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Godzilla's Hungry: Feed Him 570 Horses

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On: Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 12:08PM | By: Chris Weiss

Godzilla's Hungry: Feed Him 570 Horses

The Nissan GT-R may very well be the best bang-for-the-buck supercar of its generation. The 2012 GT-R screams off the line and hits 62 mph in three seconds flat, barely losing out to the $380,000 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 (2.9 seconds), despite its $90,000 price tag. That's a lot of performance for not that much coin.

If new reports turn out to be accurate, Nissan plans to up only the GT-R's value, boosting horsepower by 40-hp in the 2013 model.

The Nissan GT-R already benefited from a recent output boost; between 2011 and 2012 model years, it leapt from 485 hp to 530 hp. Word is that Nissan plans a similar jump between the 2011 and 2012 model years, boosting output on up to 570 horses, though the final number has yet to be announced. That puts it in the conversation with cars like the Ferrari 458 and Lamborghini Gallardo in terms of horses.

In order to make the best use of all those horsies, Nissan will upgrade the underside aerodynamics and retune the transmission and suspension. Despite the increased output, it will also lower emissions. A Track Edition is planned, but only for markets outside the U.S.

The 2013 GT-R won't look any different from the 2012 model.

All that is according to Internet rumor originating on NAGTROC.org forums. According to the post, Nissan detailed these updates at a press conference in Germany this past weekend. Nissan reportedly debuted the 2013 GT-R at the event and gave the juicy details.

Nissan is expected to put its upgraded GT-R to the test at Nurburgring sometime next month.


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