2013 Nissan GT-R

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It's just not fair, is it? Like Usain Bolt smashing the 100-meter world record, then doing it all over again, the Nissan GT-R has upped its game when the competition was already clinging onto its coat tails.
The 2012 GT-R, introduced 12 months ago, wasn't exactly growing long in the tooth. It could embarrass a Ferrari 458 in a straight line and out-handle most things this side of a racecar, but Nissan has gone and moved the goal posts, again. A raft of updates for calendar year 2012 (model year 2013 in the U.S.) -- bring yet more power, a bizarre asymmetrical suspension setup and a handful of tweaks to the interior.
Unlike its competitors, the GT-R has been upgraded every year since its 2007 launch. In the words of Kazutoshi Mizuno, the father of the GT-R project: "Well you wouldn't accept it if Formula One cars had the exact same look and performance from one year to the next, would you?"
The big step came last October, when the 2012 GT-R arrived with an extra 45 hp. That brought the total to 530 hp and 434 lb-ft of torque from its twin-turbo V6, and made it, in the eyes of Mizuno, the car the GT-R was always destined to be. And just when we all thought the engine was reaching its full potential, it's taken another leap.
This time around, a more modest 13 hp (15 hp in U.S.-spec models) has been extracted from deep within the engines bowels along with an extra 15 lb-ft. That's enough to slash a predicted eight to ten seconds from the GT-R's Nurburgring lap time and drop the 0-62 mph time from 3.0-seconds flat to 2.8. Just to put the ferocity of that acceleration in context, a Ferrari Enzo would need another half a second to hit the same speed, a Lamborghini Aventador would need an extra tenth and even the track-only 723-hp Pagani Zonda R would be left trailing - and these are cars that cost at least five times as much.
Up to 5,000 rpm, it's a familiar experience -- as if I've become accustomed to the GT-R's other-worldly performance over the years and that initial slug has lost some of its sting -- but as the revolutions rise, the way this revised car charges for the rev limiter is all new. This is not a characterful engine, full of sound and fury or pops and bangs, but the way it piles on the speed, regardless of road conditions, is brutally efficient. That extra power manifests itself by allowing the engine to spin more freely at higher revs, so the limiter consistently arrives earlier than you think.
The transmission has also gone under the knife, gaining a strengthened shift fork arm and a firmer fixing bearing for the flywheel housing. The outcome, says Nissan, is less noise and smoother shifts. Considering the six-speed twin-clutch gearbox was already one of the finest on the planet, striking the perfect balance between speed and refinement, the tangible gains are minimal.
In true GT-R style, the power boost has been achieved the hard way: not by reprogramming the ECU and bolting on a bigger exhaust, but by upgrading the V6's internals. There's sodium-filled valves in the exhaust pipe for improved cooling, tweaked cylinder heads, and a freer flowing intake manifold. Of course, the other benefit of improving the engine's efficiency this way is boost in fuel economy of 0.4 mpg -- Greenpeace won't be applauding, but every little helps.
While the engine is impressive, it's the latest suspension changes that sum up the GT-R's technical brilliance. To compensate for the driver's weight -- and the fact that the front propeller shaft is mounted on the right hand side of the car -- the spring rates in RHD models are firmer on the passenger side and the rear driver's side suspension arm is mounted slightly lower. It's mind-boggling stuff, but the goal is simple to make this the fastest and most thrilling road car for the driver. And if there's a fraction of a second or an extra bit of grip to be gained, the GT-R's engineers are going to take it.
Because we drove the car on a slippery Silverstone track, we were forced us to tip-toe around the slower corners and couldn't feel the chassis changes shining through. We'll need a more extensive road test to get to the bottom of them, but suffice to say the car didn't lurch alarmingly one way or the other when we blasted out of the pits -- it felt as planted as ever.
With traction control set to either its intermediate 'R' mode or switched off entirely, it felt like a rear-wheel drive supercar, looking to break away at the slightest tickle of the throttle when the steering was loaded up. It felt intimidating at times, but the fact that a nearly-4000-pound car resolutely refused to understeer, on a wet track, is testament to the GT-R's brilliant natural balance and the array of electronics working underneath you.
After exploring the breathtaking detail of the GT-R's engineering, it seems inconsequential to explore the interior upgrades, but cover every base we must. A ring of blue light now encircles the tachometer, one of the few visual giveaways that this is the new model. The other is the rear view camera fitted as standard and Bose Precision Sound System sub-woofers in place of the standard Bose units that were included up until now.
What will really have the GT-R's rivals quaking in their boots though is that the GT-R still has four more annual updates to come before it's replaced. In the words of Mizuno, "the current car is about 80 percent of what's possible, there's still 20 percent still to come."
Base price: $100,000 (est)
Engine: 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6
Power: 543 hp
Torque: 466 lb-ft
0-62 mph: 2.8 seconds
Top speed: 198 mph (est)
Drive: Four-wheel drive
Transmission: Six-speed dual clutch
Fuel economy: 20 mpg
2013 Nissan GT-R
2013 Nissan GT-R

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.


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.


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.

You'll like:

  • Fantastic steering
  • Tidy size
  • Very quick (135i/is)

You won't like:

  • More powerful than ever
  • Nearly telepathic handling
  • Standard backup camera

Key Competitors For The 2013 Nissan GT-R

  • Audi R8
  • BMW M3
  • Chevrolet Corvette
  • Porsche 911
2013 Nissan GT R Ice Record Front View
Here's something that shouldn't surprise you: it's not hard to exceed 100 mph in the Nissan GT-R. With 540 hp from a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine, a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, and an electronically controlled all-wheel drive system, the car defines the word "fast." Today's feature flick has a GT-R hitting 183 mph, but Nissan made things more difficult by doing the entire test on ice.
2013 Nissan GT R Black Edition Front Three Quarter 2
With the launch of the 2013 Nissan Juke Nismo and 2014 370Z Nismo at the Chicago auto show, Nissan’s Nismo motorsports wing began an expansion of the factory tuner brand. Now, that expansion moves into phase two, with Nismo’s headquarters shifting to the Japanese automaker’s Powertrain Engineering Complex, and a GT-R Nismo model soon to top the performance brand’s range.
1964 Japan Grand Prix Skyline GT Leading Porsche 904
In the U.S., we have the Nissan Skyline-derived Infiniti G line and Nissan brand halo car GT-R, but a Skyline model was never officially sold on these shores. Still, the Skyline name is legendary among American enthusiasts. A series of videos from Nissan sheds light on why the nameplate is so well-known all over the world, despite never being sold in the U.S.
2013 Nissan GT R Black Edition Front Three Quarter 2
Although the GT-R might appear to be unchanged since its launch in 2009, a lot has been going on behind the scenes. In 2010, it gained five horsepower, a revised launch control system, and an updated navigation system. For 2011, Nissan tweaked the suspension tuning, and added conveniences like automatic wipers and a USB audio input. Bigger changes came in 2012, when the GT-R gained a new front fascia (dig those de rigeur LED running lamps!), another 45 horsepower, new dampers and revised suspension geometry, and a new top-spec Black Edition model. Alas, Nissan still wasn't done. The 2013 GT-R is almost identical to last year's model, save for the fact the twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6's output has been cranked up another 15 hp to 545 hp.

2013 Nissan GT-R Black Edition

2013 Nissan GT R Nismo GT3 Front Three Quarter
Fresh off of updating the GT-R road car for the 2013 model year, the engineers at Nissan and Nismorecently pulled the wraps off of a subtly revised GT-R GT3 racer that promises more power and more control.

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2013 Nissan GT-R Specifications

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3.8L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
16 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
23 MPG
545 hp
463 ft lb of torque
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD
  • Navigation
36,000 miles / 36 months
60,000 miles / 60 months
Unlimited miles / 60 months
60,000 miles / 60 months
IIHS Front Small Overlap
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
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NHTSA Rating Rear Side
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NHTSA Rating Overall
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