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2013 Nissan GT-R Black Edition Review

Super Coupe

A three-quarter front view of a red 2013 Nissan GT-R Black Edition

In short: A super-fast high-performance coupe.

Boasting supercar performance that puts it on par with top-shelf German and Italian exotics, this Japanese-made sports coupe is a far cry from the tamer image of Nissan that we have come to know. The Nissan GT-R's muscular, 545-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 shoots the coupe from 0-60 in an astounding 2.8 seconds, and the ultra-sensitive six-speed manual transmission provides nearly instantaneous gear shifting when in "R" mode. The Black Edition adds mean-looking 20" black alloy wheels, a dry carbon fiber rear spoiler, and a handsome black leather interior.

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Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile limited warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty

Base Price: $106,320 / As Tested: $107,600

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: mid-mounted front-engine, all-wheel drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe

3.8-liter DOHC twin-turbo V6 engine
Horsepower: 545 hp @ 6,400 rpm
Torque: 463 lb-ft @ 3,200-5,800 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual

Curb weight:
3,818 lbs
Wheelbase: 109.4 in
Length/Width/Height: 183.9/74.6/53.9 in
Turning circle: 36.6 ft

Nissan/Brembo 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes with ABS; electronic brakeforce distribution with brake assist
Suspension: double-wishbone front; multi-link rear

Traction: electronic traction control system

0-60 mph: 2.8 seconds
Top Speed: 196 mph

EPA City:
16 mpg
EPA Highway: 23 mpg

dual-stage front airbags; seat-mounted side impact airbags; roof-mounted curtain side impact airbags

Likes: performance; value

Dislikes: gearing in automatic mode; design not too refined


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PNW0060812 (Updated: 06/15/12 NW)