The Nissan GT-R is like nothing else in Nissan's model line-up, and pretty unique in the automotive world. It uses exceptional performance tech to give it performance on par with cars costing three times as much.
The GT-R launched to great fanfare last year as Nissan's budget supercar. The 2010 model is little changed, except for an extra 5 horsepower squeezed out of the engine.
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The GT-R's smooth sides meet the horizontal bits in odd creases, all designed for optimum aerodynamics. Big vents in the fenders suck hot air from the front wheels.
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The GT-R needs a lot of air for cooling and its twin turbos, but Nissan made the front air intake relatively small to reduce drag.
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For 2010, Nissan upped the horsepower from the twin turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6 to 485, from the previous model year's 480. Various testers have taken the car to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds using the car's launch control.
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The GT-R uses a classic coupe design, with 2+2 seating.
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These big brake calipers deliver well-modulated stopping power, letting you slow the car gracefully or bring it to a screaming halt.
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The GT-R is all-wheel-drive, with control electronics that help it take corners at ridiculously fast speeds.
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Four big exhaust tips look cool, but also help the engine achieve maximum horsepower. Rather than a bass exhaust note, the GT-R sounds more like a race car.
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Like everything else on the car, this spoiler isn't here for looks; it adds appropriate downforce to help the car keep grip.
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There is a trunk, but it is small, and access is limited by the drop-in design.
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There are rear seats in the GT-R, but no one would thank you for letting them ride back there. The car's suspension is very rigid, and there is very little legroom.
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The GT-R's wheel includes controls for cruise, phone, and the stereo, along with start/stop buttons for the lap timer.
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This transmission's stick is small--not meant for gear changes, just to put the car in its different modes.
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Column-mounted paddles shift the dual-clutch transmission through its six gears.
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Race car appropriate, the tachometer dominates the instrument cluster, and the speedometer is off to the side. Note that all legal speeds are near the bottom of the speedometer.
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These switches let you put the car in race mode, adjusting the suspension and traction control. There are also snow and comfort modes.
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The display shows a variety of gauge screens, providing a wide array of information about the car's performance.
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Among the non-custom screens are graphics showing fuel economy and gear shift efficiency.
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The map graphics are not of the best resolution, but the navigation system is practical, showing 3D landmarks.
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Live traffic on the navigation system helps you avoid jams.
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The car has an onboard hard drive with room for music storage. The interface lets you choose music by album, artist, genre, and even mood.
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Satellite radio is also available in the GT-R.
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A compact flash slot is built into the dashboard, so you can play MP3s off of a card.
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The Bluetooth phone system is basic, lacking the capability to import phone contact lists.