2013 Nissan GT-R


$41,584 - $45,664

2013 Nissan GT-R Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2013 Nissan GT-R was new.


Performance: 9.0

The 2013 Nissan GT-R impresses reviewers with its ferocious power and adept handling. Several reviewers also comment about how secure they feel piloting the twin-turbocharged V6-powered GT-R at high speeds, thanks to its all-wheel drive and adjustable suspension that help keep the car under control. As a whole, reviewers love the GT-R for its acceleration and great power delivery.

  • "So, the GT-R is about absolute security. It wants to take you places at ridiculous speeds and with no slip-ups." -- Car and Driver
  • "By any recorded performance measurement, the GT-R is simply incredible." -- Edmunds
  • "The GT-R's neck-snapping acceleration would be terrifying if not for the impressive array of mechanical and electronic suspension components designed to keep both car and driver safe at high speeds." -- Kelley Blue Book

Acceleration and Power

Powering the 2013 Nissan GT-R is a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 that produces 545 horsepower and 463 pound-feet of torque. Power is routed to the wheels through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. According to the EPA, the GT-R achieves 16/23 mpg city/highway.

Since its inception in 2009, the GT-R has astounded reviewers with its incredible power and blistering acceleration, and the 2013 model is no different. Critics say the engine is smooth around town and there is never a shortage of power. Reviewers are also pleased with the transmission, saying it shifts quickly and does a good job of keeping the engine in its power band.

  • "A paragon of usable power, the GT-R's hand-built, 545-horsepower V6 delivers smooth, quick and predictable responses that make this ultra-quick Nissan easy to live with in town but an absolute rocket when called upon to give max performance." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "While track lapping, it's easier to tease out the car's inner beast by keeping the engine boiling, and once it's in the mood, the GT-R never fails to dazzle even its most vocal detractors." -- Car and Driver
  • "Of course, once the GT-R hits the open road, upshifts are ridiculously quick, while downshifts are accompanied by perfect throttle blips every time whether in automatic or manual mode, and this racing-style performance is what you're after in the first place, isn't it?" -- Edmunds

Handling and Braking

Reviewers are generally pleased with the GT-R’s performance and handling abilities. The GT-R comes with an adjustable suspension that allows the driver to dial the suspension for more comfort or better handling. They say that the GT-R handles a track well, but its weight makes it feel less agile than some rivals, and one reviewer notes that its standard all-wheel drive system makes the GT-R more prone to understeer than some rear-wheel drive rivals. Reviewers like its precise, communicative steering and great grip from the standard all-wheel drive system. Some reviewers find the brakes to be very strong, although one critic detected noticeable brake fade after a few laps around a track.

  • "The GT-R really shines on serpentine roads or racetracks, where its handling limits rank with the top supercars. The suspension is unfazed by speed, so the car tracks through curves with robotic precision. The steering is as communicative and responsive as we've ever experienced in an all-wheel-drive car. However, the GT-R's curb weight of 3,800 pounds keeps it from feeling as nimble as a Porsche 911." -- Edmunds
  • "All-wheel drive has a couple of downsides besides the extra weight and fuel penalty (this was the test guzzler at 14 mpg). Namely, it produces understeer and dulls some feedback-though less than before-through the wheel. Despite having an extra 650 pounds to decelerate, this is the only car here without carbon-ceramic rotors. The brakes softened noticeably after a few hard laps." -- Car and Driver
  • "Thankfully, the GT-R's well-weighted power steering, driver-selectable suspension and variable torque-split all-wheel drive (AWD) combine to give the driver exactly the control he requires. Needing only the slightest inputs, the GT-R's steering is precise and direct, and the big Brembo brakes perform faithfully even after repeated hard stops." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "GT-R corners with virtually zero body lean especially at speeds suitable for public roads." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

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