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Nissan GT-R $70,000

AutoWeek
GT-Rrrrrrr! Nissan’s “world-class supercar” comes equipped with a twin-turbo, front-mounted V6 that drives all four wheels on a rear-mounted transaxle. “Take a breath. Okay, continue.” This dual-clutch six-speeder can also be operated using paddles on the steering wheel. The GT-R may just possibly be better than the iconic Porsche 911 Turbo.

Car & Driver
This 480-hp supercar promises to hit 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and has a top speed in “the neighborhood of 190 mph.” A sensor in the rear-wheel system instantly transfers torque from side to side as necessary, and an “intriguing touch” is the addition of Bridgestone run-flat tires filled with nitrogen—“an old racing trick.”

Newsday
Nissan’s supersecret supercar, designed to go head-to-head with the 911
Turbo and the Corvette Z06, was developed over six years by a hand-picked team of engineers working like mad scientists. Even senior executives “were not allowed to inspect the work.” Each engine is handmade, and only
about 12,000 GT-Rs will be produced each year.

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