Nissan GT-R
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Overall: In Nissan’s words, the GT-R is “the purest, most passionate expression of the Nissan brand”. And with gobs of pavement-devouring horsepower at the ready, who would argue with that?

Drivetrain: Twin-turbocharged V6 produces 545 horsepower in “regular” GT-R, but boosted even further to 600 horses in the NISMO; a six-speed automated manual transmission is responsible for the sub-three-second zero-to-60-mph times.

Since its 2007-model-year-debut, the GT-R has undergone almost constant change, mostly in the form of incremental horsepower gains. This time around, “Godzilla” — as its fans affectionately call the GT-R — takes a bit of a breather. Not to worry, though, Nissan’s amazing super coupe can more than keep up with Ferraris, Porsches, Lamborghinis and others costing significantly more than the car’s low-$100,000 base sticker price. For its last 2015 model-year updating, The GT-R received updated LED headlights and changes to the sheetmetal and front and rear fascias. Minor suspension changes focused on improving ride and handling. The 20-inch Rays-brand wheels that the GT-R wears are light and rigid and the accompanying Dunlop tires are made using a compound that extends tread life and improves ride comfort. Engine output remains at 545 horsepower and 463 pound-feet of torque. Little has changed with the six-speed automated manual transmission that’s located at the rear of the car along with the transfer case for the continuously variable all-wheel-drive system. Nissan claims a zero-to-60-mph time of a mere 2.9 seconds by using the launch control that electronically limits wheel spin to achieve the quickest acceleration. One of the coolest GT-R iterations is the Black Edition (oddly, available in a variety of colors) that gets a hand-made “dry” (matte finish) carbon-fiber rear spoiler in addition to the unique leather interior trim and painted black wheels. Moving up to the NISMO gets you a nice, round 600 horsepower from the same engine, along with more aggressive suspension settings, brake-cooling ducts, a larger front spoiler and standalone rear spoiler. Oh, and more body pieces are made of carbon fiber, to make it the lightest and fastest GT-R ever. Joining it is a 45th Anniversary Gold Edition GT-R with special gold paint. Just 30 will be produced at $105,000 a copy.

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