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

2013 Nissan GT-R Black Edition: The Gran Turismo Car
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Nissan let us borrow its 2013 GT-R Black Edition press car for our trip to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. We were blown away by its performance, even if the car doesn't include much of the convenience-oriented tech we've grown accustomed to.

The first time I, along with most North Americans, encountered Nissan's Skyline was back in 1998 with the first release of Gran Turismo from Polyphony Digital for Sony’s PlayStation console. Nissan kept the car mostly for its home and European markets before Gran Turismo came out; the car was practically unheard of here. I still remember winning race after race in a Nissan Pulsar GTi-R to save enough credits to purchase an R32 Skyline GT-R, which ended up being one of my favorite cars in the game.

Gran Turismo was more than just entertainment, though. It was an encyclopedia of cars unavailable in North America back before Wikipedia was around. This one game introduced a complete generation to desirable vehicles available across the Pacific. We were missing out on all of them, though many ended up arriving on our shores, including the Subaru Impreza WRX, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, Mazda 2 (Demio), and of course Nissan's Skyline.

When the V35 Skyline reached North America in 2001 as the Infiniti G35, it was a domesticated animal sporting Nissan’s corporate 3.5 L V6. The company teased its perpetually-forthcoming GT-R with prototypes at auto shows for years. But it wasn’t until 2008 when the official successor to the previous Skyline GT-R arrived here in the States. Nissan dropped the Skyline brand and simply dubbed the car GT-R.

The GT-R is essentially the Gran Turismo car, which was featured so prominently on the cover of Gran Turismo 5 Prologue for PS3. Nissan created a much rawer beast in its GT-R, and even contracted Polyphony Digital to design the vehicle's multifunction display, which we’ll dive into later.

So what exactly are the editors of Tom's Hardware doing with this thing? Well, several months back, as we were discussing our plans for the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, we thought it'd be fun to take a road trip from Angelini's house in Bakersfield, California to Las Vegas, Nevada, er, "familiarizing" ourselves with the land-based rocket ship along the way. So, we gave Nissan USA a call to see if they had a press car available.

Company reps obliged and provided us with a 2013 GT-R Black Edition loaded with all of the goodies, including lightweight wheels, Recaro seats, and a carbon fiber wing, among other amenities.

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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!
  • 10 Hide
    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
    Quote:
    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.
  • 7 Hide
    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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