2013 Nissan GTR

Photo Credit: caricos.com

Photo Credit: caricos.com

When the Nissan GTR came out in 2007 the public fell in love with its ability to combine violent acceleration and handling prowess into a package that bettered its competition while maintaining a price point lower than the majority of its rivals. In 2007 the GTR produced 473hp and 428 ft-lbs of torque from its turbocharged VR38DETT V6 engine. Meanwhile the GTR maintained its supercar drivability and dexterity with its advanced AWD system and a buffet of technological goodies. As if this wasn’t enough, each year the GTR betters itself and for 2013 the GTR will produce a whopping 542hp and an impressive 466 ft-lbs of torque. The 2013 model will also offer an additional option package titled the “For Track Pack” that adds a stiffer suspension, high-friction seats, and light-weight wheels. The base model “GTR Premium” will start at $96,820 while the “GTR Black Edition” will run a cool $106,320.

When it comes to major changes for the GTR, much of the interior and exterior remain unchanged while most of the development time was spent defining performance improvements for 2013. The few changes that did occur to the aesthetics were largely to the interior. These improvements included upgraded Bose Precision Sound System woofers and some blue lighting treatments to the gauge bezels. On the outside the GTR endures unchanged while underneath the skin of the GTR are some reinforcements in key areas such as the rear engine compartment and dash panel to aid in superior handling. A rear view camera is also now standard equipment.

Photo Credit: caricos.com

Photo Credit: caricos.com

The 2013 GTR will don the same VR38DETT twin-turbocharged 3.8 liter six-cylinder engine that has been standard equipment since its debut while output is up to 542hp, an increase of 12hp over the current model. The latest GTR will be more fuel efficient despite the added horsepower. This is namely due to improved air-resistance measures and a redesigned exhaust system. The transmission has also been extensively tweaked to improve performance through a firmer fixing bearing for the flywheel and a strengthened shift fork arm.

The GTR also features a new asymmetric suspension that mirrors modern race cars where the front left spring features a harder spring rate in addition to the rear right spring as well. This creates an imbalanced wheel load when stationary but equalizes when the car is in motion. Nissan is also offering carbon ceramic brakes for the GTR as a standalone option.

Photo Credit: caricos.com

Photo Credit: caricos.com

The 2013 will be capable of 0-60 runs in under 3 seconds (in 2011 the GTR was clocked at 2.72 seconds) and can run Nurburgring in less than 7 minutes and 20 seconds. Needless to say the GTR is quick and surprisingly comfortable considering its abilities. Nissan touts that the GTR is capable of autobahn speeds while still maintaining a degree of comfort. This seems to prove true and continues to impress me with its inherent drivability despite its handling prowess.

Pros: Stellar performance, outstanding handling, a modern classic.

Cons: What happened to 560hp? Not many changes for the inside, or out.

Credits: Emmett Vick and topspeed.com

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