Supercar performance for a less-than-supercar price.
Not a year goes by without an upgrade to Nissan’s stellar supercar, so it’s no surprise that the 2013 GT-R gets more power this year. The twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-6 produces 545 hp and 463 lb-ft, increases of 15 hp and 15 lb-ft compared with the 2012 model. Those upgrades mean prices are up, but the GT-R remains one of the fastest, most capable performance cars available for less than $100,000. Driving the Nissan on public roads doesn’t do it justice, because only at breakneck speeds on a track is its potential revealed. The ride is punishing even with the suspension in Comfort mode, and despite revisions, the six-speed dual-clutch transmission remains noisy and prone to lurching at low speeds. Three toggle switches on the center stack allow the driver to choose different modes for the suspension, stability control, and transmission. The GT-R’s squared-off, angular body looks aggressive enough to match the car’s on-track demeanor, but it’s now starting to appear somewhat dated. The big touch screen can display all manner of information about the car’s performance, from boost and oil pressure to lateral g-force and steering angle. The Nissan GT-R isn’t the prettiest or most involving car in its segment, but there are few better choices for setting heroically fast lap times with a minimum of fuss.
new for 2013
The 2013 GT-R receives updated suspension tuning, and engine output rises from 530 hp and 448 lb-ft to 545 hp and 463 lb-ft. A backup camera becomes standard on all models, and the Black Edition gains an exposed-carbon-fiber rear wing.
Front, side, and side curtain air bags are standard, as are stability and traction control, ABS with brake assist, and a tire-pressure monitoring system.
More powerful than ever
Nearly telepathic handling
Standard backup camera
Harsh, fidgety ride
Could be more involving
No manual transmission
Base Price Range: $97,820–$107,320
TRIM LEVELS: Premium, Black Edition
BODY STYLE: Coupe, 4-passenger
ENGINE: 3.8L twin-turbo V-6, 545 hp, 463 lb-ft
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automated manual
PASSENGER VOLUME: 79.0 cu ft
CARGO SPACE: 8.8 cu ft