2009 World Performance Car of the Year: Nissan GT-R
By KBB.com Editors on April 10, 2009 11:32 AMBy a fairly wide margin, judges voted the Nissan GT-R their 2009 World Performance Car of the Year over the two other formidable finalists in this category, the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and the Porsche 911 Carrera. In justifying their choice, 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-liter 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. For $77,000 it may be the world's best enthusiast car." The panel of 59 international automotive journalists initially considered 23 vehicles for the 2009 World Performance Car of the Year title. Prior winners of this award included the Audi R8 in 2008, the Audi RS4 in 2007 and the Porsche Cayman S in 2006.