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2009 World Performance Car
Nissan GT-R Declared 2009 World Performance Car
Mississauga, ON – The Nissan GT-R received the 2009 World Performance Car award at the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javitz Center in Manhattan, New York City, NY, on April 9, 2009.
The GT-R was chosen from a field of 23 cars that included the Porsche 911 Carrera and the Corvette ZR1. The 59 World Car jurors were from 25 countries throughout the world so this truly is a global award.
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-litre bi-turbo V6 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.
"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”.
More information on the award can be found at: http://www.wcoty.com/media/?release=47&year=2009
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.