Nissan Sets Hot New Lap Times with Skyline GT-R

Think you know everything about the new Skyline GT-R? That's no longer true, as Nissan's released revised lap times for the car around the famed Nurburgring track. Piloted by test driver Tochio Suzuki, Godzilla was able to make its way around the twisted 17.6-mile long track in a scant 7 minutes, 29 seconds.

Suzuki's attempt to lap the 'Ring last year netted a lap time of 7:38 seconds - a great time, but one considered disappointing by GT-R engineers and enthusiasts alike.

So what accounts for the 9-second difference? This time around, the Green Hell wasn't moist with fresh Germanic rain. In spite of its all-wheel-drive prowess, the GT-R is still capable of breaking loose on slick corners, as we're certain Suzuki found the last time around.

In a typical PR quip, Kazutoshi Mizuno - the GT-R's chief engineer - claimed the new time "proves it is among the fastest mass-production cars in the world." We'll buy that, as the new time eclipses not only that of Porsche's 911 Turbo GT2, Mercedes-Benz's SLR 722 GT and the Lamborghini Murcielago - although we'd hardly call the latter two "mass production."

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