/2013 Nissan GT-R under a Magnifying Glass

2013 Nissan GT-R under a Magnifying Glass

2013 Nissan GT R 1 at 2013 Nissan GT R under a Magnifying Glass

When it comes to the fastest and hottest on the road, the Nissan GT-R supercar (aka Godzilla) has zero competition in the game of performance and speed. The street-legal premium vehicle transforms public roads into a racing playground for fierce driving and a slick ride. With 545-horsepower and all-wheel drive, Nissan’s Godzilla is a seamless blend of designer luxury and expert design.

With a base price of $97,820, the speed machine is practically a bargain, considering its raw power, massive strength and design excellence. Powered by its twin-turbo V6 that sits in the chassis and recognized for its ULEV-II (Ultra-Low-Emissions rating), the GT-R is built with brilliant craftsmanship.

Godzilla’s innovative systems and sleek appearances prove that Nissan has the forward-thinking to make supercar dream possibilities with on-road realities. Whether admired on the road, racetrack or MidwayNissan.com, the 2013 Nissan GT-R Premium and GT-R Black Edition features are remarkably built for unprecedented driving experiences and world-class racing.

Handcrafted Excellence


The GT-R is designed and built with precision and engineering expertise. In a climate-controlled room, a Nissan master engine-builder assembles a twin-turbo V6 with superior aluminum and magnesium components. Each engine is built to be lightweight and highly durable for maximum performance. Technicians install an exceptional-quality system with a magnesium oil pan, twin turbochargers, which are integrated in the intake manifolds.


Nissan’s supercar extraordinarily created “the world’s first independent rear transaxle for an All-Wheel Drive vehicle,” according to Nissan’s Powertrain features gallery. The supercar drives with a paddle-shifted dual-NPNclutch transmission with six speeds. Designed with separate clutches, the supercar transmission can swiftly and smoothly shift within 0.15 seconds while in R-Mode. The supercar also has excellent front-to-rear weight distribution because of the rear-mounted clutches, transmission and transfer case design. Heighten driving experiences with a flip of a switch to save mode (long distance and high-speed), normal mode (smoothness) or R-mode (performance).

The Redefined Features

Besides the GT-R’s impressive engine and transmission design, the supercar offers:

  • An innovative and customizable system for optimized performance and flexibility
  • Light and self-adjustable suspension
  • Controlled acceleration while turning on a curve with powerful torque distribution to specific wheels
  • State-of-the-art aerodynamics for maximum cooling, increasing air speed and air-flow management

Built for unparalleled performance, every inch of the GT-R has been carefully designed and accurately assessed, from its hybrid body and carbon-composite radiator to its BILSTEIN DampTronic® and electronically controlled AWD systems.

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Endless Evolution

Nissan’s GT-R made its first global racing imprint at the Nürburgring racetrack in Germany in September 2007. The GT-R completed a lap around the complex track in a record-breaking 7.3854 seconds. Shattering the record time that had belonged to Porsche, the Nissan GT-R was internationally recognized as the fastest production car with world-class performance. The astounding speed set the precedent for Nissan. The automaker promised the GT-R will continue to redefine what a supercar can be. Chief GT-R engineer, Kazutoshi Mizuno, and his team took the 2007 Nürburgring victory as a glimpse into what the Nissan GT-R would evolve into. Two years later, the GT-R lived up to its promises on the racing ring and shaved off seconds, beating its own records.

The Nissan GT-R was once only a dream car raced on the PlayStation game Gran Turismo and the movie “Fast Five.” In 2008, the 480-horsepower GT-R R35 went on sale and became the first official GT-R in America. Faster and more powerful, the 2012 GT-R was released with 530 horsepower, enhanced aerodynamics, re-tuned suspension and larger breaks, according to NissanUSA.com.

Fierce Competition

With record-breaking achievements and phenomenal engineering, the GT-R keeps the Porsche 911 Turbo S humble. To be the best supercar in the world, you have to beat the best, which is what the GT-R did in 2008 at Nürburgring. The battle continues between Godzilla and its rival, the 2012 Porsche 911 Turbo S, dubbed “The King.”

How do two of the fastest machines ever hit racetracks and roads compare?

  • Test Price: GT-R, $107,600 vs. Turbo S, $178,525
  • Base Price: GT-R, $97,820 vs. Turbo S, $161,650
  • Record Speed Testing: 2012 GT-R, 11.1 seconds and 124.8 mph vs. 2010 Porsche Turbo, 10.9 seconds and 127.4 mph
  • 0-60 Times: GT-R, 2.8 seconds vs. Turbo S, 2.7 seconds
  • Figure Eight: GT-R, 23.0 seconds vs. Turbo S, 23.2 seconds
  • Horsepower: GT-R, 545 @ 6400 rpm vs. Turbo S, 530 @ 6250 rpm
  • Torque: GT-R, 463 lb-ft @ 3200 rpm vs. Turbo S, 516 lb-ft @ 2100 rpm

After test-driving each lightning-fast racecar on Highway 33 in California, Motor Trend awarded the 2013 Nissan GT-R as the “better car.” Motor Trend test-drivers Scott Evans and Johnny Lieberman factored in details such as comfort, noise and driveability.

“When push came to brutal shove, I didn’t feel I could go as hard and as fast in the Turbo S as I felt I could go in the Godzilla,” says Lieberman. Because of the GT-R’s grip on the road, smooth transitions and control, Lieberman calls Nissan’s 2013 GT-R an accomplishment.

“Time to notch one more win on the GT-R’s belt,” adds Lieberman.

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Olympic Performance

Now the Nissan GT-R stands out against the impressive Porsche Turbo S, how would it compare to the fastest man in the world? Coincidentally, the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt, owns the unrivaled 2013 Nissan GT-R, one of the fastest cars in the world, according to TorqueNews.com. Considering Bolt’s appearance at Nissan’s Global headquarters in Japan and a Nissan GT-R sponsorship, Bolt and Godzilla are a marketing campaign dream team.

How do the fastest man and fastest car stack up?

  • Bolt: Born in Jamaica in 1986
  • GT-R: Born in Japan in 2007
  • Bolt: 4 percent body fat, 140 KG bench press and 320 KG squats
  • GT-R: Pumps adrenaline with 404 KW (550 PS)
  • Bolt: 0.146 second reaction time and can sprint 100 meters in 9.58 seconds
  • GT-R: Flawless launch with its R-Mode start and goes from 0-60 mph in 2.7 seconds

Bolt and the GT-R are arguably the most dynamic duo for Olympic-performance speed and incomparable driving power. World record lap times, international awards, gold medals and records times prove that Bolt is yes, superhuman, and the GT-R is indeed, a supercar.


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