The 2018 Nissan GT-R is offered in Pure, Premium, Track Edition and a NISMO version. The Pure, Premium and Track Edition are powered by a 3.8L twin-turbocharged V6, which makes 545 horsepower and 467 pound-feet of torque. The NISMO uses the same V6, though it is tuned to produce 600 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque. In all models, power is put to all four wheels with a performance-oriented all-wheel-drive system and a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission handles the shifting. When desired, full sequential manual shifting can be controlled by the steering wheel mounted shift paddles.
With the GT-R's 545 horsepower, the dash to 60 mph takes just under three seconds, and top speed is a claimed 200 mph. Brakes are strong enough for secure stops from triple-digit speeds, and handling is enhanced by the variable-power-split all-wheel drive system. The ride is stiff, owing to this car's prioritization of performance above all else. The NISMO features an even more track-oriented suspension set up, which complements the car's additional aerodynamic aids, including a unique rear spoiler.
Inside, the GT-R feels snug, with a strong cockpit design. The driver sits low in rather narrow, well-bolstered sport seats, with a wide center console alongside. Steering wheel paddle shifters can command quick shifts, while center-stack controls are canted slightly toward the driver.
The GT-R Premium has a very extensive list of features including 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels, power-heated front seats, leather-suede-trimmed seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, full power accessories, an Intelligent Key entry and ignition system, LED headlights, LED taillights, dual-zone climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and carbon-fiber and aluminum interior trim. An 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, XM NavTraffic, NavWeather and Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity are all included. Also included is a Bose sound system with 11 speakers, two subwoofers, active noise cancelling, Bluetooth streaming audio and XM satellite radio.
The GT-R Track Edition includes everything in the Premium, plus a NISMO tuned suspension, NISMO black 20-inch wheels, carbon-fiber rear spoiler and black and red Recaro leather front seats.
The limited availability GT-R NISMO adds to the Track Edition with the NISMO tuned 600 horsepower engine, NISMO tuned suspension, a NISMO aerodynamic body design, carbon-fiber front and rear fascia, carbon fiber rear spoiler, NISMO Recaro seats with suede inserts, wider NISMO super-black wheels, NISMO Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel and NISMO black/red interior treatment.
There are few major options on the GT-R. A Cold Weather Package adds Dunlop run-flat tires and a special coolant mix. A Premium Interior Package adds hand-stitched Semi-Aniline leather front seats and interior treatment.
Safety features of the GT-R include Nissan Advanced Air Bag System, stability and traction control, front and rear sonar system, antilock brakes and a rearview camera. Additionally, the body is constructed with front and rear crumple zones, as well as an energy-absorbing steering column.
Think about how much you've changed since 2008. How many favorite bands have come and gone. How many relationships. How many, uh, bad choices. Now consider the Nissan GT-R. After more than a decade, Godzilla is largely the same as it's ever been. And though it's certainly starting to show its age in a number of areas, make no mistake, the GT-R is every bit as entertaining to drive now as it was back in 2008.
That's especially true with the range-topping GT-R Nismo, which gets its own slew of updates for the 2020 model year. This is the 600-horsepower, track-ready version of the GT-R, with myriad vents and scoops and carbon-fiber components helping to visually convey that message. I won't call it pretty, but it's certainly purposeful. Like something straight out of Gran Turismo, the GT-R Nismo means business.
For 2020, the Nismo gets a redesigned carbon-fiber hood, as well as wheel arch vents to better extract heat from the new, 16.1-inch, carbon-ceramic Brembo front brakes. The carbon-fiber bumpers, fenders, roof, side sill covers, trunk and rear spoiler also help with weight savings, meaning the Nismo is 68 pounds lighter than the standard GT-R Premium. Nismo to Nismo, this is a 44-pound reduction for 2020.
The Good The 2020 Nissan GT-R is still a razor-sharp supercar, and the Nismo gets a few updates that make it both a better performer and easier to live with on the daily.
The Bad Signs of the GT-R's age are everywhere, from the outdated interior to the lack of modern tech. It's also hideously expensive.
The Bottom Line The GT-R Nismo is an incredible performance machine. But its $200,000-plus price tag means it costs almost twice as much as a base GT-R, and it simply isn’t twice the car.
Here comes a new truck and SUV from Nissan, as the automaker continues to work and turn its fortunes around.
Nissan's hulking SUV is back with some fresh looks, and now we know how much the beast costs.
Want to work in the forest away from a cubicle? No problem.
You can pull the office out of the van when you want some time with nature, which sounds pretty wonderful.
You might be surprised just how much standard equipment this utility vehicle comes with.
That figure has increased modestly compared to the outgoing model.
This cheeky little crossover gets spruced up with more rugged styling and new equipment.
The program has been a big hit at the seven dealerships involved in its pilot program.