Despite $4 a gallon gas and the complete collapse in new car sales, the Nissan GT-R managed to be one of the most talked about topics of 2008. Most of that popularity stemmed from the GT-R's blazing 7 minute 29 second Nürburgring lap time, even though it was topped by Chevrolet's mighty Corvette ZR1 and the Dodge Viper ACR. However, we suspect the GT-R will remain in the headlines during the duration of 2009 as it looks to regain its place atop the Green Hell.

For the 2010 model year, Nissan is planning a slight revision for the GT-R, dubbed the Series II. Changes will include an upgraded suspension, a retuned gearbox, stickier tires and a 5 horsepower bump - all of which will add up to a faster car.

In fact, Toshio Suzuki - Nissan's head test driver - told GTRBlog that he expects the revised car to improve its Nürburgring lap time by 4 to 5 seconds. That means the 2010 GT-R could be capable of a 7 minute 24 second lap: Not quite good enough to beat the Viper's 7 minute 22.1 second mark, but certainly enough to further enrage those in the Porsche camp.

No word on when the updated GT-R will hit the "?Ring, but expect to hear more on the subject in the coming months.