The Nissan GT-R has taken another step towards legendary status. In 2012, the Japanese automaker presented a fresh new look and a revamped mill whose power skyrocketed from 485 to 530 hp. We admired the new LED taillights, redesigned fascia with dual “rectifier fins” and increased downforce via a reduced drag coefficient.
For 2013, Nissan has tweaked the engine some more in the name of continual improvement. The 3.8L twin-turbo V6 has been coaxed into producing 545 hp and 463 ft-lb of torque. Each and every engine is assembled in a controlled atmosphere clean room. Nissan isn’t messing around!
The 2013 GT-R comes in two flavours, the Premium, which fetches $103,980, and the Black Edition, which asks $113,380 for 20” alloy wheels with six spokes instead of ten, a carbon fibre spoiler, black interior trim with red topstitching and leather Recaro seats. Both models boast identical output numbers, and both come with a 6-speed, dual-clutch automated transmission.
The exclusive Premium Midship platform uses the world’s first independent rear transaxle for an AWD model. The setup relocates the transmission, transfer case and final drive towards the back of the car, optimizing weight distribution.
Tried and true
Tested on the Sendai Hiland Raceway in 2011, the 2013 Nissan GT-R bounds from 0 to 100 km/h in a very convincing 2.86 seconds. For a price that leaves its rivals in the dust, this little firecracker beats the Ferrari 458 Italia (V8) and 599 GTO (V12) at their own game. The V6 also sips less fuel than the Audi R8, with an average rating of 12.9L/100 km in town and 9.2L on the highway.
Like last year, the GT-R features 6-piston callipers squeezing Brembo floating cross-drilled discs up front and 4-piston numbers around back. The body modifications introduced with the 2012 variant allow for better brake cooling with the addition of the aforementioned dual fins. Nissan recalibrated the suspension for the 2013 model, pushing its handling characteristics that much further.
As for the cabin, it includes a rear-view camera, navigation with the XM NavTraffic system and Bluetooth connectivity as well as an 11-speaker Bose stereo, packed into a sporty, streamlined environment.
The 2013 Nissan GT-R is now available in 34 Nissan dealerships across Canada.