For the record, Kazutoshi Mizuno carries the official title of Chief Vehicle Engineer of the sports car. To many enthusiasts of this turbocharged and all-wheel-drive performance icon, he's better known as the "Godfather of the GT-R." In this video, Mizuno explains some of the reasoning behind the Japanese company's extensive testing regime at the world famous racetrack in Germany. "When we go to Nu rburgring, we test drive the car over 3,000 kilometer, about the same as driving 400,000 kilometers on public roads twice a year," Mizuno explained. "So, this year our themes were enhanced quality and consistent upgrades, and by testing in Germany we can achieve both aims."
One interesting option added to the 2013 GT-R is a "more fashionable" cabin trim, featuring amber-red leather on the dash and seats. This is apparently a move to target women and older buyers who, we're guessing, might have been turned off by a car nicknamed "Godzilla." The jury is still out as to whether some fancy hide can shake off the car's city-gobbling, super-lizard image.