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2012 Nissan GT-R Premium

2012 Nissan GT-R Review

(0 Stars)  Supercar performance and technology for a less-than-supercar price.

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Overview
Japan's preeminent supercar continues to get better, with more power and a revised suspension for 2012. The Nissan GT-R is one of the fastest, most capable performance cars available for less than $100,000. What the GT-R may lack in tactility and driver involvement it makes up for in pure speed and grip. Driving the Nissan on public roads doesn't really do it justice, because only at breakneck speeds on a track is the car's true potential revealed. Three toggle switches on the center stack allow the driver to choose different modes for the suspension, stability control, and dual-clutch transmission. The track-oriented R mode enables launch control that sends the GT-R hurtling to 60 mph in as few as three seconds and on toward a maximum velocity of 196 mph. That performance is facilitated by a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-6, now upgraded to 530 hp and 448 lb-ft of torque, mated to a six-speed automated manual transmission that can swap gears in as little as 0.2 second. The Nissan GT-R's squared-off, angular body looks aggressive enough to match the car's on-track demeanor, but it's now starting to appear somewhat dated compared to less angular, more shapely supercars. The interior is finished in high-quality materials, with generous doses of brushed metal and optional carbon-fiber accents. The big touch screen can display all manner of information about the car's performance, from boost and oil pressure to lateral g-force and steering angle. There are few better choices than the Nissan GT-R for setting heroically fast lap times with a minimum of fuss.

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2012 GT-R Premium Coupe Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Turbocharged
Engine: 3.8L V 6 DOHC with variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 16 MPG city, 23 MPG highway, 19 MPG combined and 370 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
19.5gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 530 hp @ 6,400 rpm; 448 ft lb of torque @ 5,200 rpm

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'12 Nissan Premium Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Rear Spoiler
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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HID Headlights
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Limited Slip Differential
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Dual Power Seats
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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Navigation System
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Voice Activated Controls
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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