Power Does the Nissan GT-R Really Have?

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