2012 Nissan GT-R: 0-60 MPH In 2.9 Seconds

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The 2012 Nissan GT-R will rip off a 0-to-60 mph run in an astounding 2.9 seconds, according to a company test at Japan's Senda Hi-Land raceway. The outgoing GT-R? 3.3 seconds.

To put the sub 3.0-second numbers into context, this is on par with the Gumpert Apollo Sport and faster than the Koenigsegg CCXR and Ferrari F430 Scuderia. Credit the car's horsepower boost and more revisions to the magical launch control that combine to launch Godzilla with such ferocity... and hopefully with less warranty-voiding problems.


[Nissan via World Car Fans]

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I am highly skeptical of this, for a number of reasons:

1) Other than the loss of launch mode and the addition of LED accent lights, nothing on the GT-R has changed.

2) If the Bugatti Veyron, a $2,000,000 hypercar requires a 1,001 hp quad-turbocharged W16 with a seven-speed gearbox to achieve that performance, how is a GT-R, which is down a gear and over 500hp, able to do that?

3) Aerodynamics. While the GT-R possesses better aerodynamic qualities than bricks like the Camaro, that's not saying much, and the GT-R is far from the most aerodynamically efficient performance car out there.

4) Speaking of bricks, have you seen how much the GT-R weighs? Its power-to-weight ratio seems a little low to be able to manage that kind of acceleration.

Even two years after its release, I still think that there is something a little fishy about Nissan's claims with the GT-R. The 2008-2011 cars were, without question, able to live up to their performance claims (barring that mysterious, unrepeatable 'ring time), and I don't question that. I do, however, think Nissan is intentionally underrating the engine, and I also think that they lose money on every one that they sell.