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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
The 2009 Nissan GT-R offers a host of standard safety gear—at least in its premium version—but as yet, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has had the heart to crash-test one of the rare supercars.
The GT-R does come with a stock list of safety gear to protect occupants from injury. “Standard safety features on the 2009 Nissan GT-R include massive Brembo brakes with antilock capability, stability control and traction control,” Edmunds reports, adding “front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags are standard on GT-R Premiums but unavailable on the base model.” Likely, this is to accommodate owners who will only use their cars on the track.
The Los Angeles Times notes that the GT-R’s stability systems can be shut off for track driving. “You can turn off stability control, but it's plain the car's dynamics have been developed with the system ciphering away in the background. Which is to say, the car's faster around a racetrack with stability control on.”
The 2009 Nissan GT-R offers a host of safety devices (in Premium models), but there are no crash-test results.