Available in two models, the Premium and Black Edition, the 2012 Nissan GT-R is going to make a serious dent in your bank account, but comes with the sheer power, performance and smooth ride that you’ve come to expect in a top-of-the-line sports car. The Nissan GT-R Premium starts at $96,820, while the Nissan GT-R Black Edition starts at a wallet-busting $106,320.
Both models come with an awe-inspiring 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine with 24 valves and 545 horsepower at 6,400 RPM. The Dual Overhead Cams with Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System on the intake, makes for one of the smoothest rides in its class. The engine is also engineered – no pun intended – with Nissan’s signature Direct Injection setup. Perhaps most amazing, is the fact that this little sports car has all-wheel drive capabilities on both models as well. The Electronic Traction Control system ensures that proper power is directed to specific wheels in the event of a slide or skid. Innovative technology, such as the hill start assist, prevents rolling in reverse when on a steep incline. The transmission is a 6-speed automatic with 3 separate driver modes and the ability to go into manual mode from “shifters” located on the steering column. The 2012 Nissan GT-R also comes equipped with 4 standard disc brakes, making for the quickest and smoothest braking possible. The front suspension is a double wishbone with aluminum bars, while the rear suspension is multilink and also has aluminum bars. The engine chassis brace is constructed of the highest quality carbon fiber, so you can rest assured that this beast is quick, light and efficient.
As far as fuel economy goes, the GT-R isn’t the most efficient, but boy is it sure fun to drive. The GT-R Premium and the Black Edition both get and EPA estimated 23 MPG on the highway and 16 in town.
Both models have been fused with racecar technology, when it comes to outward appearance and engine specs. The GT-R was engineered by Nissan with a Premium Midship platform, with a hybrid unibody. Engineers at Nissan also took into account aerodynamics of the car, giving it a coefficient drag of just 0.26. For those of you who aren’t physics buffs, that is barely any drag. It also comes standard with HID headlights and LED daytime running lights, to conserve power.
Safety was of course a top concern, especially when constructing a car built for agility and speed. With an Advanced Airbag System and additional front airbags, consumers can rest assured that both them and their passengers will be safe in the event of a crash. It also comes with an anti-lock braking system and a tire pressure monitoring system, which alerts the driver when the tire pressure has reached an undesirable level.
All-in-all, the 2012 Nissan GT-R is a fun, fast and efficient ride. Just hope that it doesn’t break the bank.