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Automotive Editor - February 19, 2019

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2019 Nissan GT-R OVERVIEW

When it comes to sheer performance, the 2019 Nissan GT-R dwells in the same rarefied air the world's exotic supercars. Although it hasn't changed much over the years, the GT-R retains full rights to its decade-old nickname: Godzilla.

What's New for 2019

The GT-R continues with minimal revisions.

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Choosing Your Nissan GT-R

The GT-R runs with a 3.8-liter turbocharged V6 engine that produces a mighty 565 horsepower and 467 pound-feet of torque. As if that's not astonishing enough for a V6, the line-topping NISMO version houses 600 hp and 481 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive, an adaptive sport suspension, and a dual-clutch six-speed automatic transmission come standard. Buyers also get run-flat summer performance tires on 20-inch forged alloy wheels. The standard GT-R sprints from zero to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds flat – the NISMO does it in about 2.7 seconds.

The well-appointed interior can fit two rear passenger in a pinch, and the trunk is rated at 8.8 cubic feet, enough for two sets of golf clubs. According to EPA estimates, the GT-R delivers a reasonable 16 miles per gallon city, 22 mpg highway, and 18 combined.

The GT-R is offered in four trim levels:


The $101,685 GT-R Pure (all prices include $1,695 destination fee) comes with an 8-inch touchscreen, navigation, performance data displays, HD radio, power front sport seats, and front and rear parking sensors. Seats are clad in black leather with faux suede inserts. The no-cost Cold Weather Package provides all-season tires and a special 50/50 coolant mixture.


Priced from $112,235, the GT-R Premium features a titanium exhaust system and an 11-speaker Bose sound system with active noise cancellation and performance sound enhancement. The Cold Weather Package remains available, again for no cost. Unique to this trim is the Premium Interior Package ($4,280) with an extended semi-aniline leather interior in tan, red, or black.

Track Edition

The GT-R Track Edition costs $130,235 and gets really serious about performance with a stiffer body structure, more aggressive suspension tuning, and a carbon-fiber trunk lid. Interiors are trimmed in black leather with red accents. Outside are unique black-finish wheels. The are no packages available.


The limited-production GT-R NISMO starts at $177,235. It adds the 600-hp version of the V6 and an aerodynamic body kit with carbon-fiber components. Recaro racing seats complete the package, while no option packs are available.

CarsDirect Tip

The 2019 Nissan GT-R Pure carries all the essential performance ingredients that made the GT-R a legend. That makes it a bargain in this league. Most drivers won't get the opportunity to sample of the wonders of Track Edition and NISMO, which need a racetrack and some stiff competition to be truly appreciated.

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