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2018 Nissan GT-R

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2018 Pure 2dr All-Wheel Drive Coupe
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Price:   -  From $99,990
2018 Premium 2dr All-Wheel Drive Coupe Price:   -  From $110,490
2018 Track Edition 2dr All-Wheel Drive Coupe Price:   -  From $128,490
2018 NISMO 2dr All-Wheel Drive Coupe Price:   -  From $175,490

Overview

It's fretted and fawned over at gas stations. It's reverent fans put to memory every spec and stat. It's affectionately known as Godzilla. It's Nissan's own GT-R, and thanks to steady and continuous improvement (not to mention a few welcome injections of power), the nearly decade-old supercar still manages to raise hairs and quicken pulses.

What's New for 2018

When the current-generation GT-R landed on these shores in 2009, its starting price was about $70,000. Last year, the most bare-bones example carried a $110,000 price tag. That pricing bloat is the sole reason behind the new, sub-$100,000 Pure trim, which cuts the sound deadening, eschews the titanium exhaust, eliminates the active noise cancellation system and subs in a six-speaker stereo in lieu of the Premium trim's 11-speaker affair. Also new for this year is Apple CarPlay as standard equipment and a Kuro Black interior package.

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Choosing Your Nissan GT-R

With the new Pure, there's now four trim levels for buyers to pick from. A distinct line of demarcation runs down the middle of that hierarchy: the Pure and Premium are versatile and maybe even tame, while the Track Edition and Nismo variants are fierce, uncompromising machines that are happier on a track than the streets.

Their personalities may range from vexed house cat to prowling jungle kitty, but the heart of each GT-R is the same – a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6. The lower three trims have 565 horsepower and 467 lb-ft of torque to play with; power rises to 600 horses and 481 lb-ft for the top-spec Nismo. A dual-clutch six-speed auto handles gear changes, with standard paddle shifters remitting control to drivers if they so desire. Even die-hard manual aficionados have to respect this transmission's performance: it will snap off shifts in as little as 0.15 seconds, far faster than anyone can do the three-pedal dance.

A performance-focused all-wheel-drive system that can rout nearly 100 percent of power to the rear wheels is standard, and Nissan's Vehicle Dynamic Control helps modulate torque between the fore and aft of the car based on road conditions. The three available drive mode settings also work to alter the car's persona and drivability, with each setting fine-tuning the transmission, suspension, and power delivery. Set it in Comfort mode on the way to the track; put it in R mode for when the green flag drops.

As expected of a six-figure car, the GT-R's cabin is well-appointed. Buyers will find niceties such as an eight-inch touch screen, Nappa leather, Nissan Connect services, front and rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control and Bluetooth. The touchscreen houses both a navigation system as well as five preset pages of powertrain and performance information. These pages will tell drivers anything from throttle position to G-forces to fuel economy. Regarding that last point, the GT-R returns 16 miles per gallon city, 22 highway, and 18 combined – not bad for something known as Godzilla.

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Pure

The new-for-2018 Pure trim costs $101,685 after a $1,695 destination charge. It shaves off about $10,000 compared to the Premium, which had heretofore been the GT-R's base model. To achieve that savings, Nissan eliminated the hand-formed titanium exhaust and 11-speaker sound system, as well as the Active Noise Cancellation and Active Sound Enhancement systems. Other than the absence of these four features, the Pure is otherwise no different than the Premium. Besides its lower-spec six-speaker sound system, all comfort and convenience features are present. This includes the three-spoke lather-wrapped steering wheel, two 12-volt outlets, auto-dimming rearview mirror, carbon-fiber interior trim, and heated power front seats. Like the Premium, it is available in seven colors.

All the aero trickery and performance bits also remain unchanged from the Premium. The Pure's only option is the no-charge All-Weather Package, which includes Dunlop all-season performance tires and a unique 30/70 coolant/water ratio.

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Premium

The $112,185 Premium is now the second-tier GT-R. For the additional cash buyers get a titanium exhaust, 11-speaker sound system, Active Noise Cancellation, and Active Sound Enhancement. The All-Weather Package is again available, and joining it on the options list is the $4,280 Premium Interior Package. This nets buyers a hand-stitched semi-aniline leather interior in either tan, black or red.

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Track Edition

For those who want their GT-R with a little more bite, there's the $130,185 Track Edition. It ups the ante with additional chassis stiffening, unique suspension tuning, and a hand-formed carbon-fiber spoiler. There are also Nismo-style front fenders and wheels to pack some visual punch. Drivers are also coddled in special race-bred Recaro seats that offer higher grip than the lower two models. There are no options for the Track Edition.

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Nismo

The track rat of the GT-R family is no doubt the $177,185 Nismo. It offers buyers the same additional performance goodies the Track Edition has, along with a 600-hp version of the 3.8-liter engine, besoke side mirrors, carbon-fiber front and rear fascias and side sills, and special Nismo Recaro suede and leather seats. As with the Track Edition, there are no options. It is available in four colors and will be built in extremely limited numbers.

CarsDirect Tip

The Pure for sure. Costing just a shade over six figures, the cheapest GT-R offers buyers exactly what they're looking for from a car like this: namely, the ability to look like Batman and feel like a champion as they exploit the car's prodigious power. On that front, the purest Godzilla delivers with abundance.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.8L V-6 / 565 HP / 467 ft.lbs.
Transmission
6-spd sequential shift control auto-shift man w/OD
Drive Type
Attesa E-ts Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
16 / 22 / 19 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
4
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.8L V-6 / 565 HP / 467 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Attesa E-ts Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
16 / 22 / 19 Mpg
Brakes
Brembo 4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
19.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$75
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
8.8 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
79 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
185.4 "
Exterior Width
74.6 "
Exterior Height
53.9 "
Front Headroom
38.1 "
Rear Headroom
33.5 "
Front Legroom
44.6 "
Rear Legroom
26.4 "
Front Shoulder Room
54.3 "
Rear Shoulder Room
50.0 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,929 Lbs.
Wheel Base
109 "
Turning Radius
18.3 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
2 Doors
Wheels
20.0 " Painted Rays Forged Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black
Rear Spoiler
Wing
Exhaust
Titanium With Polished Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
4
Seat Trim
Simulated Suede/leather
Front Seat Type
Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(4-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
Bucket
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
12 Months / 12,000 Miles

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