Besting Porsche at Germany's fabled Nurburgring track last year wasn't quite enough to get the 193-mph Nissan GT-R hailed as the hottest thing on wheels. Just as Nissan launched the car in the United States, Porsche officials cast doubts on its racing cred.
Nissan claimed the GT-R clocked a 7:29 lap on the 14-mile track -- three seconds faster than the canonized Porsche 911 GT2. Porsche maintained Nissan was using nonregulation tires, which Nissan vehemently denied.
So next month Nissan will take the GT-R back to Nurburgring -- known among racing enthusiasts as "The Green Hell" because of its demanding layout -- in an effort to erase all doubt. Nissan spokesman Scott Vazin says no date has been set because the GT-R team has to work around Germany's unpredictable spring weather. He said the company will reveal the results as soon as the test is complete.
It won't hurt that the 2010 GT-R has received a slight bump in horsepower to 485, up from 480 last year.