The 2012 Nissan GT-R is as fast as you can go for less than $100,000, period, end of sentence. It’s 530 horsepower, twin turbo V-6 can get you from 0 to sixty in under 3 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 196 miles per hour. It’ll run the quarter mile in 11.2 seconds at just over 123 miles per hour, which is fairly impressive for a car with a full factory warranty and a price tag below six figures (although just barely).
As good as the 2012 Nissan GT-R is, the 2013 is shaping up to be even better. Word from Europe, where a press event recently unveiled rough 2013 model year specs, is to expect a gain of “at least” 40 horsepower, which would push Godzilla up to 570 horsepower. There are suspension and transmission logic tweaks as well, which should help to drop lap times, and the 2013 GT-R will produce less CO2 emissions. Expect the revised GT-R to attempt a record Nürburgring Nordschleife lap sometime next month, too.
Look for a “Track Edition” GT-R, too – just not in the United States. The Track Editions is said to be right-hand-drive only, and will come with lots of carbon-fiber parts and Dunlop racing slicks mounted to ultra-light Volk wheels. It won’t be street-legal, but it will certainly be faster than a stock 2013 GT-R.