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First Test: 2012 Nissan GT-R


First Test: 2012 Nissan GT-R: 530 twin-turbocharged horses and 448 pound-feet of thrust catapult a motionless all-wheel drive 2012 Nissan GT-R to 60 mph in a blistering 2.9 second
Under a full 20 psi boost blitz with the new launch control (aka R Mode Start Function) engaged, all 530 twin-turbocharged horses and 448 pound-feet of thrust catapult a motionless all-wheel drive 2012 Nissan Gt R to 60 mph in a blistering 2.9 seconds. The car that in 2007 changed a number of performance reference points is changing them once again.

For those unfamiliar with speed, the new NISSAN GT R achieves a kind of quickness expected from the automotive world's uppermost crust -- those with six-figure price tags attached or with ultra-limited production numbers. These include the $130,000-plus Porsche Turbo PDK (0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds) and multi-million dollar Bugatti Veyron (2.7 seconds). A Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SuperVeloce would be demolished in a straight line battle (3.2 seconds), as would a Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano (3.2 seconds), Corvette ZR1 (3.3 seconds), and Lexus LFA (3.8 seconds, without launch control).

To further put things into perspective, we dove into our database and picked out some significant contenders:

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The GT-R's 0-60 mph time is also more than a half-second faster than the model it replaces, which was no slouch to begin with (3.5 seconds). That gap lessens when compared to the first US-spec 2009 edition that had a harsh launch control system which held revs at a relatively high 4500 rpm and required traction control be turned off. Nowadays, the process is much simpler and easier on the entire drivetrain (launching occurs at 4000 rpm and utilizes softer, yet quicker gear actuations). After four consecutive launches, for example, the car's ECU restricts further acceleration runs to minimize wear and tear. Only after 1.5 miles are driven can the whole R Mode Start Function be repeated.

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