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2013 Nissan GT-R Review

2013 Nissan GT-R Reviewed

The 2013 Nissan GT-R is a technologically advanced supercar from Nissan Motors that is moderately priced with all of the performance of luxury sports cars costing three times as much. The 2013 model year brings some changes to “Godzilla,” most notably a bump in power and torque to 545 horsepower and 463 foot-pounds of torque.

All that power, combined with Nissan’s sophisticated ATESSA-S all-wheel drive system and launch control, translates to a 0-60 mph time of less than 3 seconds, with some testers reporting times as low as 2.7 seconds. The quarter miles comes in just over 11 seconds, while the GT-R is capable of a 193 mph top speed. These numbers are faster than the Ferrari 458 Italia and even the mighty Lamborghini Aventador.

The GT-R’s suite of electronic stability and traction control technologies, along with a lightning quick-shifting dual-clutch sequential manual gearbox with paddle shifters, make it among the easiest cars to drive with this level of performance. Driving the GT-R can be a slightly isolated experience, but these gizmos will do wonders to bail out its operator if turn-in and corner exits get a little overzealous.

Inside the car, interior design looks like something from the Playstation generation, with supportive bucket seats and a performance-logging infotainment system. This being a Nissan, what you won’t find is the ultra-luxurious hand-stitched leather and real carbon fiber of more-expensive competitors. Interior design elements look sleek but a bit sterile, lacking a cohesive design theme.

The 2013 Nissan GT-R comes from a long line of GT-R models before it, but this generation is the first model available in the United States. Japanese and European buyers have been enjoying Skyline GT-R models since the 1980s. A special Black Edition model ratchets up the performance and luxury, but comes at a price premium of around $10,000.

Well-heeled buyers could do a lot worse than the GT-R if true driving thrills is what they seek, though road isolation and computer-controlled everything supplants the more visceral thrill of models like the Porsche 911 Turbo and Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. If an easy-to-drive everyday supercar is what you seek, Nissan has you covered.

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