2021 Nissan GT-R

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Call it a dinosaur. Mock the Nissan parts bin interior. Declare it overpriced versus newer sports cars. The 2021 Nissan GT-R doesn’t mind. It’s still Godzilla, and it will still rip your head off with pleasure. Flashback to a few years ago: I was chatting with Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s design boss, about the GT-R. He divulged some information about Nissan’s two-door super-sports coupe that’s stuck with me ever since: Nissan never stops tweaking the performance. Each successive model year is different and better in small ways (suspension tweaks, minor powertrain updates, etc.), even if there is no major press release or announcement made. There’s a dedicated team of engineers that is constantly fiddling and toying with the car. Vehicle development programs come and go, but Albaisa says the GT-R’s is different than any other Nissan product, in that the team treats development like a light switch that never goes off. That said, it may look like Nissan is ignoring the GT-R when you take a step back. The old, chunky aesthetics don’t look much different than they did a decade ago, but that close-up view gives me heart. Heart enough that even years after its major refresh for 2017, it’s time to see how Nissan’s best stands on its own, and versus the platter of sports cars that have come out in recent years — namely, the latest Porsche 911 and C8 Corvette. Nissan provided a Bayside Blue GT-R Premium on Bridgestone Blizzak winter rubber, the perfect setup for a snowy winter week. Being able to option the iconic Bayside Blue paint outside of the 50th Anniversary Edition is the new, big ticket item for the 2021 model year. Frankly, it looks better without the cheap sticker package Nissan plastered onto the anniversary car. Upon slipping into the thickly-padded and big-bolstered driver’s seat, it immediately feels … well, normal. The gear lever is a little funky, the door release handle has a strange pull up release action, and there's a trio of custom mode buttons and GT-R logos, but beyond that, it’s just a Nissan. And an old one at that. Nothing here matches the $115,335 asking price. This stands in sharp contrast to something like the Corvette and its exotic, jet-inspired interior. It’s not comparable to Porsche’s classic elegance either. The word cheap crossed my mind more than a few times throughout the week. All the fundamentals are done to perfection, though. The view out over the front hood is superb. You can see out the back with ease, and checking blind spots isn’t a problem either even though Nissan don't include a blind-spot warning system. Two separate pull-down paddles allow for tilt and telescoping of the wheel into perfect position. Smartly, the whole instrument cluster and hood apparatus moves with the wheel, so you never lose perfect sight of the gauges. The only change that could make this seating position any better is to mount the seat closer to the floor. That shroud of normality is dashed away …
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Call it a dinosaur. Mock the Nissan parts bin interior. Declare it overpriced versus newer sports cars. The 2021 Nissan GT-R doesn’t mind. It’s still Godzilla, and it will still rip your head off with pleasure. Flashback to a few years ago: I was chatting with Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s design boss, about the GT-R. He divulged some information about Nissan’s two-door super-sports coupe that’s stuck with me ever since: Nissan never stops tweaking the performance. Each successive model year is different and better in small ways (suspension tweaks, minor powertrain updates, etc.), even if there is no major press release or announcement made. There’s a dedicated team of engineers that is constantly fiddling and toying with the car. Vehicle development programs come and go, but Albaisa says the GT-R’s is different than any other Nissan product, in that the team treats development like a light switch that never goes off. That said, it may look like Nissan is ignoring the GT-R when you take a step back. The old, chunky aesthetics don’t look much different than they did a decade ago, but that close-up view gives me heart. Heart enough that even years after its major refresh for 2017, it’s time to see how Nissan’s best stands on its own, and versus the platter of sports cars that have come out in recent years — namely, the latest Porsche 911 and C8 Corvette. Nissan provided a Bayside Blue GT-R Premium on Bridgestone Blizzak winter rubber, the perfect setup for a snowy winter week. Being able to option the iconic Bayside Blue paint outside of the 50th Anniversary Edition is the new, big ticket item for the 2021 model year. Frankly, it looks better without the cheap sticker package Nissan plastered onto the anniversary car. Upon slipping into the thickly-padded and big-bolstered driver’s seat, it immediately feels … well, normal. The gear lever is a little funky, the door release handle has a strange pull up release action, and there's a trio of custom mode buttons and GT-R logos, but beyond that, it’s just a Nissan. And an old one at that. Nothing here matches the $115,335 asking price. This stands in sharp contrast to something like the Corvette and its exotic, jet-inspired interior. It’s not comparable to Porsche’s classic elegance either. The word cheap crossed my mind more than a few times throughout the week. All the fundamentals are done to perfection, though. The view out over the front hood is superb. You can see out the back with ease, and checking blind spots isn’t a problem either even though Nissan don't include a blind-spot warning system. Two separate pull-down paddles allow for tilt and telescoping of the wheel into perfect position. Smartly, the whole instrument cluster and hood apparatus moves with the wheel, so you never lose perfect sight of the gauges. The only change that could make this seating position any better is to mount the seat closer to the floor. That shroud of normality is dashed away …
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Engine 3.8L V-6
MPG 16 City / 22 Hwy
Seating 4 Passengers
Transmission 6-spd auto-shift man w/OD
Power 565 @ 6800 rpm
Drivetrain all wheel
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