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The 2012 Nissan GT-R goes 0-60 in 2.9 seconds

Nissan introduced the 2012 GT-R at the 2010 LA Auto Show, packing 45 more horsepower and a handful of subtle physical refinements but today they announced even bigger news – the 2012 GT-R can rip from 0-60mph in just 2.9 seconds.

Items like the new front fascia, rear diffuser, and added underbody trays will help make the 2012 Nissan GT-R an all-around better supercar and we can surely expect the new GT-R to take its shot at the Nürburgring record soon but the additional horsepower mater to the dual-clutch transmission and advanced all wheel drive system allow the new Nissan to offer 0-60 times few cars available in the US can touch.

Click here for a look at the 2012 Nissan GT-R at the 2010 LA Auto Show.

The Bugatti Veyron dashes from 0-60 in roughly 2.5 seconds with a 16-cylinder, quad turbo setup that puts out over 1000 horsepower – the 2012 Nissan GT-R hits 60 in just 2.9 seconds with a twin turbo V6, making use of all 530hp and 488lb-ft of torque as it moves out. Also, the 2012 GT-R comes with a price of just $89,950 USD where the Veyron will set you back a cool $1.5 million.

While comparing the 2012 GT-R to the Veyron may be a little far-fetched, the Corvette ZR-1 and Dodge Viper ACR are more likely competitors to the Nissan on the track and on the street. The ZR-1 uses a supercharged V8 to hit 60mph in just 3.3 seconds and the Viper, while holding the record for a factory production street-legal car at the Nürburgring, gets to 60 in just 3.6 seconds. This gives the Japanese AWD supercar an advantage in the short distances and price, as the Viper ACR and Corvette ZR1 will both set you back around $100k ($98k for the Viper, $103k for the ZR1).

These are mighty fine 0-60 times for the 2012 Nissan GT-R but the supercar world is more than just a good launch…will the extra power and physical changes be enough to best the Viper around the world’s most famous road course? Considering that Nissan is obviously doing some high performance testing already, it is only a matter of time before they hit “the Ring” with the 2012 GT-R and the new GT-R needs to cut just 2.13 seconds from its previous best to beat the mighty Viper.

Click here for a closer look at the 2012 Nissan GT-R supercar courtesy of HighHorsepowerPhotography!