Since its introduction, the iconic Nissan GT-R has had one
goal in mind – never rest on its laurels. One of the most acclaimed supercars
in automotive history, the Nissan GT-R is the ultimate expression of the Nissan
brand and its “Innovation for All” philosophy. A multi-dimensional performance
machine that lives up to the concept of “the ultimate supercar that can be
driven by anyone, anytime, anywhere,” the Nissan GT-R receives a number of
engine and suspension refinements for the 2013 model year, all designed to
enhance its already legendary performance.
“The 2013 Nissan GT-R once again sends a bold statement that it remains on the
leading edge of international sports car design, technology and performance,”
said Brian Carolin, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, Nissan North
America, Inc. “It’s our desire to keep pushing the envelope, to never settle
for second best or second place – a philosophy that makes Nissan GT-R one of
the most coveted and affordable supercars in the world today.”
The major refinements to GT-R’s renowned engineering masterpiece of an engine
include improved intake efficiency, reduced airflow resistance including an
enlarged air intake duct for the intercooler, and improved exhaust emissions
efficiency and enhanced control. The engine is hand-assembled in a special
clean room, similar to racing powerplant construction. As a result, horsepower
is rated at 545 hp, an increase of 15 hp over the 2012 GT-R’s 530 hp.
Similarly, torque has been increased to 463 lb-ft from 448 lb-ft.
Transmission shift feel and quietness have been refined through a strengthened
design of the shift fork arm and a firmer fixing bearing for the flywheel
housing. Also, high performance differential oil, used in GT-R motorsports
competition, is now standard for production models.
In addition, the suspension has been retuned and a handmade dry carbon rear
spoiler has also been added to the Nissan GT-R Black Edition model. Other
enhancements include the addition of a new blue lighting treatment inside the
tachometer ring to match the shift position indicator light, helping provide a
more sophisticated cockpit atmosphere. A RearView Monitor is now standard on
The 2013 Nissan GT-R is scheduled to go on sale at select certified Nissan
dealers in January 2012.
Aollowing a major revision just last year, the 2013 Nissan
GT-R is offered in two models – GT-R Premium and the GT-R Black Edition with
special lightweight black aluminum forged RAYS® wheels, unique read and black
interior, Recaro® leather-appointed seats and new dry carbon fiber rear
spoiler. The 2013 Nissan GT-R is once again anchored by an advanced 3.8-liter
twin turbo V6 engine matched with a high-performance 6-speed dual-clutch
transmission. Engine efficiency has been improved for the new model year, which
helps raise horsepower to 545 hp (versus the previous 530 horsepower) and
torque to 463 lb-ft (versus the previous 448 lb-ft). The engine is
hand-assembled in a special clean room.
GT-R is built on an exclusive Premium Midship platform, which enables the use
of the world’s first independent rear transaxle ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive
system. This system places the transmission, transfer case and final drive at
the rear of the vehicle, optimizing weight distribution and maximizing handling
Total vehicle adjustability is provided by a “set-up switch” located in the
center of the instrument panel, enabling the driver to adjust transmission
shifts, shock absorbers and the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC-R) among three
settings – Normal, Special or “R,” for ultimate handling.
The Nissan GT-R suspension has been retuned for 2013. The vehicle again
utilizes a special Bilstein DampTronic system, and the braking system consists
of Brembo full-floating drilled rotors, low steel high stiffness brake pads and
Brembo monoblock six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers.
The 2013 Nissan GT-R’s lightweight 10-spoke forged aluminum 20-inch RAYS®
wheels feature a premium dark (near black) finish, which provides a high
quality, high-performance look. They are mounted with Dunlop Sports Max GT 600
DSST CTT tires – P255/40ZRF20 in front and P285/35ZRF20 in the rear. The Black
Edition features special metallic black six-spoke RAYS® lightweight wheels with
Dunlop Sports Max GT 600 DSST CTT tires – P255/40ZRF20 in front and
P285/35ZRF20 in the rear.
Nissan GT-R’s aerodynamics were improved last year with increased downforce and
the coefficient of drag reduced to 0.26 (from 0.27). A new front fascia with
aggressive double rectifier fins and integrated high intensity LED running
lights was also added, enhancing the car’s strong visual presence. Other
exterior features include high-mounted LED stoplights, bright LED rear
combination taillights, “super wide beam” headlights, heated door mirrors and flat-blade
windshield wipers. Six exterior colors are available for 2013: Deep Blue Pearl,
Jet Black, Solid Red, Gun Metallic, Pearl White and a 4-stage metallic Super
Inside, Nissan GT-R’s four-passenger cabin again balances functionality with a
sense of ease and comfort. It features sculpted performance bucket seats for an
optimal driving position, a cockpit-style instrument panel with a large
center-mounted tachometer and multi-function display – which includes
mechanical and driving information, as well as an on-board driving recorder,
and carbon fiber trim. The Black Edition adds custom red and black Recaro®
leather-appointed seats, red and black interior trim and a dark headliner.
A specially designed 11-speaker Bose® sound system with speakers
mounted in rigid aluminum die cast panels, which provides sound quality
suitable for a supercar, is standard.
Additional standard equipment for 2013 includes a RearView Monitor, Nissan
Navigation System with XM NavTraffic® with Real-Time Traffic Information and
NavWeather™ capabilities (XM® subscription required, sold separately), and
Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System.