The Nissan GT-R has driven away with the 2009 World Performance Car of the Year award. The highly desired award was presented to Nissan at the New York Auto Show.

Nissan has bagged the 2009 World Performance Car of the Year award via the indomitable GT-R. The other two nominees were the Corvette ZR1 and Porsche 911 Carrera. Initially from a list of 23 contenders a panel of 59 international judges narrowed the list down to ten, then three and finally the winner.

The Mobil 1-sponsored World Performance Car of the Year award is part of the World Car of the Year competition. It was created as a sub-segment in 2005 in order to cater for cars that have a sharp inclination to high performance but not to the exclusion of all other attributes. Part of the qualifying criteria is that each finalist must have a minimum production run of 500 units per year.

On the winning GT-R one judge observed, "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... for $77,000 it may be the world's best enthusiast car."

The Nissan GT-R is powered by a direct injection 3.8-litre twin turbo V6 engine with 24 valves. At its best it produces 480hp (357kW) and maximum torque of 588Nm (430 lb-ft) between 3,200 and 5,200rpm.

Past winners include the Porsche Cayman S in 2006, the Audi RS 4 in 2007 and the Audi R8 in 2008.


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