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|1400 Horsepower AMS Nissan GT-R – Too Much Power for the Track?||
So, is there such a thing as too much power? Maybe for the track but not a straight line…. right???? Check out Car and Driver’s experience with a 1,400 horsepower AMS Nissan GT-R. Basically, this is Godzilla on super steroids. Check it!
|Video: Stock 2013 Nissan GT-R Consistently Runs 10 Seconds in Quarter Mile||
When we took the liberty of pushing the new 2013 Nissan GT-R to the limit at Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR) and drag strip, our official run times were not recorded. For all we know, we could have been putting down consistent 10-second runs in the quarter mile. One GT-R owner, who recently took his new 2013 ‘Godzilla’ to the same track, was able to lay down a best run of 10.87 seconds in the quarter mile… all from a stock GT-R. Interestingly enough, the GT-R was able to lay down this time consistently run after run.
This time is on par with the short list of test drivers to get behind the wheel of a new 2013 Nissan GT-R and record official quarter mile times. We even listed these official times in our first drive of the 2013 GT-R.
Although some aftermarket tuners take the GT-R to near quad-digit horsepower levels, they have a hard time laying all of that power to the ground. The new 2013 Nissan GT-R is better than ever sporting 545 horsepower and 463 ft-lbs. of torque. One could argue that in stock form, the GT-R is at its best. The new GT-R’s 0-60mph time is only 2.7 seconds, just 0.2 seconds slower than the multi-million dollar Bugatti Veyron.
When it comes to the new Nissan GT-R, we are pretty sure MC Hammer said it best… “You can’t touch this”.
|First Drive: 2013 Nissan GT-R||
By now every knowledgeable automotive enthusiast has come to the conclusion that the Nissan GT-R makes a great effort at defying the laws of physics. After-all, just about every single review or test drive video reiterates this very testament. I would only be beating a dead horse if I were to tell you the same thing about the latest creation to come from Nissan’s performance masterminds. After driving the new 2013 Nissan GT-R, with an extra 15 horsepower (545 hp total) and 15 pound-feet of torque (463 lb-ft torque total) over the 2012 model year, the dead horse is getting pounded into oblivion.
The new 2013 Nissan GT-R received some minor changes such as slight re-tuning of the engine and suspension refinements. The shear engineering and development of the GT-R year by year proves how Nissan engineers are not only tweaking things, but also making the GT-R better. You can almost compare the GT-R to how Porsche has had a continual lineage of subtle improvements in the 911. It just so happens that refinements to many well-endowed sports cars end up improving power output and in some cases, efficiency.
When it comes to being well-endowed in the performance arena, that is strictly the 2013 Nissan GT-R’s forte. Already, out of the gate, the 2009 Nissan GT-R shattered records and took vehicles costing over twice the price of a new GT-R head-on. To this day, you can still easily find an owner of the latest and greatest prancing horse out of Italy having some envy towards the performance capabilities of the GT-R. Sure, the GT-R may not be the best looking vehicle around, but those looks prove to be functional playing in its best interest when pushed to the limit.
I had the opportunity to visit Palm Beach International Raceway for what Nissan calls The 2013 Nissan GT-R Experience. The event is designed to allow journalists and a handful of lucky GT-R owners the opportunity to ‘experience’ the capabilities of the new 2013 GT-R in a controlled race track environment. We had a chance to take the GT-R on an autocross course, drag strip, handling course and the full racetrack. The event was split into two full sessions, morning and afternoon, with only a handful of journalists on my particular day. I opted for the afternoon session, which was an excellent choice due to some torrential down-pours of rain during the late morning time.
By time I arrived at the track, the rain letup but the track remained wet. This gave me the prime opportunity to experience the GT-R under slightly wet conditions on the autocross track. Nissan was generous enough to let us also experience the 2012 GT-R for a direct comparison to the 2013 model. I have to say, even though the contrast from 530 horsepower in the 2012 model versus 545 horsepower in the new 2013 is not that great on paper, there is a noticeable difference in the two. Nissan engineers basically took an already excellent 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine and allowed it to breath better while at the same time tweaked various internals to gain an additional power.
Naturally you would want to line the 2012 GT-R up against the 2013 GT-R and settle any disputes like men. Fortunately, that is exactly what we did once the drag strip was dry enough to get a good run in. Nissan setup an eighth-mile run with an additional 0-60-0mph run. Right out of the gate, without the assistance of the GT-R’s improved ‘launch control’, the 2013 model pulled ahead by at least a half car length. At the time, while behind the wheel of the 2013 GT-R, I was amazed how Godzilla had matured into an even angrier beast. Of course I went back for seconds -only this go around we enabled the infamous launch control, which is now programmed to reach 4,000 RPM while your left foot is on the brake and right foot is planted firmly to the floor. The shear thrust of all 4-wheels gripping the sticky drag strip is simply exhilarating. Blink your eye once and you would have reached clear past 60mph well under 3 seconds quickly approaching triple digits.
To bring things to a stop, the 6-piston Brembo brake calipers biting down on 15.35 inch front cross-drilled floating monoblock rotors and 4 piston rear calipers on 15.0 inch rear cross-drilled two-piece rotors do the duty without any fade. Even when braking from triple digit speeds, the massive steel brakes stood up to the test without any noticeable fade time after time.
Who would have thought the Nissan GT-R could get any better? Of course 0-60mph times are not everything when it comes to a true high performance vehicle. That’s okay, because the new 2013 Nissan GT-R improves handling feel with higher spring rates, retuned Blisten DampTronic dampers with an added bypass valve, better intercooler breathing and new model-specific Dunlop tires are added to the equation. Other changes for the 2013-year GT-R include revised blue-color instrument cluster lighting and a new dry carbon fiber spoiler for the Black Edition.
The Nissan GT-R is undoubtedly a purpose built vehicle but it can serve as a daily commuter as well. You may not be able to fit two full-sized adults in the two rear seats, but you have just about enough room to stow your “stuff” on long trips. You also won’t find a plush or refined interior. Aside from all of the other interior details, such as the video-game inspired multi-function display, 11-speaker Bose stereo and standard backup camera, the 2013 Nissan GT-R is all about being a supercar.
Over-all driving dynamics of the new 2013 Nissan GT-R are improved from the added power and refined suspension. Considering the GT-R’s not-so-slim curb weight of 3,829 pounds, the GT-R handles itself much like a car that weighs 400 pounds lighter. Of course having power vectored to all 4-wheels through the world’s first independent rear transaxle ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system, keeps things well balanced through the corners. This was evident when I first drove the 2009 GT-R several years ago but now the 2013 GT-R pushes the envelope even further. As accustomed to the GT-R, shifting of the 6-speed dual-clutch transmission allowed precise down-shifts and lightning fast up-shifts.
During the time on the autocross portion of our Nissan GT-R Experience, the GT-R proved to be nimble enough to toss around without too much intrusion from the stability management set in normal default mode. Putting the dampers, transmission and stability/traction control into race modes puts Godzilla into its most aggressive demeanor. In full race mode you can actually feel the GT-R swing out for a second before bringing almost 4,000 pounds back in line. Sometimes it just seems unbelievable that the GT-R can manage such law-defying maneuvers. After manhandling the GT-R around the autocross course the lateral G-force meter on the LCD touch-screen read over 1g many times even with a slightly wet track.
You will surely feel like a superhero after driving the new 2013 Nissan GT-R. The GT-R will make you feel almost like a professional racecar driver provided you are driving the GT-R with stability management in tact. Unfortunately, due to the high sense of security the 2013 GT-R gives you, it will not turn you into a better driver the moment you step into a different vehicle. The GT-R is a one-of-a-kind vehicle that literally leaves you in disbelief after pushing it to the limits. Finding the limit to the GT-R’s handling abilities is almost a task in itself. I have been on many other tracks in the past with vehicles having well-over 500 horsepower. Many of those vehicles would just scare you out of pushing it to the limit while the GT-R begs you to go faster.
After meeting part of Nissan’s engineering team and discovering how the GT-R is evolving into the best supercar for the money, it is evident how Nissan is dead-set on improving the breed to not only compete with the competition, but to demolish it.
The 2013 GT-R also comes in a Black Edition flavor with a dry carbon fiber spoiler, metallic black six-spoke RAYS® lightweight wheels, unique red and black Recaro® leather-appointed seats the option to choose between 6 different exterior colors.
Is the new 2013 Nissan GT-R worth the increased base price of $96,820? It sure is. At least until the time comes where you can find another car that can perform just as well or better out of the box for this price.
Copyright: 2012 AutomotiveAddicts.com
- Price: Base GT-R Coupe $96,820 – GT-R Black Edition $106,320
- Engine: 3.8-liter V6 Twin-turbo DOHC 24-valves 545 horsepower @ 6400 rpm / 463 ft-lbs. torque @ 3200 rpm
- Drive: AWD
- Wheelbase: 109.4in.
- Total length: 183.9in.
- Total width: 74.6in.
- Total height: 53.9in.
- Track: f/r-62.6/63.0in.
- Turning circle: 36.6ft.
- Headroom: f/r-35.8/31.9in.
- Legroom: f/r-44.6/26.4in.
- MPG: 16mpg city/23mpg highway
- Fuel tank: 19.5 gallons
- 0-60mph: 2.7 seconds
- Quarter (1/4) mile: 10.8 seconds
- EPA cargo volume: 8.8cu.ft.
- Curb weight: 3,829lbs.
|2013 Nissan GT-R To Get More Power||
There’s a saying that you can’t have too much of a good thing, and when it comes to horsepower we’re inclined to believe it. No one in their right mind would accuse the 2012 Nissan GT-R of being slow, but we seriously doubt buyers would object to Nissan building a faster GT-R. In case you’ve forgotten the specs on the current version, it’ll sprint from a standstill to 60 miles per hour in just under three seconds (2.93 to be exact), run to a top speed just shy of 200 miles per hour and embarrass cars costing twice as much when the road gets twisty.
Autoblog and the North American GT-R Owners Club are reporting that some fairly substantial changes are in the works for the 2013 model. The changes were discussed at a recent European press event, but have yet to be finalized; still, word is that the 2013 version will get a boost of “at least” 40 horsepower, which would bring Godzilla up to a minimum of 570 horsepower. While no one would buy a GT-R to be Green, the 2013 model will also crank out less carbon dioxide, so buying one is an ecologically sensible thing to do in our eyes.
Under the sheetmetal, the suspension and transmission shift logic have been revised for even better handling, and the underbody has been redesigned to improve airflow (add downforce, would be our guess) and aid cooling. Don’t look for any changes to styling or paint options, since the 2013 will be visually identical to the 2012 model. Pricing has not yet been set, but we’d expect a modest bump in price to justify the higher output.
|Report: More Powerful Nissan GT-R In The Works For 2013||
Just in case the current GT-R isn’t fast enough for you, Nissan is reportedly working on a horsepower upgrade for the next GT-R, due in 2012 as a 2013 model. If Japan’s Best Car magazine is correct, that could take the GT-R from its current 530 horsepower all the way up to 560 horsepower, which would make the car “noticeably faster” than the already improved 2012 version. Inside Line’s sources say that power bump may be exaggerated, but it’s clear that Nissan doesn’t want to be slower around the Nürburgring than a Corvette ZR1. As it stands today, the latest GT-R lapped the ‘Ring in 7:24.22, giving up two and a half seconds to the Corvette’s 7:19.63. No matter how much horsepower the next model makes, expect it to turn in a lap below 7:19.5.
Inside Line also reports that the Japanese-market-only Spec V version will disappear at the end of 2011. To no one’s surprise, there’s been little demand for a car that costs twice as much as a base GT-R, yet produces only marginal performance gains. Nissan is reportedly working on a lightweight version of the next GT-R to replace the Spec V, at a significantly lower price.
Source: Inside Line