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ENJOY POWER-AT-ALL-TIMES IN SUPERCAR NISSAN GT-R

By NITISH S. RELE - motoringtampabay@gmail.com
Back in 2009, when the supercar debuted, base price was just $76,840 and horsepower topped 480. Forget those days, as they say. The 2016 Nissan GT-R Premium comes at a hefty $101,770 and though retaining the 3.8-liter V-6 twin-turbo engine, it blasts off 545 hp (up by 5 from its predecessor) @ 6400 rpm and 463 pounds-feet of torque @ 3200-5800 rpm. The 6-speed dual-clutch auto gearbox with normal, R and Save modes, all-wheel drive and 20-inch wheels are still standard. And the beast accomplishes 0 to 60 mph in a little over 3 seconds. Suspension handled via an independent double wishbone aluminum front and multilink aluminum rear works superbly to absorb unpleasant bumps and sudden sharp turns and curves.
With its large hood bulge converging on to LED headlights and daytime running lights and dark-gray grille, the 2 + 2 coupe displays a daunting but prominent stance. Also exquisite are front fender vents with GT-R emblems, body-color bumpers, four-ring tail lamps, top spoiler-mounted LEDs and quad exhaust tips. Flush-mounted aluminum door handles may prove to be a challenge initially. As expected of any wickedly fast car, the tachometer is located in the center with the 220-mph speedometer to its left and a gear display on the upper right corner. Switches in the center of the instrument panel assist the driver in configuring transmission, suspension and Vehicle Dynamic Control modes. Other standard goodies include an eight-way power driver and four-way front-passenger seat, 11-speaker Bose audio system, 7-inch display for navigation, audio, phone controlled by a touch pad, dual-zone auto climate control, carbon-fiber trim, tilt/telescopic steering column and console-mounted push start button.
Dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag, four-wheel antilock brakes with electronic brake distribution, vehicle dynamic and traction control, front seatbelts with pretensioners, rearview monitor, rear/front crumple zones, tire pressure monitoring system and daytime running lights are standard.
Indisputably, the GT-R is a supercar. With a power-at-all-times engine and graceful styling inside and out, this high-end sports car speaks for itself. All one needs now to fulfill that ultimate dream is arrange for $100,000 and spare change. 

GT-R (PREMIUM)
Tires: 255/40ZRF20 front; 28535ZRF20 rear
Wheelbase: 109.4 inches
Length: 183.8 inches
Weight: 3,922 pounds
Fuel capacity: 19.5 gallons
City: 16 mpg
Highway: 22 mpg
Web site: www.nissannews.com

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