Nissan GT-R MY2013

The popular Nissan GT-R first breached the market four years ago at an amazing value of £60,000 for its 480hp, making competitors look pricey. Since then, the company has been directly upping both power and price, to arrive at the latest version, the Nissan GT-R MY2013. The new model gets many new tweaks, including engine and chassis updates that promise to significantly enhance its performance.

What’s new

The Nissan GT-R MY2013 is powered by a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V6 3799cc petrol engine with increased responsiveness. Its body is more rigid than the previous model and the suspension provides more stability at high speeds and a better ride. Physical changes include a new pressure release valve for the turbos, new injectors, revised spring and damper rates and new oil-pan baffles. The difference is noticeable and the car seems to be less aggressive in the boost application without cutting on speed.

The high-output injectors aim to improve top-end and mid-range responsiveness while the new turbo bypass relief valve boosts pressure. The new front suspension cam bolts strengthen driveshaft connections and improve corner stability. Tweaks to the springs, dampers and front anti-roll bar lower the roll center. The 1740kg car has an extra layer taken of its paint and a new Race Sport Plus-Plus-Plus windscreen which is 0.5g lighter. The manufacturer also strengthened the dashboard bracing to increase rigidity and clear the decks for the suspension.

How fast is it?

Nissan GT-R MY2013 is so fast you will miss it if you blink. It’s faster than the Porsche 911 Turbo S and besides a Bugatti Veyron, nothing can touch it in a straight line. Actually, only the Caterham 620R comes close to the GT-R’s 0-62mph in 2.7 seconds time. However, we like the Nissan GT-R MY2013 better because of its proper roof and all-wheel drive.

On the road

The Nissan GT-R MY2013 feels almost the same as the previous model, tolerating urban environments. However, the ride is at least bearable with the help of the Comfort mode. Its top-class build limits the impact of bumps, although they resonate a bit. On a smooth road, the six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox shuffles itself and the supportive no-cost-option Recaro seats make drivers feel comfortable. On a bumpy road, Normal or R suspension mode is too rough, leaving Comfort as the mode to choose. However, you can still enjoy the vehicle’s flat cornering skills. Around town, the ride is firm, but you can choose Comfort mode, as it doesn’t require stiffer setting at urban speeds.

Conclusion

The Nissan GT-R MY2013 is better than it ever was, with a significant increase in speed and performance compared to the 2009 model. Its traction, power and point-to-point ability are cohesive and although it has some flaws, this monster has great value. The increase in ability caused an increase in price, so the car is now rated at £76,610.

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