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How to Set GT-R Launch Mode

by Nick Miles

The Nissan GT-R is a high performance supercar from Nissan Motors. The car has reached legendary status in its home country of Japan over its 40 year history and came to the United States for the first time in 2008. The GT-R features a 480 horsepower twin turbo V6 engine that can reach 60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds. In order to get the perfect launch every time, you can put the vehicle into launch mode to provide the ideal settings for a standing start.

Step 1

Put the transmission into manual by moving the gear lever to "M."

Step 2

Set the "Torque" switch to "R" mode.

Step 3

Set the "Suspension" switch to "R" mode.

Step 4

Set the "VDC" switch to "OFF" and hold it there for 5 seconds.

Step 5

Depress the brake pedal all the way down.

Depress the gas pedal all the way down. The engine will automatically rev to 2,000 RPMs. When ready, release the brake pedal. The vehicle will launch and accelerate at the most efficient pace possible.

Tip

  • If you have a 2009 model year GT-R, make sure the VDC has been reprogrammed as per a manufacturer recall. The previous VDC launch control programming launched the vehicle at 4,500 RPMs instead of 2,000, leading to excessive wear and eventual failure of the transmission and transaxle. All 2010 GT-Rs and 2009 models sold in 2010 have the updated VDC programming.

Warning

  • Turning off the VDC will potentially void your warranty.

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