2012 Nissan GT-R

The Nissan GT-R has long been known for offering the performance of an exotic sports car at a significantly lower price than its competitors. This morning, Nissan released the details of the updated 2013 GT-R, which hits U.S. dealerships in January 2012.

The 2013 GT-R gains 15 horsepower over the 2012 model for a total of 545 horsepower, and ramps its torque rating to 463 pound-feet from 448. Nissan also includes a retuned suspension, a refined transmission and a standard rearview camera along with its powertrain upgrades. A track-focused tuning pack will be available as well, according to Jalopnik.

These enhancements should take the Nissan GT-R’s performance from merely crazy to totally insane. “The improvements are said to shave an astonishing eight to ten seconds off the GT-R's already impressive Nürburgring lap time and drop the 0-60 time to as little as 2.7 seconds,” reports Autoblog.

Though the GT-R’s almost $90,000 starting price is a lot of money for any car, it routinely competes with sports cars that cost far more. Other cars in its price range, like the Jaguar XK, take 5 seconds to get to 60 mph, according to Car and Driver, and the $200,000 Audi R8 GT still needs 3.1 seconds to get to 60, according to a different test. The brand-new Lamborghini Aventador, with its 700-horsepower, 12-cylinder engine, has a 0-to-60 time of 2.8 seconds, and costs four times as much as the GT-R.

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