2012 Nissan GT-R: Faster Than Porsche and Ferrari

2011 Nissan GT-R

Getting from 0-60 miles per hour in under 3 seconds requires a sophisticated formula of carefully calibrated horsepower, torque and shift speeds to overcome the slowing effects of drag. In most cases, its a formula that translates to a price of hundreds of thousands of dollars. (I’m talkin’ to you, mister $200,000+ McLaren MP4-12C)

Nissan has flipped that notion on its head and wedged all the right stuff into its sub-$90,000 2012 GT-R.

Keep reading for all the specs, and to see how the new Godzilla compares against cars like the Porsche 911 Turbo S and Ferrari 458 Italia.

Accelerating to 60 miles per hour in 3 seconds isn’t just fast. It’s more like sickening-punch-to-the-gut fast. It’s an adrenaline rush typically reserved for the ultra-rich, race car drivers and the occasional lucky auto blogger.

Now Nissan has figured out how to bring the experience to any average Joe, assuming that Joe happens to have an extra 90 grand sitting around. Nissan’s formula? Exactly 530 horsepower and 448 pound-feet of torque, coupled to an all-wheel-drive system and controlled through a dual-clutch transmission.

Those numbers are good enough for 0-60 in 2.9 seconds and 0-62 in 3 flat.

Porsche 911 Turbo S

By comparison, the 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S uses a twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve flat-6 to also produce 530 horses, and 516 pound-feet of torque, to hit 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and 62 in 3.2, all for a cost of around $170,000.

The Ferrari 458 Italia uses a 4.5-liter V8 to produce 570 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque, good for a 0-62 sprint of about 3.4 seconds. You’re looking at around $250K to bring home the prancing horse.

The 2011 Corvette ZR1 might be the closest competition in terms of price. Starting at around $111,000, it pumps out 638-hp and scoots to 60 in 3.4 seconds.

It’s hard to argue with the GT-R’s screaming performance and relatively low price. But would you buy one over the pricier competition?


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  1. I drive a GTR. It’s a crazy vehicle for the price. And the handling, wow it’s just an incredible machine. Yes it lacks the sophistication and ride comfort of the Euros I have owned previously but I drive for fun and it delivers that in spades.

  2. Datsun GTR the Porsche Killer as known in Malaysia/Singapore…infact it kills ALL supercars they say…here people worship Jap machines….the moment they buy GTR , they send the Godzilla to the mod shop, raise the power by 200bhp then call ‘standard’ lambo/porsche/ferrari for race from one traffic light to another (esp singapore-no place to run)…when they beat the standard NA’s with their twin -turbos/modded engine , they say the Italian/Germans make junks……they feel great! They think they drive the best car in the world…..Amazing thinking.

  3. now down to 22 nationwide! yes! 22!…NATIONWIDE!,…this puppy is dead, with sales numbers like that!,…oh yeah,…everyones waiting to buy the newwest iteration,…yeah, RIGHT!,…dream on,…this thing is so not going to be made much longer,…they’ll have a tiny blip up of sales,…then back down to practically nothing,…sorry nissan!

  4. hate to dissapoint all the nissan gtr fan-bois out there,…but the time that this article quotes as the 0-60 time for the 911 turbo s is WAY off!,…all magazine articles i’ve read about the turbo s put that 0-60 at 2.7-2.6,… very very fast,…so fast, they are calling the turbo s a “baby veyron” for christ’s sake!,…porsche learned their lesson the hard way,…and i doubt they will ever again let their “top dog” be bested by a car costing signifigantly less,…namely the gtr,…so you won’t again see a gtr beating porsches super car ever again,…they have too much to lose,…and oh,…by the way,…NO ONE IS BUYING THESE GTR’S!,…they now sell 46 a month nationwide,…versus 500 for the 911

  5. @ panayoti

    @ randy
    Randy and Panayoti-
    I always enjoy your comments, rather they are ribbing us, disagreeing with us, offering another viewpoint or commending us.
    I think our demographic is simply people who love cars. From my experience, people who are into cars typically like to fantasize about spending big bucks on them, even if most of us actually run around town in $14,000 Suzukis. I certainly enjoy reading about, writing about and thinking about the high dollar machines, and try to balance my topics somewhere between fantasy-land and real life. Again, your comments and suggestions are appreciated and a big thank you for taking the time to read, and comment on, what we spend so much time researching and writing.

  6. Randy, you’ve said what I’ve wanted to say for a long time. I’m curious as to whom the Gurus think is their demographic. They, like all the remaining car mags, still believe that speed is the only consideration we car nuts consider. They must think that we stay up at night, tossing around, just thinking of how to spend the hundreds of thousands on cars that can’t be driven safely on our roads and that insurance companies detest insuring (to our detriment).

    I just wish they would refocus their time energy on cars that the public buys, not the ones that the Gurus think will get our juices flowing. I would also wish that they refocus their time and energy on real cars rather than pie-in-the-sky “Green” vehicles that cost unthinking consumers thousands more in the long run compared to their conventionally powered counterparts and to “sardine cans” that nobody wants for their families.

    That having been said, the Gurus offer practical and useful information geared to the consumer and car buyer. Their Cargurus car comparisons, used car searches, and Cargurus tools are invaluable to car buyers looking to not get screwed. Now they are offering a free “sell your car’ section which is unheard of in this cut throat world. For that, I congratulate and thank them for their service. Putting out a different blog 6 days a week is more than difficult and these guys do a fantastic job of providing content. As mentioned above, I believe the content could be improved if they simply focused on down-to-earth issues rather than the fantasy world of images and sensations that they seem captivated by. Just one man’s opinion.

  7. If you think $90,000 is a relatively “low” price, you’ve been breathing at the wrong end of the car. Around here, that will buy you a pretty nice house AND a car to park in the driveway.

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