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2012 Nissan GT-R Tops $90,000

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On: Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 10:39AM | By: Chris Weiss

2012 Nissan GT-R Tops $90,000

The Nissan GT-R has proven one of the greatest bang-for-the-buck supercars of all time. Sure, it's not as exotic or sexy as a Lamborghini, Ferrari or even Porsche, but with a 3.5-second 0-to-60 mph time and a top speed of 193 mph, the car lets you perform with the big boys while spending well under $100K.

While it's still a great deal pound for pound, the GT-R has been slipping ever closer to the $100K mark. When it was introduced in 2008, the model cost just under $70,000 and it's slowly creeped up to over $85K for the 2011 model year. Nissan announced 2012 GT-R pricing and the model is now officially over $90K. But given that the car is in a class by itself, the GT-R remains one of the best deals in the sports car market. And when Nissan releases performance specs, it may get even better.

The official base price of the 2012 GT-R is $90,950 (with $1,000 destination fee) a solid leap over the $85,060 base price of the 2011 model. But, as we detailed last month, the 2012 model has undergone a solid redesign. The twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 engine gets a boost from 485 hp to 523 hp and the front fascia gets some slight aerodynamic modifications and LED running lights. Torque is also upped to 488 lb-ft (from 434). The suspension is tuned for better handling; the launch control system has been updated; and Nissan also uses better brakes for the new model. It also gets 20-inch wheels and carbon fiber trim around the interior. Two new colors are now offered to buyers: Meteo Flake Black Pearl and Aurora Flare Blue Pearl.

Nissan hasn't released the hard performance specs on the GT-R but indications from its track testing suggest that it could move beyond supercar status into $90,000 hypercar territory. Some video released last week shows acceleration testing bringing home a 0-to-62 mph time barely exceeding the 3-second mark. And according to chief engineer Kazutoshi Mizuno, the track was cold and the GT-R should be capable of joining the likes of the Bugatti Veyron in sub-3-second territory. If so, the leap up to $90K will be looking much less significant.

Meanwhile, the Black Edition, which gets special RAYS rims, red and black interior trim and black Recaro seats will sell from $96,100.

Both trim levels will be making it to the U.S. market early next year and will be offered at select Nissan dealerships. The model made its debut at the LA Auto Show last week. You can check out video of the aforementioned acceleration testing below.

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