The 2012 Nissan GT-R claws its way to 60 mph in three seconds, or less--and that's really the only reason we need to give it a perfect 10 on the MotorAuthority brain-explodometer.
But that's not all the GT-R delivers, because power without traction only equals a big tire bill. Nissan's supercar--yes, supercar, not wannabe--has beautifully balanced handling and dumbfounding levels of grip, courtesy of some 20-inch meathooks for tires, brainiac all-wheel drive and a computer-controlled suspension, and an automated manual transmission with awesome reflexes.
The engine's a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6. Last year's 473 horsepower were never enough, even when they delivered 60-mph runs of 3.3 seconds and top speeds of 193 mph. This year, Nissan's found another few dials to twist, and breathing exercises to perform. Net-net, the GT-R thumps out 530 horsepower and 448 pound-feet of torque, slingshots to 60 mph in about 3.0 seconds, all while whistling and hustling around nimbly, shuffling power...
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