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2013 Nissan GT-R Review
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The 2013 GT-R is out to prove that Nissan means business in the fine exotic car category. This coupe is designed with performance in mind. With its V-6 engine and complementary transmission system, it is one of the fastest cars in its class and offers incredible acceleration, especially on the highway or open roads. Some don’t feel the excitement quite as much with city driving.
The appearance of this car is sure to attract plenty of attention as well. Low slung and assertive looking, the 2013 Nissan GT-R is something to see. Most exotic car lovers will find the coupe’s distinctive look worth noticing. The cabin is comfortable and despite its streamlined look, has incredibly comfortable seats, even for long drives. The dash is very user friendly and the various accents around the cabin are pleasant.
While most exotics can cost more than a year’s salary for most people, this coupe is affordably priced. It puts the dream of owning this kind of precision vehicle in sight.
New For 2013
There are several changes for the Nissan GT-R in the 2013 model year, including:
- Increased engine power
- Smoother transmission
- New gauge illumination
- Standard rearview camera
- Redone suspension tuning
- Carbon fiber rear spoiler on the Black Edition
When most people think of Nissan, they think of tried and true economy cars, but when the subject is the 2013 GT-R, the one word that comes to mind is ""wow."" This affordable exotic model has a lot going for it in terms of appearance. There is no way to confuse this car with an Altima, nice as it is. The GT-R sits low to the ground and has an assertive personality, thanks to its distinctive grille and front end. Available in two trim levels, Premium and Black Edition, this coupe has a futuristic grille and headlight assembly with the Nissan logo in the center. Stylishly scoped sides add to the appeal, with a rear spoiler on the Black Edition cars. Twenty-inch alloy wheels support all of this magnificence in either trim level.
Interior & Cargo
With such an impressive exterior, Nissan has to keep up in the cabin. The GT-R is equipped with plenty of details. While the coupe’s cabin was intended to bring to mind high performance, the suede detailing in the seats and plush design ensure comfort for passengers, whether the car is zipping along the highways or making impressive, tight turns on the back roads. One thing sure to impress most drivers and passengers alike is the easy entry and exit from the car. Its low sitting stature doesn’t make this a hard car to get into. On the contrary, its intelligent design makes it comfortable and convenient for people to get in and out of.
The 2013 GT-R has the safety features one would expect from Nissan. It is equipped with anti-lock brakes that when tested, performed well and came in some of shortest stop distances for cars of this class. In addition to an excellent braking system, the GT-R also has traction and stability control as well as front seat side airbags and full length side curtain airbags.
This impressive coupe is powered by a 3.8-liter, V-6 engine. The motor is capable of 545 hp and 463 lb-ft of torque. It is connected to a six-speed automated manual transmission. While not as impressive as say, a hybrid or an economy car, the Nissan GT-R does have a rather impressive fuel economy for an exotic sports coupe. Drivers can expect this vehicle to get 16/23 mpg city/highway.
With the V-6 engine, drivers are sure to appreciate the more refined and elegant ride and handling, as well as the softer engine sound. The GT-R’s handling is more than impressive. This coupe can take turns and straightaways like some of the finest cars in the world. It should be noted that it feels a little clunky on city streets, though. It’s almost as if the GT-R is dying to break free from its constraints in those situations.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Nissan GT-R
- Scion FR-S
- Subaru BRZ
- Corvette Z06