While most automakers would be satisfied with the 530 hp on tap in the 2012 Nissan GT-R, Nissan obviously isn’t like most automakers—which explains why the company once again upped the output of the GT-R’s twin-turbo V6 for the 2013 model year, and also made numerous other performance-enhancing changes as well.
Of course, that really shouldn’t be much of a surprise. In just the past three model years alone, the GT-R’s output has grown from 485 hp and 434 lb.-ft. of torque in 2011, to 530/448 in the 2012 model, and now 545/463 for the 2013 car. This latest power boost reflects a significant effort from Nissan engineers to improve the engine’s breathing, and they also worked to ensure drivers could make the most of that power by retuning the car’s suspension and improving the shift feel of its advanced six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Other new standard features for 2013 include a navigation system, high-performance differential oil, a rear-view monitor, enhanced interior lighting and, on the GT-R Black Edition, a handmade dry-carbon rear spoiler.