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The Infotainment System

2013 Nissan GT-R Black Edition: The Gran Turismo Car
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A seven-inch display sits at the top of the center stack with a slight tilt towards the driver. This is your standard WVGA panel sporting a resolution of 800x480. The angle makes the screen easier to see from the captain's chair, and it isn't susceptible to glare at all. We like that Nissan doesn't shy away from gratuitous use of physical buttons, which are mostly located below the LCD to control navigation, information, settings, phone, and audio controls. There’s even a control knob sitting to the lower-left of the LCD that scrolls through functionality on-screen.

Nissan equips the GT-R with an infotainment system that visually resembles the previously-reviewed Infiniti JX35 with Hard Drive Navigation system (2013 Infiniti JX35: Getting Us One Step Closer To A Driverless Car). We aren't privy to the platform's inner working, unfortunately. However, Nissan's Hard Drive Navigation system does run QNX, as with most vehicles currently available. 

The 2013 GT-R features a 30 GB hard drive, which leaves 9.4 GB of space available for music storage. We didn't have a ton of time with the car before jetting off to Vegas, so we didn't try to load a fraction of our personal libraries onto the drive. But with notably larger flash drives selling for relatively little, on-board storage isn't a huge selling point anymore.

Beyond its disk-based storage, Nissan enables an AM/FM radio for music, SiriusXM, a CD player, auxiliary input, and a USB port. HD Radio is not available on the GT-R, just as it wasn't on the JX35. This is a disappointment to us.

Navigation maps for the Nissan Hard Drive Navigation system are sourced from Navteq. If you want an update, you can get them from Nissan for $250 a year. The navigation software is pretty straightforward, and you spend your time looking at flat 2D overhead guidance. We really expected 3D mapping to at least be an option given the GT-R's price tag, but no such luck. At least the Nissan Hard Drive Navigation system does integrate Zagat reviews for restaurant points of interests.

Restrictions to prevent operation while in motion are still in place with the GT-R, as they were with Infiniti's JX35.

Nissan also arms its GT-R with a back-up camera, which is a nice addition since the car has terrible rear visibility. 

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    tuanies , April 30, 2013 10:42 PM
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    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 , April 30, 2013 10:08 PM
    A car review I actually didn't skip over.
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  • 8 Hide
    blackmagnum , April 30, 2013 10:05 PM
    Supercar bang-for-the-buck...Win!
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    k1114 , April 30, 2013 10:08 PM
    A car review I actually didn't skip over.
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    daswilhelm , April 30, 2013 10:38 PM
    blackmagnumSupercar bang-for-the-buck...Win!


    110 grand is bang for the buck now?
  • 16 Hide
    tuanies , April 30, 2013 10:42 PM
    Quote:
    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 , April 30, 2013 10:49 PM
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    Quote:
    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 , April 30, 2013 11:51 PM
    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 , May 1, 2013 4:25 AM
    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 , May 1, 2013 4:40 AM
    is the GTR known to have imploding transmissions??
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    Jerky_san , May 1, 2013 5:43 AM
    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 , May 1, 2013 5:48 AM
    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 , May 1, 2013 6:32 AM
    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 , May 1, 2013 6:39 AM
    And I thought Toms was a pc enthusiast site now its a car site too?
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    cknobman , May 1, 2013 7:02 AM
    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 , May 1, 2013 7:03 AM
    >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 , May 1, 2013 7:43 AM
    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 , May 1, 2013 7:43 AM
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    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 , May 1, 2013 7:44 AM
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    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 , May 1, 2013 7:46 AM
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    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 , May 1, 2013 7:47 AM
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    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 , May 1, 2013 7:52 AM
    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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