2019 GT-R New Car Test Drive
The 2018 Nissan GT-R offers value in the world of supercars: You can now buy a GT-R for less than 100 grand. To be exact, $99,990. (That's MSRP and doesn't include the destination charge, but who's counting?)
The 2018 GT-R Pure comes without the 11-speaker Bose sound system, Active Noise Cancellation and Active Sound Enhancement, and titanium exhaust system. You'll still be getting Godzilla, as the GT-R is called. Maybe more so. Godzilla with noise cancellation? We don't think so. The real Godzilla is Pure. Bring on the noise.
For 2018, Apple CarPlay is added to the NissanConnect infotainment system, and there's a new interior package, black replacing white: in with Kuro Night, out with Ivory.
The GT-R was revised for 2017, with 20 more horsepower, as if it needed it, along with refinement to the styling and cabin.
With its twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 making 565 horsepower and 467 pound-feet of torque, the GT-R is one of the world's fastest sports cars, with a time from zero to sixty in 2.7 seconds. Rivals that fear Godzilla include the Porsche 911 Turbo and various models from Mercedes-AMG and BMW M.
However, the Corvette Z06, another rival, is the real bargain in this group, a monster killer. Chevrolet will sell you 650 horsepower for just $80,000, wrapped in a package that's more distinctively aggressive than the GT-R. But then you wouldn't have a GT-R, you'd be just another guy with a Corvette.
The GT-R gets amazing grip from its advanced all-wheel-drive system, biased to the rear but able to send 50 percent of the torque to the front wheels. The ride is relatively smooth, thanks partly to special Bilstein DampTronic dampers. It uses a fast dual-clutch transmission. There are several driving modes, including R for Race. The electronic stability control has several levels, from conservative in the wet to full off, for the track.
Like the Porsche 911, the GT-R technically seats four people, although the two in the rear must be tiny to fit. If you need to seat four, there is the Maserati GranTurismo.
There are four models: GT-R Pure ($99,990), GT-R Premium ($110,490), GT-R Track ($128,490), and GT-R Nismo ($175,490).
The new Pure isn't bare bones. It comes with full power features, heated front seats, leather upholstery, navigation, Bluetooth audio streaming, and performance run-flat tires. The Premium adds the Bose audio, active noise cancellation, and titanium exhaust.
The Nismo has carbon-fiber trim and Recaro seats, and more horsepower: 600.
The Track is what it sounds like: legal for the street but set up for the track.