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

Introducing Godzilla, Nissan's 2013 GT-R Black Edition

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.

  • 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
    10742284 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
    10742298 said:
    10742284 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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