KBB Editors' Overview
By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 10/24/2012
From a company known for its innovative electric cars and sporty but affordable family sedans, the 2013 Nissan GT-R appears more like a 370Z on steroids. Far more than just some generic coupe with a big engine stuffed under the hood, the GT-R is a bona fide performance machine, engineered from the ground up to deliver an adrenaline rush on par with the fastest Porsche 911 or Audi R8. But, the GT-R's nearly $100,000 price tag puts it well out of reach of the numerous enthusiasts and video gamers who have loved this car's predecessor – the Skyline GT-R – for over two decades. Maybe dad can swing the payments, that is, if he's lucky enough to live close to one of the only 700 Nissan dealers authorized to sell and service the GT-R.
You'll Like This Car If...
While supercars seem to roam freely overseas, in the U.S., those who seek such an animal are limited to a few names. If you've got the cash, the 2013 Nissan GT-R will be one of those rare options, alongside names such as the BMW M3, Audi R8 and Chevy Corvette Z06.
You May Not Like This Car If...
While the 2013 Nissan GT-R is exotic, you can find nearly the same levels of performance from a less costly American alternative like the Chevrolet Corvette or Camaro, or even the Ford Mustang GT500.
What's New for 2013
For 2013, Nissan has given the GT-R a 15-horsepower bump, bringing output to 545; torque is also increased by 15. The GT-R sees revisions to its transmission aimed at improving shift times and a revised suspension. A new carbon rear spoiler is added to Black Edition models, while all GT-Rs now feature a standard rearview camera.
Pressing a single button is all that is required to bring the 2013 Nissan GT-R's twin-turbocharged V6 engine to life, but it's the pushing on the car's throttle that brings the driver to life. The GT-R's neck-snapping acceleration would be terrifying if not for the impressive array of mechanical and electronic suspension components designed to keep both car and driver safe at high speeds. Thankfully, the GT-R's well-weighted power steering, driver-selectable suspension and variable torque-split all-wheel drive (AWD) combine to give the driver exactly the control he requires. Needing only the slightest inputs, the GT-R's steering is precise and direct, and the big Brembo brakes perform faithfully even after repeated hard stops. Those who really enjoy pushing the limits will revel in the GT-R's "Race mode" settings that can be set to quicken shifts, stiffen the shocks and, wisely or not, deactivate the electronic stability and traction control.
TWIN-TURBO V6 ENGINE
A paragon of usable power, the GT-R's hand-built, 545-horsepower V6 delivers smooth, quick and predictable responses that make this ultra-quick Nissan easy to live with in town but an absolute rocket when called upon to give max performance.
DRIVER-TUNABLE VEHICLE DYNAMICS
The 2013 Nissan GT-R Coupe lets you select from several different and distinct ride-compliance, stability-control and transmission-shift program settings, which can transform it from a high-profile but quite livable urban cruiser into a hard-edged corner carver that can run with the best-handling cars in the world.
Nissan's 2013 GT-R coupe's highly stylized cockpit is cozy, yet sport seats with nine inches of travel and a tilt/telescopic steering column help to accommodate all but NBA-sized drivers. The user-friendly meters and gauges are placed at a uniform height, an important attribute that helps minimize the driver's head movement. The centerpiece of the GT-R's interior is a multifunction display that rests atop the center dash. The unit collects and stores data detailing your driving activities, which after a few hot laps around the track, can be reviewed to see which skills might need improvement.
A collage of sharp angles, rounded contours and crisp edges conspires to give the 2013 Nissan GT-R a slippery 0.26 coefficient of drag. A carbon-fiber underbody diffuser and subtle rear spoiler help keep the GT-R grounded at high speeds. Certainly the GT-R's enormous front-fender vents catch everyone's eye, but they are not just there to turn heads; the vents provide front downforce and optimal side airflow. Staggered-width 20-inch alloy wheels, which are wrapped in 255/40 tires up front and 285/35 tires in the rear, further aid the GT-R's stability.
Notable Standard Equipment
The 2013 Nissan GT-R Coupe is equipped with a 6-speed dual-clutch automated-manual rear transaxle, ATESSA E-TS all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, Brembo brakes and adjustable suspension and stability-control settings. Inside, leather, Alcantara and brushed-aluminum trim complement a full roster of power assists, a voice-activated navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, 11-speaker Bose Surround Sound audio system, dual-zone climate control, speed-sensitive wipers, push-button ignition, bi-xenon HID headlights, heated front seats, unique vehicle information-system graphics, side-impact and side-curtain airbags and Bridgestone RE070A performance tires. The Black Edition adds RAYS black metallic lightweight alloy wheels, red-and-black Recaro leather seats and a black headliner.
Notable Optional Equipment
Nissan offers only one option for the 2013 GT-R coupe: a Cold Weather Package featuring Dunlop all-season tires and a specialized water/coolant ratio mix.
Under the Hood
The 2013 Nissan GT-R Coupe has a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that develops an electrifying 545 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and an equally riveting 463 lb-ft of peak torque from 3,200-5,800 revs. Set back behind the front axle, the all-aluminum engine sends this Nissan super coupe streaking to 60 mph in less than three seconds, and on to 100 mph in about eight seconds, as it heads to a top speed in excess of 190 mph. Matched to this might is a 6-speed, sequential dual-clutch transmission that offers three driver-selectable programs and a rev-matching throttle-blip feature, plus a conventional console shifter and finger-friendly paddles mounted on the steering column. While hard running will guarantee your mileage to be less, the GT-R's official EPA numbers are 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.
3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6
545 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
463 lb-ft of torque @ 3,200-5,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23 mpg
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2013 Nissan GT-R Coupe is around $98,000, and tops out around $107,000 for the Black Edition. Even so, there's no disputing this extreme Nissan offering is one amazing performance value. To be sure you are not paying too much, check KBB.com's Fair Purchase Price which shows what others in your area have paid for their GT-R. We project that all decently maintained GT-Rs will fare on par with the Corvette Z06 and considerably better when it comes to long-term value retention than many of their prime price rivals like the Porsche Cayman S, as well as more expensive exotics, including the Audi R8 and Porsche 911 Carrera Turbo. Based on past owner loyalty, most GT-R devotees will likely view any resale-related issues as moot.