Nissan has raised the price for the upcoming model year of the GT-R, Nissan’s uber-fast sports car. The base model, which is as fast as a Ferrari at Porsche prices, will be almost $7,000 more expensive.
Sports cars getting more expensive
The Nissan GT-R is a special car. There are very few cars that have the insane power and performance that are as cheap. The current generation of GT-R, which was unveiled several years ago, was clocked going 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.9 seconds, according to AutoBlog, which is almost as fast as a Bugatti Veyron, the fastest road-going car currently in production. The base model of the GT-R starts at $89,950, an unbelievable bargain for that kind of power.
Unfortunately, according to USA Today, the next model year is going to be more expensive. The base model is going up from the current $89,950 to $96,280. That does not include the $1,000 destination fee. The GT-R Black Edition is going up too, from $95,100 to $106,320. The increase of the value of the yen against the dollar is the likely culprit.
A few things come with the higher price tag. The car still, according to AutoWeek, comes with a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6, but the power output has been increased. Instead of 530 horsepower and 448 foot-pounds of torque, the 2013 GT-R, in both editions, will produce 545 horsepower and 463 foot-pounds of torque. The engine is still made in a clean room by a master technician.
The Black Edition also gets a fancy new carbon fiber rear spoiler. A back-up camera and Bluetooth connectivity was formerly an option, according to Automobile Magazine, but now comes standard. The car is still all-wheel-drive and uses a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, with a new gearbox that’s been tweaked to give the car smoother shifting. The suspension has been modified, and the front of the car has been updated to improve airflow.
No peers with that much punch
The GT-R, even at higher prices, has no peers that offer that kind of speed for that little money. However, one could buy two new BMW 3 Series sedans for the same amount as one GT-R and have change.
The fastest Porsche 911, the 911 Turbo S, produces about the same amount of horsepower and goes from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.1 seconds and costs $160,700,. The Corvette ZR1 is half a second slower than the GT-R and costs $111,600. The Audi R8 GT, with the V-10, costs $149,000. The only Mercedes capable of getting from 0 to 60 in less than 4 seconds is the SLS AMG, which costs $189,600, almost $100,000 more than the GT-R, and is almost a full second slower in getting from 0 to 60.
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