Supercar Teardown: Nissan GT-R

The $80,790 Nissan GT-R is faster around a racetrack than many super cars twice the price or more. A lot of that performance comes down to the VR38DETT engine. Here's what it looks like on the inside.

The VR38 DETT displaces 3,799cc, uses 24 valves with variable timing on the intakes and dual overhead camshafts. With the aid of two parallel Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries turbochargers delivering a maximum boost of 17.4 PSI it develops 474 HP at 6,400 RPM and 434 Lb-Ft between 3,200 and 5,300 RPM. Each 608-pound engine is assembled by hand by a single technician per engine at Nissan's factory in Yokohama, Japan. [via NAGTROC]