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2010 Nissan GT-R – Click above to enlarge

Supercars have always existed to keep our passion for automobiles on constant boil, and supercars that don't crest the six-figure mark are the best kind. They're almost attainable. The Nissan GT-R remains that way for 2010 with a price bump to help pay for a few upgrades from the factory. The base model will begin at $80,790 and the Premium model at $83,040. According to Edmunds.com, the new MSRPs are both $3,950 more than what you would pay for a 2009 model.

What does an extra four grand get you? A lot actually, not the least of which is a 5-horsepower bump for the twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6, which nets a new grand total of 485 hp. Other additions include a retuned suspension with redesigned Bilstein shocks, an upgraded braking system with more rigid brake lines, standard front seat- and roof-mounted side curtain airbags for the base GT-R model, standard wheels for the GT-R with a darker finish and "near-black" metallic wheels for the Premium model. A new color is also available, Pearl White, and you get a polished front bumper now when ordering your car in Super Silver.

Oh, and there's one more thing: Nissan has given the GT-R new Transmission Control Module programming. The new code is said to increase durability and drop acceleration times with the Vehicle Dynamic Control activated. It should also put an end to concerns about damaging the transmission by using the vehicle's Launch Control with VDC turned off. Preliminary reports indicate that the 2010 GT-R is still faster than all get out with the new programming.

[Source: Nissan]




FRANKLIN, Tenn. (March 16, 2009) – March may be the month known for madness, lions and lambs, but at Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA), the biggest roar is coming from the early introduction of the new 2010 Nissan GT-R supercar, including a number of important enhancements. Specifically, five additional horsepower, a revised suspension, updated wheel finishes and standard front seat- and roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags.

First introduced in the United States in July 2008, the Nissan GT-R earned near universal acclaim, including being named Motor Trend "2009 Car of the Year," Automobile magazine's 2009 "Automobile of the Year", and winning Kelly Blue Book's "2009 Best Resale Value Award."

For 2010, the horsepower rating of the GT-R's 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine has increased to 485 hp (from 480 hp) and the car's high-performance, 6-speed, dual-clutch transmission receives new Transmission Control Module (TCM) programming designed to optimize clutch engagement for improved drivability, and improve vehicle acceleration with the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) on (activated). In addition, the braking system has been updated with more rigid brake lines for improved durability, and the brake calipers now carry both the Brembo and Nissan logos. Finally, the GT-R's state-of-the-art suspension has been retuned with redesigned Bilsteinâ shocks with a new valve body design and revised spring and damper rates.

The base GT-R model is now equipped with slightly darker, high-luster, smoke finish for the 20-inch RAYS forged aluminum-alloy wheels, while a new "near-black" metallic wheel finish is standard on the Premium model. For 2010, one new color – Pearl White – is offered, while the Super Silver exterior color has been enhanced to include a polished front bumper.

For 2010, the Nissan GT-R will again be offered in two models – GT-R and GT-R Premium. All 2010 Nissan GT-Rs are equipped with a standard 3.8-liter twin turbo V6 backed by an advanced paddle-shifted, dual clutch rear transmission and a world's first independent rear transaxle ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system. The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)* is $80,790 for the GT-R, and $83,040 for the GT-R Premium model. Destination & Handling (D&H) is $1,000.

Two options and two accessories are available for the 2010 GT-R: The Cold Weather Package (no charge); Special Super Silver Paint ($3,000); iPodâ Converter ($400); and carpeted GT-R floor mats ($280). Complete pricing information is available on the attached sheet.

The 2010 GT-R will be available only through officially certified Nissan retailers that have met a number of strict sales, service and facility commitments, including dedicating a master technician to GT-R service, on March 21, 2009. A complete listing of the nearly 700 GT-R Certified Nissan dealers is available to consumers on NissanUSA.com.

In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010, whose key priorities are reducing CO2 emissions, cutting other emissions and increasing recycling. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com.

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* MSRP excludes applicable tax, title and license fees. Dealer sets actual price. Prices and specs are subject to change without notice.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      A little pricier, but still worth every penny IMO. You get what you pay for... and then some. I always intended to get one of these, and this slight bump in msrp won't be a deterrent.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually, it wasn't. At it's original MSRP, the car was a steal to begin with. Then with the first round of modifications, plus the cost of steel, plastic and carbon fiber going up, the $7K bump didn't faze me one bit. Now, with this latest round of mods plus silly things going on with the exchange rate, this price hike is still reasonable, and like I said, to me it's still worth every penny. Also, it's a limited numbers car so bearing that in mind I wouldn't expect the values to be headed too far south anytime soon, in case i want to get rid of it eventually.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Was the previous MSRP bump of $7000+ a deterrent? It's now over $10,000 more than when it was first released, less than 9 months ago. Better not wait much longer...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Im all for the changes with exception to the airbags. The car is heavy enough. Its not like the airbags are going to lower the astronomical insurance rates either. Im sick of safety features weighing cars down.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Adam Marcello: Just out of curiosity, I decided to go and find out how much airbags really weigh. With 2006 technology, a typical steering-wheel airbag is only 3 lbs. If a sports car (or any vehicle) is so overweight that it cannot afford the extra weight of airbags, then the problem is not with the airbags.

        Ward's AutoWorld, 2006: "...airbag systems... steering-wheel-mounted unit... weighs only 3 lbs..."
        • 6 Years Ago
        I wonder what compels them to make these kind of changes. Consumer feedback? Marketing? I'd be happier without the side airbags and save money.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll buy one used instead in a few years
      • 6 Years Ago
      $3,950 more? Well now I cant afford it!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not bad at all for what you get. I seriously want to get one of these in the next few years. Seems like a great car. Nissan is doing pretty good for its self.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The price keeps rising, which is disconcerting. That ugly front end keeps from really liking it. Like the darker wheels though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Amost super car with cheap price.

      "almost same with EU and US super car, cheap price"
      It is still Japanese car's motto.

        • 6 Years Ago
        "Oh, isn't it true?"

        In some cases maybe yes, in case of GT-R definitely not.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Rar ssi:
        Why have you changed your nick from ZIP and still making nonsense and hating comments?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh, isn't it true?
        This 'Cheap' Price nearly super car.

        This is Japanese motto.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I quite like the way they keep this car always current whereas many performance cars don't get such frequent updates/facelifts. GT-R 1.2, anyone?
        • 6 Years Ago
        More like GT-R 6.2. ;)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not too shabby at all.
      • 6 Years Ago
      POS...& Fugly!
      • 6 Years Ago
      While they were a bit slow - I am glad Nissan finally addressed the transmission 'issues'. This is a car I want to like, and now I really can now that they are standing behind it. It would still be nice if you could have the Infiniti dealer service the car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well -- to each their own.

      I'm guessing you won't be able to get out the door for less than 90K with taxes, fees, and all that crap thrown in.

      I paid 68 out the door for an 08 Z06 - 20K in work would put me above ZR-1 territory, but I'm just rambling because I know stock vs modded is a stupid argument.

      I guess dollar for dollar it's an "alright" deal -- but by no means the best out there. If I just happened to have an extra 90K laying around after I had my other dreams cars I'd buy one, just so I can drive around town and watch the playstation generation jizz in their pants (joke from SNL)

        • 6 Years Ago
        I think the Z06 has regained the Price bargain performance category once again. I think the GTR seems to have increased like 10k since inception already..

        The Z06 ;s for under 70k are bargains.

        Before people start saying that the GTR beats cars 3-4 times it price..its true.. but the cars they beat aren't there just for speed.

        It's like saying STI's beat Porsches 3-4 times their price. It's a stupid argument.

        Standard Corvettes Beat Porche 911's.

        GTR's are still a great performance/value ratio but I saw one the other day and nothing "popped" at me. I wasn't excited to see it. An R8, while it has no torque, I would be happy to see.

        A Ferrari is very nice, Porsche Turbo (while very common) is menacing looking.
        • 6 Years Ago
        A car that will run with and beat cars 3-4 times it's price an "ok" deal? OK

        I love the Z06 too, but hey, I'm a Nissan guy and I love the GT-R
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