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Nissan GT-R
Nissan GT-R
Most Americans have never heard of a car called the Nissan GT-R or, as it's known outside the U.S., the Skyline GT-R.

In Japan, the GT-R is Nissan's Dodge Viper or Chevrolet Corvette. It's the company's hot performance halo car.

Unlike those cars, though, the GT-R offers seating for four. There's enough trunk space for two small suitcases.

The new version, which comes to the states this summer, is powered by a 480-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V6. Instead of a stick-shift transmission, the GT-R has a paddle-shifted twin-clutch automatic. Twin-clutch automatics operate in a way that's mechanically similar to a manual transmission, except that there are two clutches: One opens as the other closes for immediate gear shifts.

Prices for the GT-R will start at $69,850.


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