Also standard is an 11-speaker Bose stereo with a USB iPod input. I found the sound to be best with bass-heavy selections at high volumes. Clarity is not the system's strong suit.
When your eyes are peeled and fixed on the road as you accelerate, it would be helpful if you could check your speed without too much eye movement.
Rated at just 8.8 cubic feet of cargo volume, the trunk sounds small, measuring about the same as a Camaro convertible I recently tested that had one of the tightest confines I've ever seen. But, in fact, the GT-R's cargo hold seems rather cavernous and deep.
There's only one option package for the GT-R, for cold weather, and it includes all-season tires and a special coolant mix for extreme temperatures.
There's also a special Black Edition GT-R for those who don't think the base model is enough. It sports a black paint job, lightweight black wheels, and a red and black interior with a dark headliner. That will set you back an additional $5,150.
SafetyThe GT-R has not been crash-tested by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It features driver and front passenger frontal airbags, as well as seat-mounted side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags.
GT-R in the marketThe market for a car like the GT-R is small, reserved for certain ranks of Corvette and Porsche owners who opt for top trim levels with the most power. The Nissan's incredible performance and ease of use will make it a favorite of performance junkies, but it also serves as a terrific halo car for the brand.
SnapshoStarting MSRP $ 89,950$95,100
MPG City: 15 Highway: 21
Available Engines 530-hp, 3.8-liter V-6 (premium)
Transmissions 6-speed auto-shift manual w/OD and auto-manual
New or Notable Zero to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds 530-hp, twin-turbo V-6 Six-speed dual-clutch transmission All-wheel drive Antilock Brembo disc brakes
What We Like Distinctive looks Power specs Standard adaptive suspension Four-season potential
What We Don't Some interior materials No conventional stick shift