2018 Nissan GT-R NISMO
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Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3.5 / 5
This is the time to be alive if you're shopping for a high-performance sports car. Not only are there more choices than ever, sports car manufacturers have a seemingly unending supply of updates to apply to their technological powerhouses. But for the 2018 GT-R, Nissan is doing things a little differently. While most manufacturers are selling cars with more features and corresponding price hikes, Nissan is bringing out a less expensive GT-R trim, called Pure, to the lineup. The benefit to consumers? The Pure's starting MSRP is below the six-figure mark.
Whichever trim you get, the GT-R brings plenty of performance to the road with little sacrifice in regard to comfort and convenience. To its credit, Nissan has continuously updated and refined the the GT-R's powertrain, and it's much more refined than when it was introduced back in 2009. But compared to other performance cars with dual-clutch transmissions on the market, the GT-R is still lurchy and noisy. For better and for worse, the 2018 GT-R is fundamentally the same well-appointed but rough-and-tumble car as the one from nine years ago.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 Nissan GT-R is a high-performance sport coupe. It uses a turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 engine (565 hp, 467 pound-feet of torque), a six-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission and a variable all-wheel-drive system for its propulsion. Pure, the new trim level, is the least expensive way to get a GT-R, but it still has all the essential features. Premium trim cars add luxury options, while the Track Edition adds even more track focus. Finally, the GT-R Nismo ups all performance qualities to the max, including an engine tuned for more power.
The new Pure trim includes 20-inch wheels with summer run-flat tires, LED headlights and running lights, power-folding and heated mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, an adaptive suspension, configurable drive modes, and keyless entry and ignition.
Inside, you get leather upholstery with faux suede inserts, dual-zone automatic climate control, a heated eight-way power driver seat (four-way for the front passenger), a manual tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a rearview camera, an 8-inch touchscreen, a navigation system, voice controls, NissanConnect mobile-app integration, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker Bose audio system with active noise cancellation and enhancement, USB connectivity, and satellite and HD radio.
Going with the Premium adds an active sound enhancement and noise cancellation system, titanium exhaust, and a 11-speaker sound system.
Options for the Pure and Premium are limited to the Cold Weather package, with all-season tires and a unique coolant mixture. Premium models can be equipped with a Premium Interior package, which adds hand-stitched premium leather upholstery; special floor mats; and a few premium paint and interior color schemes.
The GT-R Track Edition is similar but receives the Nismo's suspension, chassis and interior upgrades (see below).
Finally, the limited-production GT-R Nismo comes with a stiffer body structure, a front fascia with more cooling area and downforce, side skirts and rear wing, Recaro seats, lightweight forged alloy wheels, a more aggressive suspension calibration, and an uprated version of the V6 engine good for 600 hp and 481 lb-ft of torque.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2015 Nissan GT-R Premium (turbo 3.8L V6 | 6-speed dual-clutch automatic | AWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current GT-R has received some revisions, including a bit more power and an updated interior. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's GT-R.
Noise & vibration2.5
Ease of use3
Getting in/getting out4.5
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite GT-R safety features:
- Seat Belt Pre-tensioner
- Prevents excessive passenger movement upon collision by locking and taking up slack on the seat belt.
- Connects drivers with their car through their smartphone for roadside assistance and crash notification and emergency calling.
- Rearview Monitor
- Helps drivers see what's behind them when backing up through the use of a camera mounted to the rear of the car.
Want to drive like a hero, but don't have the skills? Then you need a 2018 Nissan GT-R.
This high-tech sport coupe is overflowing with technology that makes it one of the easiest ultra-high-performance vehicles to drive. Acceleration, braking and handling are simply stunning, though the abundance of applied science in the GT-R can leave the driver feeling a bit redundant.
Nissan introduced the GT-R in 2009, making it one of the oldest cars in this quickly changing segment. But the carmaker has been conscientious about making small updates just about every year. For 2018, the GT-R gets a new trim level called Pure and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration.
The GT-R is ridiculously fast. Its twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 develops 565 horsepower and 467 pound-feet of torque, with a six-speed, dual-clutch automatic delivering all that power to all four wheels. Edmunds timed the GT-R to 60 mph in a blistering 3.2 seconds, making it one of the fastest cars we've ever track-tested. Braking is equally impressive: 60 to zero in just 102 feet. The EPA estimates the GT-R's fuel economy at 18 mpg combined (16 city/22 highway), an admirable showing for such a powerful car.
Out on the open road, the GT-R is an easy car to drive fast. Between all-wheel drive and clever stability and traction control systems, it develops impressive grip and can dart through the corners with incredible precision at physics-defying speeds. But it's not perfect. The GT-R feels a bit nose-heavier than we'd expect of a car of this caliber. Of greater concern is the lack of a real mechanical or emotional connection, something purists are bound to miss; the abundance of traction-management technology tends to isolate the driver from the road. We're also a bit put off by the stiff ride and the inelegant clunks and low-speed lurches from the transmission. This is supposed to be a precision piece of machinery, and sometimes it feels like anything but.
On the plus side, the GT-R is a lot easier to live with than most high-end sports cars. Getting in and out is easy, just as it is in a passenger car, and requires none of the odd contortions that define many low-slung sportsters. Since the GT-R's debut, Nissan has cleaned up the interior and many switches and buttons have been replaced by a single knob on the center console that controls the infotainment system. We love the data telemetry — there's nothing like knowing the maximum lateral g-force you reached on your way to work — and we appreciate the comfortable front seats, though the back seat and trunk are quite small.
The GT-R comes in four trim levels with a few option packages. How should you equip your car? Let Edmunds help find the perfect 2018 Nissan GT-R for you.
2018 Nissan GT-R NISMO Overview
The 2018 Nissan GT-R NISMO is offered in the following styles: , and NISMO 2dr Coupe AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 6AM).
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