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.

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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]