2013 Nissan GT-R Black Edition: The Gran Turismo Car

In The GT-R's Driver's Seat

Walk up to the GT-R and you’ll notice its door handles are recessed. This isn't to look pretty or be cute. Nissan's engineers designed them that way to improve the car's aerodynamics. As you can imagine, reducing drag is important on a vehicle with a claimed top speed of 193 MPH. To open the door, press on the side with the raised bumps and pull on the handle.

Inside, you're welcomed by the first notable addition included with the Black Edition trim: supportive Recaro bucket seats appointed in red and black leather. Per Recaro tradition, they sport excellent side bolster support, and had no trouble keeping us planted during aggressive cornering. The seats are heated too, which was nice as we cruised through the cold Las Vegas nights.

We found the GT-R's front seats to be about as comfortable as could be expected, though after 300 miles each way, it was clear we weren't riding around in an Infiniti. There's only so much "let me grip your rear-end and not let go" that a 30-something-year-old tech writer can take. 

Once you're planted into the driver's seat and look up, a basic set of analog gauges greet you. They include a speedometer, a tachometer, the fuel gauge, an engine temperature indicator, and a digital read-out that conveys the transmission's gear. There’s also a digital information center you can cycle through for trip information and gas mileage.

One of the coolest features we ran across just sitting in the driver's seat was the GT-R's tilt and telescoping steering wheel. While most cars with those features simply move the steering column and wheel, Nissan's engineers took the concept even further by moving the steering column and gauge clusters during adjustments. This allows the gauges to remain visible, regardless of the driver's position. The feature is great for track days. 

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  • tuanies
    Anonymous said:
    blackmagnumSupercar bang-for-the-buck...Win!


    110 grand is bang for the buck now?


    When compared to vehicles that cost $300k+, yes its quite the bargain!
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  • k1114
    A car review I actually didn't skip over.
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  • blackmagnum
    Supercar bang-for-the-buck...Win!
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  • k1114
    A car review I actually didn't skip over.
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  • daswilhelm
    blackmagnumSupercar bang-for-the-buck...Win!


    110 grand is bang for the buck now?
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  • tuanies
    Anonymous said:
    blackmagnumSupercar bang-for-the-buck...Win!


    110 grand is bang for the buck now?


    When compared to vehicles that cost $300k+, yes its quite the bargain!
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  • daswilhelm
    Anonymous said:
    Anonymous said:
    blackmagnumSupercar bang-for-the-buck...Win!


    110 grand is bang for the buck now?


    When compared to vehicles that cost $300k+, yes its quite the bargain!


    i'd spend my money at the porsche dealer, and not worry about imploding transmissions.
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  • jossrik
    No pics of the car from the side? Just that one drawing at an angle. I'm interested, but the pics don't really give a good idea what the car actually looks like.
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  • barto
    Will wait to watch on Top Gear to listen to Jeremy squeal like the first time he drove it in '09.
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  • jcurry23
    is the GTR known to have imploding transmissions??
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  • Jerky_san
    I doubt that car has many problems.. That's Nissan's pride and joy.. The engine being hand built kind of shows that.. Even though its minor tech oriented the pure precision and technology that went into making this beast of a car is amazing.. Blows my little evo x out of the water ;-; but I feel happy lol..
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  • natoco
    It is a great bang for your buck car, but I lacks what the 300k cars have, soul and sound. Yeah I gets to 100 quick but it sounds like a vacuum doing so rather than a supercar. Would still love to have one though
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  • Cataclysm_ZA
    I like the GT-R for a number of reasons, but the main one is that its very similar to Porsche. You can drive them to the racetrack, on the track or to the shopping mall in comfort. You can even service them yourself - looking at the hood everything's within an arm's reach and that makes maintenance easy. The reason why I most like it is because it's better than most super cars out there, yet costs half as much, just like the AUDI R8. How on earth Nissan keeps costs down while still performing so well is still a mystery.
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  • accolite
    And I thought Toms was a pc enthusiast site now its a car site too?
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  • cknobman
    Motor Trend said this car is so fast its scary and no street car should ever need to be this fast. They did a h2h against the Porsche 911 Turbo.

    Godizlla won.
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  • Peter Reeves-Hall
    >is the GTR known to have imploding transmissions??

    Early models had transmission issues with stop-go street racing.
    there is a "hidden" launch control feature that gives you the ~3s 0-60mph times. However on early cars the revs that the clutch was dropped at were a little too punishing for repeat use. The later models (and earlier ones reprogrammed back at the dealership) had had the launch revs dropped and the algorithm tuned. I also hear the revided software car will only alow the driver to do a couple of such launches before you have to do some cool down miles so as to not overheat/brake the transmission. IMO most cars will break something if you keep dropping the clutch and bruning out every for a 0-60mph burn every 5 minutes for a few hours...
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  • rshillshooter81
    I've never had a any problems with mine, the only down fall is the cost of the transmission flushes , brakes and tires, things like this. otherwise I've never had a problem and I've put 13k miles on mine now.
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  • tuanies
    Anonymous said:
    No pics of the car from the side? Just that one drawing at an angle. I'm interested, but the pics don't really give a good idea what the car actually looks like.


    Sorry, didn't take any side shots of the car had to get everything done and drive to LA / LAX to drop it off to make my flight home the same day :).
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  • tuanies
    Anonymous said:
    It is a great bang for your buck car, but I lacks what the 300k cars have, soul and sound. Yeah I gets to 100 quick but it sounds like a vacuum doing so rather than a supercar. Would still love to have one though


    Its a car for those that just want pure performance and none of the rest. I'll agree though, it does lack soul. You feel like its driving you rather than an extension of your hand, foot and mind.
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  • tuanies
    Anonymous said:
    I've never had a any problems with mine, the only down fall is the cost of the transmission flushes , brakes and tires, things like this. otherwise I've never had a problem and I've put 13k miles on mine now.


    Just out of curiosity, how much do the transmission flushes cost? I heard if you let the temp hit 250, the fluid needs to be changed right away or it will get very pissed off. And how much do the tires cost? I can't imagine those wide tires being very cheap.
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  • tuanies
    Anonymous said:
    And I thought Toms was a pc enthusiast site now its a car site too?


    We are a tech enthusiast site and embrace all aspects of tech, regardless of the platform.
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  • bjaminnyc
    Fast but really ugly. For the price a ZR1 is way sexier and probably as fast in most situations. The GTR is a race car lacking the ascetics of a refined sports car.
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