Motorsport Magazine lined up the McLaren MP4-12C, Porsche 991 Turbo S and Nissan GT-R for an all out 1000m drag race down an airstrip. While the 991 Turbo S and Nissan GT-R get a nice AWD jump off the line, the McLaren ends up screaming past both of them with ease.
Information on the upcoming 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo has leaked out and while the specs look great, the pricing might have gone a bit out of control. Power from the 3.8L V6 Twin Turbo has been increased to 595 horsepower and 480 ft-lbs of torque due to larger turbochargers, a revised intake manifold along with an updated exhaust system. The only performance spec to be leaked so far is the Nürburgring time of just 7:08.
Of course there is host of aero enhancements to go along with the Nismo package and all of this comes at what looks like a significant price increase over a standard GT-R at close to $150,000.00. More details should arise in the next few days as the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show gets underway.
AMS Performance out of Chicago set a world record for the quickest and fastest Nissan GT-R with their Alpha Omega shop car. With a specially built 4.0L motor, monster size turbos pushing 42 psi along with a host of other AMS parts, this monster GT-R with 1,800+ horsepower became the first GT-R to dip in the 7′s with a 7.984 @ 186.14 MPH.
Some other stats from the pass were 0-60 MPH in just 1.72 seconds and a 60-130 time if 2.67 seconds. Check out the timeslip, pictures and video below. If your ready to join this exclusive fraternity head on over to AMS Performance with your GT-R and a large checkbook to start the pledge process!
Ebay Motors is giving away a brand new 2013 Nissan GT-R to a lucky person who adds their car to their eBay garage. With 545 horsepower and 0-60 in just 2.8 seconds, the Nissan GT-R is the ultimate stoplight killer! Entering just takes a few seconds. Enter now and let’s see who wins on July 4th, 2013!
We did some more testing with the McLaren MP4-12C in an attempt to get the best 0-60 MPH time we could on the street with street tires. The McLaren’s launch control system along with it’s 7 speed SSG transmission does a great job putting down the 3.8L V8 Twin Turbo’s 616HP to the ground.
With just a slight hint of wheel spin from the stop, the McLaren rockets ahead hitting 60 MPH in 2.8 seconds and 100 MPH in just 6 seconds flat as per the in car VBOX. Tires on the McLaren were street legal Toyo R888′s which are the same compound and tread wear rating as the Pirelli Corsa’s that are available on the McLaren from the factory.
This 0-60 MPH time matches the 2012 Nissan GT-R we tested with it’s advanced AWD systems and brutal 4,100 RPM launch control. Having tested both cars, the MP4-12C’s launch control feels much easier and less abusive than the GT-R. By looking at the VBOX graph below you can see why, the Nissan GT-R comes off the line super hard with a peak of 1.13 G, while the McLaren MP4-12C comes out softer at .98 G. About 2 seconds into the run you can see the tides turn with the McLaren’s G forces staying higher while the Nissan’s drop.
The lines intersect at 60MPH and from there on the McLaren continues on hitting 100 MPH a full second before the Nissan. It should be noted that this graph does not account for the normal 1 foot roll out, which is why the 0-60 times in the graph are at 3 seconds instead of 2.8 seconds. There is a new player in off the line acceleration even without AWD, Aventadors, 911 Turbos and GT-Rs beware. Check out the graph and videos below!
We are continuing on with our testing of the 2013 Nissan GT-R, back in March we ran some initial tests where the car ran 11.01 @ 123.18 MPH, then in April with a little better weather we were the first to run a bone stock Nissan GT-R in the 10′s running 10.87 @ 125.26 MPH.
We wanted to see what some minor modifications would do to enhance the performance of the GT-R and we started by adding an AAM Resonated Midpipe. The AAM Resonated Midpipe is made of 6-gauge T-304 stainless steel, saves 12.4 pounds vs the stock piece and enhances the sound and exhaust flow of the car . Installation was very easy, taking less than hour. We dropped the stock piece by removing 4 nuts, replaced the gaskets with the ones provided by AAM and bolted up the new one.
Next we got our hands on a Cobb AP and headed up to see Jack at HPLogic for some dyno testing. Jack installed the Cobb AP along with a custom tune. Since we were heading to the track after the dyno session and wanted the best ET possible, we decided to dial back the mid-range torque with the hopes to keep the GT-R from spinning on the launch. The car put down 509 awhp and 516 ft-lbs of torque on HPLogic’s Mustang dyno. This is around a 40 horsepower peak increase with a 90 horsepower pickup in the mid-range.
Weather was looking pretty bad with outer bands from Hurricane Sandy coming our way and a DA (Density Altitude) of 1850 feet, but we made it to track and were able to get a couple of runs in before the rain came in. A combination of mediocre track prep and new found power/torque had us spinning at the top of 1st gear but we were still able to put down some decent 60′ times in the low-mid 1.6x range. We ended up with a 10.67 @ 128.89 MPH and a 10.73 @ 129.2 MPH. With some better weather and good track prep we’re confident we’ll get this car to run in the 10.5′s.
Here is a great race between the all new 2013 BMW M5 powered by the 4.4L TwinPower Turbo V8 making 560HP through a 7 speed dual clutch transmission vs a stock 2009 Nissan GT-R powered by a 3.8L V6 Twin Turbo putting out 485HP through a 6 speed dual clutch transmission.
The new M5 put up a good fight matching the GT-R from a slow roll to over 160MPH, luckily for the M5 they didn’t race from a dead stop where the GT-R’s all wheel drive system would have left the BMW way behind spinning the tires.
We took our new 2013 Nissan GT-R that we tested a month ago back to Palm Beach International Raceway for some more testing. With better weather and some more miles on the car we were able to consistently run well into the 10′s with Nissan’s latest and greatest. The quickest run of the night was a 10.87 @ 125.26 MPH with 0-60 MPH coming up in just 2.7 seconds and a 60-130 MPH time of 8.89 seconds (VBOX). Peak G forces on the launch were 1.3 G’s.
The little extra power and torque of the 2013 Nissan GT-R along with the updated LC5 Launch Control system clearly shows when compared against the 2012 we tested last year which had a best time of 11.07 @ 124 MPH. Take a look at the timeslips, pictures and video below.
We had some time with the brand new 2013 Nissan GT-R and ran it through some dyno and drag racing tests to get some real world data Nissan’s latest version of it’s flagship car. For 2013 the Nissan GT-R was updated a host of minor enhancements. Power from the 3.8L V6 Twin Turbo was increased 15HP and 15 ft-lbs of torque over the 2012 model with a total of 545 HP and 463 ft-lbs of torque. Additional features for the 2013 model year include upgrades to the DCT transmission as well as suspension. While the list of 2013 changes is small the bump in price was huge, increasing over $6,000 from the 2012. Our test car was the Solid Red Premium Model with a MSRP of $98,100.
First stop was over at at HP Logic in West Palm Beach, FL to get some baseline dyno numbers for the 2013 Nissan GT-R and compare it against the 2012 we tested last year. The 2013 Nissan GT-R showed a very modest increase in power with 480 horsepower and 430 ft-lbs of torque at all 4 wheels. This is a peak of 6 horsepower and 10 ft-lbs of torque increase over the 2012 GT-R we tested on the same dyno last year. There are larger increases in power and torque for the 2013 over the 2012 in the lower RPM’s as shown in the graph which contribute to the 2013′s harder launches and quicker 0-60 MPH times shown later.
After the dyno session we headed a few miles north to Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR) for their Test and Tune night where the weather was in the high 70′s with a Density Altitude (DA) hovering around 1,300 feet. For the first run down the track we engaged the R-Start Mode (AKA Launch Control) and left the transmission in Auto Shifting Mode. The car came off the line brutally hard with zero wheel spin and recorded a 60′ time of 1.61 seconds, but for some reason the car did not make the 1st to 2nd gear shift and the run was botched. We immediately brought the car back to the line and used Manual Shifting Mode and the same thing happened, after pulling an even better 60′ time of 1.60, when we pulled the (+) paddle at 6,900 RPM, the car hesitated on the shift.
Not sure what to do next, we let the car cool down and power cycled it a few times before trying again. We then tried Auto Shifting Mode again, and this time, as well as the rest of the night, the car shifted perfectly in both Auto and Manual modes. This run netted a slower 60′ time of 1.64 and finished the 1/4 mile at 11.01 @ 123.18 MPH. As the night went on and more cars started running the track prep deteriorated and the car started to slightly spin on the launch, thereby slowing down the times a bit from 11.04 to 11.1 with the highest trap speed coming in at 123.94 MPH. The 2012 we tested last year ran 11.07 @ 124.45 with a 1.64 60′ as well in slightly better weather with a DA of 1117 feet.
While we didn’t get the 2013 Nissan GT-R to break into the 10′s we’re very confident that car will dip into the high 10′s with better weather or one those hard launches we had at the beginning of the night with the car shifting properly. We’ll be trying again soon so keep checking back.