- Stunning traction, grip, and poise
- Blink-and-you'll-miss-'em shifts
- Rocket-sled acceleration
- A bargain for its performance
- Could be mistaken for a well-done tuner car
- Detached driving experience
- Not a real manual transmission
- Pricey if you judge it by its cabin
At a fraction of the price, the 2013 Nissan GT-R beats some of the top supercars to the punch, although their sensuality is missing.
The 2013 Nissan GT-R is one of the few supercars that doesn't scream out its high-speed credentials, and if you're merely watching it go by at city speeds you might never know. But climb into the driver's seat, albeit briefly, and it's a magical piece of metal. Even at five times the price, nothing rivals its straight-line performance. It's a car that makes plenty of sense at face value, with well over 500 horsepower, all-wheel drive, brilliand handling, and 0-60 times of less than three seconds.
Some supercars are beautiful wedges of air-cheating, rolling art. The 2013 Nissan GT-R isn't that. It might be just as aerodynamically stable at supercar speeds, but its jagged cues and flared fenders evoke tuner cars and audacious body kits. Once you calm to the look, it's something more; a tomahawk cut at the roofline brings an interesting, not gorgeous, shape, and carbon fiber trim gives the plain interior just a dab of intrigue--given more panache with the red-and-black Recaros in Black Series models.The big news for 2013 is that Nissan has improved intake efficiency and worked some other breathing magic to not only improve exhaust emissions but summon up an extra 15 horsepower and 15 pound-feet from the thundering twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine--now making 545 hp and 463 lb-ft. Altogether the powertrain promises (and delivers) blistering performance, with awe-inspiring traction from a sophisticated all-wheel drive system and huge wheels and tires producing seemingly endless amounts of grip to make the most of it. All while handling is beautifully balanced, and a softer ride is available at the touch of a switch.
Practically speaking--and there is surprisingly some of it--the GT-R has great room for people in front, and a bit of room for small people in back, as well as a useful trunk. But don't expect too much in the way of touring-car comfort; there's plenty of noise from the road and the driveline.