• A 1,100-Horsepower Nissan GT-R Can Go How Fast?

This is what happens when you pack a four-figure power output on Godzilla and let it run with it

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The Nissan GT-R is a good example of a performance car with so much untapped potential. In standard form, a 2009MY GT-R is powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that produces 480 horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque. For a 10-year old car, that remains an impressive feat of engineering. But like most GT-Rs in the world today, the 2009MY leaves plenty of power and performance on the table. That explains why Godzilla remains a favorite in the aftermarket world. You put certain modifications in and you can get something close to the GT-R in this video. This particular model packs 1,100 horsepower and 850 pound-feet of torque at the wheels. That’s an incredible amount of power that was showcased at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds where the GT-R was given a clean 2.7-mile runway to perform a standing mile run. The result, as you can expect, is nothing short of spectacular.

Why The Johnne Bohmer Proving Grounds?

There’s nothing like a clear, concrete 2.7-mile runway to do a top speed run. With so much open road ahead, you can take a car and push it to its absolute limits without worrying about losing any road surface ahead of you. That’s the kind of environment the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds provides. In addition to the almost three-mile runway, a pair of 1,000-feet asphalt runoffs are located on each end of the runway. The runway is also 100 yards wide with an extra 50-feet wide traffic lane on each side. The track’s elevation variance only sits at a quarter of an inch. Suffice to say, the JBPG has one of the flattest and largest surface concrete platforms in the world, making it the perfect place for a car like this 1,100-horsepower Nissan GT-R to perform a standing mile run.

The video of the 2009 Nissan GT-R’s top speed run comes courtesy of the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds’ official YouTube page. It’s one of those pages that you should pay more attention to if you want to watch automakers put their vehicles to the ultimate test without the protection of manufacturer’s claims shielding these vehicles from their true performance capabilities. Performance videos of several sports cars, supercars, and exotic cars have been posted dating back to 2018 so there are plenty of videos that you can watch if you have the time to do so.

The Modded Nissan GT-R In Question is a Monster


The subject on this video is this heavily modified 2009 Nissan GT-R, which took its turn in the runway earlier this year. The goal was to establish the car’s top speed with all the power and performance upgrades it received as part of its modification. Obviously, a 1,100-horsepower GT-R is going to blow past Nissan’s claimed 193-mph top speed of the car. The question isn’t “if” it could do it, but “by how much” it could do it.

The video gives us a clear answer. Since the GT-R’s sprint to 60 mph time isn’t important, the heavily modified Nissan sports car gets off to a slow start off the line. That’s not by accident; the driver is patiently warming the tires to gain more traction, and it’s not until the GT-R reaches 60 mph when he floors the accelerator, rocketing the GT-R to 90 mph before you can blink. The car’s top speed steadily climbs to 120 mph, 150 mph, and 180 mph before maxing out at 215 mph, or 214.224 mph, to be exact. Given how much room the GT-R still had in front of it, there’s a possibility that it could’ve eclipsed 220 mph and still had enough roof to slow down and come to a stop before the 1,000-foot asphalt runoff comes into the picture.

A 215-mph top speed from a 2009 Nissan GT-R is all sorts of crazy, even if it could have reached a higher number if given the opportunity. While I don’t subscribe to the practice of squeezing the last drop of power for the sake of a top speed run — a lot of things can go wrong if that was allowed to happen — it’s still intriguing to imagine what this 1,100-horsepower is capable of if it could go completely balls-to-the-wall without having to worry about the safety of the driver and the overall state of the car. We’ll probably have to wait another time to see that, but not even that “what-if” can take away from what this heavily tuned GT-R accomplished at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds.

If you told me that a 1,100-horsepower GT-R can hit 215 mph with such ease, I probably would’ve asked for video evidence. Turns out, I don’t even need to ask.

Kirby Garlitos
Kirby Garlitos
Automotive Aftermarket Expert - kirby@topspeed.com
Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read full bio
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