Nissan GT-R

Nissan GT-R

Few mainstream manufacturers support a super car, but in the Nissan GT-R we have an important exception.

Nissan GT-R Overview

Long withheld from the U.S. market, the Nissan GT-R was finally introduced in 2009. This high-performance 2+2 sport coupe is affectionately known as “Godzilla” to its adoring fans.

The Nissan GT-R comes in four trim levels: Premium, Black Edition, Track Edition and NISMO. All models are powered by 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine making 545 horsepower. In the NISMO, that engine has been tweaked to deliver an even 600 horsepower. A six-speed dual clutch automatic transmission is standard. Paddle shifters on the steering column operate the transmission in manual mode. This model is rated 16/23 mpg city/highway and takes premium grade gasoline.

The GT-R’s sleek and muscular body lines are accented by an aggressive grille that’s offset by oversized headlamp assemblies that contain lightning bolt LED lights. A second set of LED lights flanks the lower grille. Double aerodynamic fins, aero blade front fenders, a large hood bulge and a large central air intake are also present.

Airflow is managed by means of a functional carbon fiber underbody diffuser and the rear spoiler. This model has four oversized exhaust tips and comes with all-season, run-flat tires and aluminum-alloy forged wheels.

Inside, the GT-R’s cabin is best suited for two with the rear seats merely an afterthought. Unless the driver or front passenger is small, there is no amount of legroom available to make the rear seat an option for anyone except small children.

The front seats are exceptionally supportive and contoured to flow with the shape of the body to provide optimal comfort and reinforcement. This is especially desirable when operating the GT-R at breakneck speeds. Each model is outfitted with a sport steering wheel and an instrument panel with analog displays. The tachometer is the largest dial, affixed dead center for easy inspection.

The color display at the top of the center stack offers the usual audio and navigation information, but it goes beyond that to feature driver performance information. This model also has launch control, which enables the GT-R to attain its circa 3-second 0-to-60 mph time. Keep your head straight or be prepared to be outfitted with a neck brace.

The GT-R’s chief competitors are each more costly and include the Jaguar F-Type R, Porsche 911, Audi R8, Dodge SRT Viper and the Mercedes-AMG GT.