Most fascinating sports car of 2013: Nissan GT-R Nismo

Did Nissan really need to build a Nismo version of its all-conquering GT-R? Able to launch from zero to 60mph in 2.7 seconds and punch through the air at close to 200mph, the standard-issue car is anything but standard.

Yet Nissan went ahead and made a GT-R Nismo anyway – faster, lighter and more fearsome. And it is a stunner.

Fascinating Cars of 2013

Editor Matthew Phenix and deputy editor Jonathan Schultz revisited the most fascinating cars of the year. Click here for a full list of honorees.

Horsepower jumps from 545 to 600, and the aforementioned sprint to 60mph now happens in two seconds flat – allowing the car to show its taillights to even the vaunted Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.

At this writing, Nissan has not announced pricing, but even if the 2015 GT-R Nismo commands $150,000, this ultimate Nissan will stand as the ultimate sports-car bargain.

Second Opinion

Its single-clutch automatic transmission is about as buttery as a loofah sponge, yet the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S succeeds – particularly on a track – by being what a sports car should be: involving, beautiful, uncompromised and ever so slightly unhinged.  – Jonathan Schultz