2019 GT-R New Car Test Drive
The 2019 Nissan GT-R might be the most underrated and overlooked supercar in the world, because it's the least dramatic. Its astonishing speed is effortless, its looks are relatively ordinary, and its price of barely six figures doesn't really say supercar. It has also been around for a decade, earning the nickname Godzilla for its performance without beauty. Freshened in 2017, it's unchanged for 2019.
The GT-R might be seen as a composite, combining ideas and directions in form, function and spirit to become part supercar, part commuter coupe, and part tuner car.
It used to be a brute, but over the years Nissan engineers have refined its manners and sharpened its performance by improving steering, handling and ride. The acceleration is blistering and cornering brilliant.
Its 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine is built by hand. It makes 565 horsepower and 467 pound-feet of torque as standard, with 600 hp in the Nismo model; mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic manual transmission, it can blast from zero to 60 mph in a mere 2.7 seconds. Its standard all-wheel drive provides amazing grip and cornering, while the adjustable suspension makes the GT-R both a comfortable cruiser and beast in the twisties. The GT-R's performance makes it competitive with supercars costing twice as much.
The GT-R's creature comforts include a contemporary interior with nappa leather, navigation, Bose audio with Apple CarPlay, active noise cancellation, and four seats, if not room for four adults.
Although the GT-R isn't a high-tech hybrid, it still gets decent fuel economy of 16 mpg city, 22 highway, 18 combined.
The GT-R hasn't been crash tested. It requires the full attention of its driver, as there are no active safety features such as automatic emergency braking. It only has the mandatory safety equipment: airbags, stability control, and a rearview camera. .
At $99,990 (plus freight), the 2019 Nissan GT-R costs tens of thousands of dollars less than its supercar rivals.
The base Pure model includes an 8.0-inch infotainment system with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth.
For about $110,000, the Premium adds an 11-speaker Bose audio system, active noise cancellation and sound enhancement, a titanium exhaust system, and more paint colors and interior options.
Track Edition GT-Rs cost more than $130,000 and include upgrades to the suspension, brakes, and aerodynamics.
The Nismo gets 600 horsepower, along with everything Nissan's performance division has to offer, for $177,235. There's your highest-performance supercar. .