2012 has come and gone, but lets look back at some of the points of the year. Not necessarily just the finer points, but some of the ones that float my boat today. The 2013 Nissan GT-R arrived at dealerships in early 2012. The Black Edition had a new carbon fiber wing element and 15 more horsepower. GT-R Buyers Guide 2009-2014
|GT-R vs Z06 vs 911|
35 units were sold vs 38 in December 2011. It seems that short supply, plus reports of the 2013's increased horsepower might have stolen a few sales. Total sales for 2011 was 1294 cars vs 877 in 2010 an increase of 47.5%.
|FIA GT3 Nissan GT-R. Rear wheel drive|
Nismo jointly with JRM Motorsports have just released details of the FIA GT3 spec Nissan GT-R. The car has been in development during 2011, with three outings. The GT3 is now available for sale at 32,000,000 Japanese yen, or around $416,000 USD. The 1300 kg(2866 lb) GT3 GT-R features the twin turbo VR38DETT engine, making 530(or higher) horsepower, in line with the 2012 US car.
Motor Trend put the GT-R in a couple of its best of 2011 lists." Figure Eight: 23.3 seconds @ 0.89 g (avg) Skidpad: 1.05 g (avg)
The Nissan GT-R that took down the Corvette Z06 and Shelby GT500 in our budget supercar comparison earlier this year is the quickest all-wheel-drive car to conquer the figure eight, out-pacing the mighty 911 Turbo by 0.2 second. Just to illustrate how volatile the vehicle testing game can be, the GT-R that finished runner-up in the 2011 Best Driver’s Car story needed 23.7 seconds around the same course."
|GT-R Premium / Dual-clutch transmission||$96,820 USD|
|GT-R Black Edition / Dual-clutch transmission||$106,320 USD|
Nissan GT-R Buyers Guide
|CRP World Challenge Nissan GT-R|
|Camaro ZL1 vs Nissan GT-R|
Road and Track Magazine pitted a Camaro ZL1 vs a Nissan GT-R. "The clocks show that the ZL1 is 2.8 seconds off the GT-R at Inde. Even with PTM, no-lift shifts and launch control, the ZL1 is simply the harder car to drive. It’s heavier by nearly 200 lb., thanks in part to a beefy 9.9-in. differential that’s built to handle the torque but is nearly twice as heavy as that used in the SS."
|Switzer USE Nissan GT-R. 927 all wheel horsepower - on 93 octane|
Motor Trend picked their best drivers car for 2011. Somehow the Nissan GT-R made it in the mix. "Bell’s reaction to the Nissan’s brutal acceleration is “that was truly magnificent!”"
|SP Engineering Nissan GT-R|