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2014 Nissan GT-R Coupe - Rating Details

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2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition

Driven On 9/5/2013

Ratings Summary

Even with a slew of upgrades, the 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition is feeling a little long in the tooth. Sure, it provides stunning acceleration, immense grip and stellar handling, but the ride quality is still below par and our test car suffered from performance-robbing heat soak whenever pushed.
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Performance Now that it's been upgraded to 545 horsepower, the 2014 Nissan GT-R's 3.8-liter V6 feels stretched to the limit. It's incredibly powerful and easy to drive, but reacts poorly to heat. Handling remains world-class.
Acceleration
A
Blistering acceleration from the twin-turbo V6 takes zero effort. Just pin the gas and hold on. 0-60 takes 3.2 seconds. After a couple runs, though, heat soak sets in, boost drops and the car slows.
Braking
B
Despite giant brakes with six-piston fixed calipers and summer tires, the GT-R "only" manages to stop from 60 mph in 113 feet. Blame the weight. Pedal is firm and the action is predictable.
Steering
B
The GT-R's steeering is heavy, as you'd expect with a big, heavy car. It's also quick and precise, letting you throw the car around with amazing confidence.
Handling
A
Thanks to all-wheel drive and a bevvy of computers, the GT-R handles about as well as anything on the road. While this allows for incredible speed, it can make the driver feel like a third wheel.
Driveability
C
The 2014 Nissan GT-R is far more civilized than previous GT-Rs. That said, the ride is still rough, the dual-clutch transmisssion lurches and it suffers from heat-induced power loss during hard driving.
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Comfort While significantly better than previous GT-Rs, the 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition still can't be considered comfortable, even by sports car standards.
Seating Comfort
A
The Track Edition has some of the oddest seats we've seen; blue leather trim over velour. But they're supportive, comfortable for long drives and hold you in place well.
Ride Comfort
C
There's still a "COMF" suspension setting, but it still isn't comfortable enough. The C7 Corvette has redefined what can be expected from sports car suspensions and the GT-R doesn't keep up.
Quietness
C
The Nissan GT-R makes a lot of noises, few of them good. The whoosh from the intake is awesome, but the extreme noise from the tires, suspension and drivetrain are offputting, even for a performance car.
C
Interior The GT-R's interior is an interesting mix of off-the-shelf Nissan parts and GT-R-specific goodies, including one of the best steering wheel/paddle-shifter combos in the business.
Ergonomics
B
Nissan knows its way around user-friendly cars, and that's evident here. Everything is within reach and where it should be, just like in a normal car. Redundant audio controls are a plus.
Ingress/Egress
B
Unlike cars with similar performance, getting in/out of the upright GT-R is a snap. The seating position is relatively high and the doors are long.
Space/Room
B
Yet another area where the GT-R is a normal car. There's plenty of hip, shoulder, leg and headroom. Enough that you can wear a helmet no problem. The track edition ditches the rear seats.
Visibility
C
The GT-R suffers from a lack of rear visibility thanks to big rear roof pillars, a small window and a giant wing. The backup camera is, thankfully, standard.
Cargo/Storage
C
The GT-R only has 8.8 cubic feet of cargo storage, but it's got a relatively low liftover height and is roomy enough to hold a set of golf clubs.
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Value When the Nissan GT-R first came to America, it was a bargain basement supercar. Now this track edition stickers for $115,710, which means it has to live up to a higher standard.
Build Quality (vs. $)
B
With the exception of the steering wheel and paddles, there's nothing inside the GT-R that will "wow" you. That said, there are no real missteps, either.
Features(vs. $)
C
Mostly you're paying for the ability to clear the quarter-mile in just over 11 seconds. Otherwise, this Nissan lacks the kind of chassis control and feature content of sports cars like the new Corvette Stingray.
Cost
C
As tested, this 2014 GT-R Track Edition is $116,995. This puts it below the price of true exotics, but well above a Corvette with similar on-track performance. In short, the GT-R is no longer a great deal.
MPG
C
During our time with the car we averaged 17 mpg with a best tank of 19.8 mpg occuring during our 116-mile evaluation loop. The EPA ranks the GT-R at 19 mpg Combined (16 City/23 Highway).
Warranty
B
The 2014 Nissan GT-R has a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile drivetrain warranty.
Ownership
B
There is no free maintenance for the 2014 GT-R.
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Fun To Drive The Nissan GT-R is so fast and easy to drive that you can't help but love it. The acceleration is effortless and feels unending. Real-world driving confidence is off the charts.
Driving Experience
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Driving the GT-R is an experience you'll tell your friends about. From the minute you press the bright red start button, you know this is something special.
Personality
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Though it's been out for years, people still stare at the GT-R. From behind the wheel, it's a totally unique experience with sounds and driving dynamics you won't feel in any other car.
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