A 2013 Nissan GT-R, testing in JapanEnlarge Photo
On paper, the 2013 Nissan GT-R looks to be a solid improvement over the outgoing model. There’s a jump to 545 horsepower and 463 lb.-ft. of torque, from last year’s 520 hp and 451 lb.-ft., which should allow the new car to run the quarter mile in the high tens.
Nissan has been estimating that the new GT-R will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in around 2.7 seconds, and now Motor Trend has unearthed a video documenting Nissan’s performance claims. Would you believe a 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) time of 2.84 seconds, backing up Nissan’s claims of a 2.7 second 0 to 60 time? Actually, the recorded time to sixty miles per hour was 2.72 seconds, but we're willing to round to the nearest tenth.
The video is unofficial, and Nissan isn’t showing its cards just yet. Still, there’s no denying that the next generation of Godzilla will be even more formidable than the car it replaces, and the current GT-R is no slouch in the performance department.
Until Nissan shows us the new GT-R flexing its muscles, you’ll have to be content with the “bootleg” video below, shot at Sendai Highland Raceway by the Japanese website Love Cars.