2012 Nissan GT-R review: Already gone
In addition to the g-force readouts I mentioned, there are customizable screens so owners can pick what they want to monitor.

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.

My only concern was the lack of a head-up display or larger digital speed display in the gauge cluster. One is available, but only as part of the trip computer -- a small readout wedged under the tachometer. So instead of seeing the average mileage -- mine was about 13 mpg -- you could see your current speed.

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.

Safety

The 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 market

The 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.

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Starting 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