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)
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.
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?