The GT-R, while new to the US, has its origins In the Nissan Skyline, which has been in production in Japan since the 1960’s. The GT-R now gives Nissan America a supercar to tout. It is a 2+2 coupe that can hang with the best in the world in virtually all of the merits that make a supercar, super. This road going rocket is one of the most comfortable of the cars in its class with a decent amount of interior space and a wealth of available options. While its ride would be considered stiff, it’s still not as bad as some of its competition.
The GT-R, with a first time rear transaxle to power its all wheel drive system is one of the quickest production cars on the road its powered 3.8 liter V-6 that can generate 485 HP and 434 ft. lbs of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels through a custom dual clutch automatic transmission. Big Brembo disc brakes all round help keep the vehicle on the road when you get going too fast. Nissan has built a world beater that can be purchased for much less than a standard supercar.
Engine: 3.8L twin-turbocharged V-6
Transmission: 6-speed twin-clutch automated manual
Model: GT-R Premium
The base GT-R has been dropped, leaving the Premium as the only model for 2011. Nissan has added rear cooling ducts to enhance cooling performance around the rear floor. Additional changes include a suspension retuned for a better ride, double clear coat on the fascias, and standard auto on/off headlamps, speed-sensitive wipers, USB iPod interface, Bluetooth audio, and XM NavTraffic and NavWeather capability.
Nissan designers set out to pen a distinctive supercar, not a typical low-slung exotic; thus, the GT-R is chunkier and more muscular than, say, a Ferrari. It intentionally lacks sophistication, instead looking mean, techno, and macho.
The GT-R features a leather-adorned cabin for four, PlayStation-inspired multifunction display, nav system, Bose audio, heated seats, and Bluetooth. The driver’s seat slides nine inches and raises 1.2 inches. The steering wheel both tilts and telescopes 2.4 inches.
The GT-R’s handbuilt 3.8-liter V-6 uses plasma-coated cylinder bores to ensure optimal efficiency and twin IHI turbochargers to produce 485 horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque. Its six-speed dual-clutch auto, also handbuilt, seamlessly transmits power via an ATTESA E-TS all-wheel-drive system. A Brembo brake system, along with an all-aluminum suspension with Bilstein dampers, provide race-worthy braking and handling.
In addition to front, side, and side-curtain airbags, the GT-R is equipped with a tire-pressure monitoring system, four-wheel anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, and front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters.
15 mpg city/21 mpg highway
- Rocket acceleration
- Rapid-fire shifts
- Hold-on grip
- Comfortable cabin
- Price tag
- Firm ride
- Bit noisy day-to-day
- Costly maintenance
One of the world’s finest supercars
- Audi R8
- BMW M6
- Chevrolet Corvette Z06
- Porsche 911 Turbo