I always figured that the first six-figure Nissan I drove would have an Infiniti badge on the front, but this $107,600 as-tested 2013 GT-R Black Edition has given lie to that notion.

Since July, I've been fortunate enough to be in some wickedly quick cars, including an SLS AMG Coupe and Roadster, Camaro ZL1, Corvette 427 Convertible, TT RS, Panamera GTS, 911 Carrera S, E63 AMG Wagon and Shelby GT500. I think that under real-world road conditions, though, this Black Edition has got to be the quickest one of them – and not by a little.

Driving Notes
  • Given that the GT-R has always been galactically rapid, it's a bit hard to suss out the difference between this car and past model years in street use, but kudos to Nissan for aggressively updating the GT-R on a nearly annual basis. This Black Edition (curiously painted Solid Red) extracts 545 horsepower and 463 pound-feet of torque from its 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6. For comparison's sake, the GT-R launched here in 2008 with a piffling 480 horsepower.
  • What does the Black Edition add? Well, aside from nearly $10,000 to the MSRP, you get a handmade dry carbon fiber wing and lightweight six-spoke Rays alloys (nice forged pieces with black finish and polished lip), along with a pair of Recaro seats and red leather trim on the shifter, seats and door panels. That's a whole lot of cash, but at least the new wheels save a hefty 2.2 pounds per corner.
  • While the GT-R is a Nissan, it's clearly a supercar in its genetic makeup, so it should come as no surprise that it's not just happy to fire up and immediately run off to the corner grocery in cold weather like a Sentra. You'll want to warm it up a bit more deliberately than you might with an ordinary car. Doing so helps avoid a recalcitrant gearbox when moving between Reverse and Drive modes and avoids low-speed throttle hiccups.
  • A gripe: Why does Nissan insist on keeping the GT-R's obnoxious reverse warning beep? Unlike other models, the GT-R issues a warning chime in reverse, but it's only heard inside the cabin – it's like your own private garbage truck simulator. A cursory search around the web among GT-R forums would seem there's no easy fix to this bizarre inclusion.
  • Despite nicer materials in the Black Edition's cabin, like lesser all-wheel-drive heroes from Subaru and Mitsubishi, it's immediately clear that any stray dollars on this vehicle's program went into go-faster bits, not into the interior. The GT-R still feels cheap inside, from some of the switchgear to the gearshift lever itself.
  • The GT-R has been derided as an unemotional car by some enthusiasts – we've heard that driving it is "too easy" or that it's so accomplished that it's boring to go fast in this car. Rubbish. While it isn't as tactile as, say, a 911, the GT-R still demands quite a bit from its driver, if only because the outside world insists upon hurtling itself at the GT-R's windshield so quickly. And regardless of suspension mode, the ride is just plain rough, making even a daily commute rather more vivid.


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      Eta Carinae
      • 2 Years Ago
      but, its red...........lol
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 2 Years Ago
      Needs more black.
      Drew
      • 2 Years Ago
      Or you could buy a slightly used GT-R and get an AMS Alpha package put on
      torrenceofarabia
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car is HUGE Park it next to any other car ( including a Semi Truck) And it looks HUGE. But goes like hell......
        KY
        • 2 Years Ago
        @torrenceofarabia
        knodoctor got it right albeit the back seat is not "that" spacious but it's enough for a short drive dropping people from one place to another. And yes, Nissan had always intended this car to be a everyday street sports car hence the size, weight, back seat, subwoofer, deadener, 4wd etc. It's a "GT"-R. A lot of people seem to not understand this point.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @torrenceofarabia
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      johnb
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why is this thing such a gas hog? Even a GT500 with 100 more HP gets better highway mileage. I know, it doesn't matter on a car of this type, but still....
        techie69
        • 2 Years Ago
        @johnb
        Because of the AWD and the dual clutch trans.
        Greg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @johnb
        The MPG is still respectable for a car of this caliber. Many other cars in this range don't get similar MPG. The GT500 is an exception, not the standard.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Hedo D
      • 2 Years Ago
      What I don't understand is why Nissan can't build a GT-R with some kind of a track edition? Porsche does it with GT3 and GT2. They should build one with RWD, 6 or 7-speed sequential manual transmission, remove rear seats, etc. etc. That way the car can participate in various races without swapping to a V8 or other engines. People want to race with its twin-turbo V6 without all those electronic driving aids.
        over9000
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hedo D
        it doesn't need to, it's an everyday supercar, and even the regular GT-R can beat the GT3 and GT2.
      Judah Richardson
      • 2 Years Ago
      $10K extra for the ugliest wheel package I've seen for a car in that class. I'll pass.
      johnb
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car is looking seriously dated. Looks like something out of the late 1990's.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Porsche4life
      • 2 Years Ago
      Theyr trying really hard to make this car appealing but it's not working. This car is done. It's been out for couple of years and its already boring. NEXT!!!!!
        lewazzinaroillus
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Porsche4life
        will also add,..as per my above comment,..that these things haven't taken off in sales like gtr anticipated,...they now sell perhaps a 1000 here stateside,..and they're now claiming that's what they intended,..BULLSH@#$T!,...they thought this thing was gonna be the death of porsches 911,..to which all you can say is,.."bwahahahaha!",..really?,..the 911 has,...is now,..and probably will continue to do a smackdown on the gtr in terms of sales numbers,..wealthy car buyers just don't like the gtr,..period!,..and did you know?,...that even FERRARI!,..outsells the gtr here in the states,..yes,..that's right,..a car that sells for about 350,000 dollars OUTSELLS your gtr!,..if that's not proof that most folks LOATH them,..i don't know what is?!
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Porsche4life
        Obviously someone with a screen title Porsche4life would say that...
        techie69
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Porsche4life
        Not much changes in a Porsche design since Germans if they want change they employ Italians for their incapacity! Good thing Porsche handles well since looks are ancient!
          Porsche4life
          • 2 Years Ago
          @techie69
          And yet theyr still considered the best drivers car.
      bleexeo
      • 2 Years Ago
      "This Black Edition (curiously painted Solid Red)" Seriously, is Paukert really that stupid to actually type that?
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