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Mar 26, 2017

Nissan Skyline GT-R 0-60 mph and 1/4 Mile Times

Nissan Skyline GT-R 0-60 Times
Legally Imported Nissan Skyline GT-R

How important are 0-60 mph times?  Why do we even use this metric to measure cars?  Who really uses this number?

Every kid (or adult) that reads car magazines. Perhaps we should say "READ." Even though print isn't dead yet, it seems to be withering away. We are guilty of looking at the charts in Car and Driver, Road and Track, and Motor Trend Magazine. Seeing which cars were "fastest." While sometimes it feels a bit like "Batman or Superman," it is a number that almost all us car enthusiasts use to describe a performance car.

Even though the 0-60 time (or 0-100 km/hr - 62 mph) is a benchmark, it really needs to be taken with a grain of salt. They really aren't a very scientific number for the following reasons.
  • Car condition 
  • Tire 
  • Altitude of the test
  • Driver
  • Method of testing
The same magazine can test a car, the same car, and show different results depending on those factors. Some may show only the lowest achieved times. Some may show an average of a few times. Your real world numbers will vary greatly. The advantage of an all wheel drive car like a Nissan Skyline GTR, is that it has generally good traction. This good traction, on many surfaces will help keep the 0-60 times lower. It is also turbocharged, and making some of its own atmosphere, so it also has a tendency to be a little quicker than a normally aspirated car.  There is also the possibility that the journalists get a "good" car. Aka a little more timing and boost than what you buy off a lot. So check out some of the numbers for R32 GTR , R33 GTR, and R34 GTR that we have compiled from magazine testing. Will add verified ones as we find them.

Car 0-60 Time - 0-100 km 1/4 mile Time 0-400 meters Source
1989 Nissan Skyline GT-R 5.05  - 60 mph 13.47 - 1/4 mile Motor Australia - August 1989
1991 Nissan Skyline GT-R 5.4 - 100 km/hr 13.7 - 400 m Wheels - May 1991
1993 Nissan Skyline GT-R 5.1 - 100 km/hr 12.58 - 400 m Motor Australia - Sep 1993
1995 Nissan Skyline GT-R 5.3 - 60 mph 14.0 @ 104 mph - 1/4 mile Car and Driver - Dec 1995
1995 Nissan Skyline GT-R 5.12/ 60 mph 13.58@101.92 mph- 1/4 mile Motor Trend - Oct 2001
1997 Nissan Skyline GT-R 6.3 - 60 mph 14.7@102 mph- 1/4 mile Performance Car - Sep 1997
1997 Nissan Skyline GT-R 5.0 - 60 mph 13.7 @ 102 mph- 1/4 mile Autocar - October 1997
1997 Nissan Skyline GT-R 5.4-60 mph 14.0@101 mph- 1/4 mile Top Gear - July 1998
1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R 4.6 - 60 mph 13.2@111 mph - 1/4 mile Autocar - August 1999
1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R Blackbird 3.9/60 mph 12.23@113.74 mph- 1/4 mile Motor Trend Oct 2001

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