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MPG 16 City / 23 Highway
  • Supercar performance on a budget
  • You'll beat 99% of the cars stoplight to stoplight
  • Surpisngly fuel-efficient
  • All-wheel drive grip and handling
  • The fastest car you can buy under $100k
  • We can't think of one.
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After years of begging and pleading by Nissan enthusiasts in the U.S., Nissan finally brought a premium performance coupe to the States, by way of the 2009 Nissan GT-R. In 2012, Nissan gave the GT-R a huge bump in output, shooting it from 485 horsepower to a supercar-like 530 horsepower. With the 2013 model year rolling around and Nissan wanting to sell even more GT-Rs, it has upped the ante again in the power department.


The 2013 model year GT-R is a very simple lineup, as it only has a pair of trim levels: Premium and Black Edition. Both trim levels link up to the same driveline, which starts off with Nissan’s hallowed VR38DETT 3.8-liter V-6 engine that has a pair of turbochargers shoving air into the combustion chamber.This engine pumps out 545 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 463 foot-pounds of torque between 3,200 to 5,800 rpm, which is a 15 horsepower and 15 foot-pound increase over the 2012 model year 2012.

Both trims also boast standard all-wheel drive. The performance levels of the Premium and Black Edition trim levels are pretty much identical, as they have been tested as low as 2.8 seconds to 60 mph. They do, however, differ in appearance, as the Black Edition adds in some extra styling touches to make it stand out a little bit more.

See our picks for best coupes in the CarsDirect 2013 Coupe Buying Guide.

The Nissan GT-R is essentially a supercar with a four-seat chassis, so finding direct competitors for it is not an easy task. The first competitor to the plate will be the 2013 Ferrari FF, which is set to be released soon and it will be a carryover from the 2012 model year. The FF’s 651-horsepower, 6.3-liter V-12 engine puts it at 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 208 mph all while seating four people. Next up is the 2013 Porsche 911 Turbo, whose 500-horsepower 3.8-liter, six-cylinder engine gets it to 60 mph in 3.4 to 3.5 seconds and its two rear seats allow it to squeeze four people into its cabin. Next up would have to be the Ford Shelby GT500 with its 662-horsepower, 5.8-liter V-8 engine that shoots it to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds.

Though the competition is not necessarily extensive for this Japanese supercar, it certainly is stiff, so Nissan had better keep checking its rearview or one of them is bound to pass it up.

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2013 Nissan GT-R Black Edition

Recommended for: Buyers that want something special with their speed

The 2013 GT-R Black Edition carries over all of the Premium trim level’s standard features, including the drivetrain. On the inside, the Black Edition trim level adds in Recaro leather seating, and a red and black bi-color interior. On the outside, the Black Edition eliminates the standard Rays wheels and replaces them with special black Rays wheels that carry the same 20-inch diameter. Also tossed onto the outside of the Black Edition is a new-for-2013, handmade dry-carbon-fiber rear spoiler. These extra standard features add $9,500 to the Premium pricing.

2013 Nissan GT-R
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2013 Nissan GT-R Premium

Recommended for: Buyers that want supercar performance for under $100K

In addition to its massively powerful six-cylinder engine, the GT-R Premium comes rather nicely equipped. On the inside it features bucket seats for all four passengers, heated front seats, soft-touch dashboard and door panels, center-mounted tachometer, 11-speaker Bose stereo system with two subwoofers, Bluetooth connectivity with streaming audio capabilities, multi-function display, rearview monitor and navigation. On the outside, the Premium trim level picks up 20-inch Rays wheels with Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 600 DSST CTT performance tires, 15.35- and 15-inch cross-drilled, two-piece rotors on the front and rear, respectively, LED taillights, and “super wide beam” headlights. In terms of safety, the Premium trim level includes a driver and passenger airbag, front-seat-mounted airbags, curtain airbags and seatbelt pretensioners.

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