2013 Nissan GTR | Review, Price, Interior, Exterior, Engine. – Now, The Nissan GT-R just gets better and better every year and 2013 will be no exception. The original version launched back at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show delivered a total of 473 HP, the most recent model Model Year 2012 went up to an impressive 530 HP; and things aren’t slowing down for the Japanese automaker. The new version (2012 in Japan, 2013 in USA) has made its official debut at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, and Nissan has delivered the kind of performance the GTR is known for, but not what we expected.
The bad news from this reveal is that, despite previous rumors, the 2013 GT-R will not deliver 560 HP. Its output has been increased indeed, but “only” to 542 HP an increase of 12 HP over the current model. The most impressive part however is that the 466 lb ft of torque will be delivered from 3,200 rpm all the way up to 5,800 rpm.
To some folks, a Nissan versus Porsche comparison test makes about as much sense as Snooki versus the Virgin Mary. But look closer, as these two cars are weirdly similar. Both are powered by 3.8 liter six cylinder engines force fed by two turbochargers that make the cars sound like industrial strength hair dryers. Each is technically a four-seater, but those back benches are only good for punishing misbehaving children. Both are AWD, and both sport rapid fire dual clutch transmissions. And they are fast. Incredibly, mind-bendingly, tire-destroyingly, reason defyingly fast. How fast, you ask?… Well, the previous iteration of each car ranks as the third (2010 Porsche Turbo with PDK) and fourth (2012 Nissan GT-R) fastest accelerating production cars we’ve ever tested, and Motor Trend has been testing cars since 1949. And, don’t you know it, these two are quicker.
The recipe for mouth watering supercars is typically equal parts high technology, high performance and high price. The 2013 Nissan GT-R manages to provide the first two in abundance without requiring nearly as much of the third as its rivals. While its very brutal, Japanese style bodywork might not be as voluptuous and beautiful as the Ferrari 458 Italia, this exotic Nissan provides nearly all the thrills at less than half the price.
Nissan continues to make yearly improvements to its iconic GT-R. This year brings an additional 15 horsepower and 15 pound-feet of torque, as Nissan tries to keep pace with the latest breed of 500-hp supercars from other companies. Some 545 hp and 463 lb ft of torque should do the trick. Other improvements for the 2013 GT-R include a retuned suspension for even more impressive road holding. There are also some refinements to the transmission for smoother, quieter operation, although the shift action remains somewhat clunky in stop and go traffic.
2013 Nissan GTR Price :
2013 Nissan GTR. – The 2012/2013 Nissan GT-R went on sale in early December 2011 for the UK, early 2012 for all of Europe, and November 24, 2011 for Japan. Prices start at £74,450 ($116,150 at the current rates). For the additional Track Pack, customers on the British market will need to tack on an extra £10,000 ($15,600 at the current rates) to the £74,450 ($116,150 at the current rates) price tag of the standard GT-R, for a grand total of £84,450 ($131,750 at the current rates). On the U.S. market, the model is offered in two versions: the GT-R Premium at a starting price of $96,820 and the GT-R Black Edition priced at $106,320. An optional Special Paint Super Silver will add another $3,000 to the car’s price.
2013 Nissan GTR Interior :
The GTR has also received minor changes to its body, but nothing to change the overall look of the vehicle. The vehicle has been reinforced in certain areas around the rear engine compartment and dash panel for more responsive handling and to improve the inter-vehicle detection capability. The inter vehicle communication was improved by changing the position of the sensor and adding more accurate acceleration sensor. The rear view camera has also been thrown in as standard for this model year.
New for the 2013 model year is the “For Track Pack.” The new optional Track pack GT-R will be distinguished by lightweight six-spoke RAYS alloy wheels with gloss black painted centers. The new wheels will be combined with brakes cooled by additional cooling ducts built into the front bumper. These reduce the operating temperature of the front brake discs by as much as 100 degrees during track use, improving the stopping performance. Similar ducts, hidden behind the rear wheels, channel cooling air over the rear discs. The suspension system has also been revised to be optimal for track use, while adjustable dampers offer more comfort when the car is being used on the road.
So what’s different?… In the case of the Turbo S, power is up over the normal Turbo: 530 hp versus 500 flat. Torque is up even more, rising from 480 lb-ft to 516 lb-ft. Essentially, that’s it for the Porsche, though a lot of the features standard on the Turbo S are options on the $23,000 cheaper Turbo, like PDK and torque vectoring. For 2013, the Nissan GT-R also gets a power bump: 545 hp replaces the 2012’s 530, and torque is likewise up by 15, rising from 448 lb-ft to 463. Godzilla’s suspension has been revised, along with the transmission. This particular car our new long termer!… is the Black Edition, which comes complete with 20 inch forged Rays wheels, a carbon fiber spoiler, exceptional Recaro thrones, and some contrasting interior trim. The GT-R will set your financial planner’s hair on fire with a list price of $107,600, while the Porsche will induce laughter in everyone to whom you show the Monroney, because as tested this bright yellow banana of a 911 stickers for $178,525. That’s including $540 for the yellow seatbelts, a must have option, says I.
The navigation screen can be used to display a variety of parameters, such as g-force during cornering, steering input, gear position and lap times. If this all sounds a bit like a video game, there’s good reason. This interface has been designed by Polyphony Digital, the developers of the popular Gran Turismo series of driving simulation video games.
Entering and exiting the GT-R takes no gymnastic aptitude, a rare thing among high performance exotics. The rear seats are much smaller and difficult to access, but they are adequate for child size passengers. Trunk space is commendable for this type of car, and the deep well of storage can accommodate up to 8.8 cubic feet of cargo.
2013 Nissan GTR Exterior :
The Black Edition adds lightweight black wheels, a carbon fiber rear wing, a unique black and red interior and leather Recaro seats. Options are few and include a no cost Cold Weather package (darker wheels, Dunlop all season run flat tires and a unique coolant mixture for faster engine warm up) and an extra cost “Super Silver” paint job that has been given three layers of clear coat and then polished by hand.
With the new improvements for the Nissan GT-R, the battle between it and the Porsche 911 will be even more intense. Nissan has promised that the GT-R will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in under 3 seconds and already has a Nurburgring lap record of 7min 16secs, a full 8 seconds faster than its predecessor’s time of 7:24. By comparison, the 911 sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and lapped the ring in 7 minutes and 26 seconds. The GT-R seems be in the lead right now, but a new 911 Turbo is just around the corner.
2013 Nissan GTR Engine :
The 2013 Nissan GT-R already made headlines days after its debut in November 2011 when Godzilla tore through the 0-60 mph sprint in just 2.72 seconds, slaughtering the previous year’s 3.5 seconds time. Now, DragTimes has launched their GT-R onto the Palm Beach International Raceway to do the dirty on the quarter mile. The team ran the car until the achieved the best time of the day: 10.87 @ 125.26 MPH. This was followed by a 0-60 MPH sprint of just 2.7 seconds and a 60-130 MPH time of 8.89 seconds (VBOX). Peak G forces on the launch were 1.3 G’s.
As a reminder, the 2013 Nissan GT-R is powered by the same twin turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 engine found on the previous model, but with the output increased to 542 HP at 6,400 rpm an increase of 12 HP over the current model and 466 lbs-ft of torque delivered from 3,200 rpm all the way up to 5,800 rpm. Despite the extra 12 HP, Nissan is promising that the 2013 GT-R will be more fuel efficient.
The GT-R Premium Edition and EGOIST will also be offered with NCCB (Nissan Carbon Ceramic Brakes) that help accentuate the car’s agile road hold and supple ride feel. “We have a car that has the potential to go from 0-100 km/h (0-62mph) in under 3 seconds, lap the Nurburgring in less than 7 minutes 20 seconds, and cruise at speeds of 300 kilometers per hour,” said Chief Vehicle Engineer Kazutoshi Mizuno, speaking trackside at Sugo. “But what marks out the GT-R today is that you can drive it on the autobahn at speeds like that with a degree of comfort.”
Only a few days after its official launch in November 2011, the new GT-R managed to score a new record: it made the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.72 seconds. This is a considerable increase over the previous year’s 3.5 seconds. Check out the video of the sprint below. Engine response and torque at mid and low speeds, and power at high revolutions, has been significantly improved, mainly due to :
>. Improved intake efficiency
>. Better air flow resistance, which has been reduced by the addition of an intake manifold fitted to the head of each unit and the use of resin in the enlarged air intake duct for the intercooler.
>. Improved exhaust emissions efficiency and enhanced control.
>. Reduced air flow resistance thanks to a more compact under floor catalyzer which improves emissions efficiency and reduces weight.
>. Improved exhaust valve cooling performance by the adoption of a newly designed metallic sodium filled valve. At the same time, valve control timing, the air mixture ratio and ignition timing have been improved.