2018 Nissan GT-R Coupe

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2018 Nissan GT-R Coupe Overview

The standard features of the Nissan GT-R Pure include 3.8L V-6 565hp twin turbo engine, 6-speed auto-shift manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), integrated navigation system, side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st row overhead airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 20" RAYS forged aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control.

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GT-R Coupe

Starting at: $99,990

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  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Garage door transmitter - HomeLink
  • Emergency communication system
  • Navigation system
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • AM/FM radio - SiriusXM
  • CD player
  • CD-MP3 decoder
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 8.0"
  • Diversity antenna
  • Smart device integration - Apple CarPlay
  • Basic warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 4
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Power driver seat
  • Power passenger seat
  • Front center armrest
  • Heated front seats
  • Rear seats - bucket
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Leather upholstery
  • Leather shift knob
  • Engine displacement - 3.8 L
  • Engine horsepower - 565hp @ 6,800RPM
  • Engine torque - 467 lb.-ft. @ 3,300RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 95.5mm x 88.4mm (3.76" x 3.48")
  • Compression ratio - 9.00 to 1
  • GVWR - 2,144kg (4,727lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,709mm (185.4")
  • Exterior body width - 1,895mm (74.6")
  • Exterior height - 1,369mm (53.9")
  • Wheelbase - 2,779mm (109.4")
  • Front legroom - 1,133mm (44.6")
  • Rear legroom - 671mm (26.4")
  • Front headroom - 968mm (38.1")
  • Rear headroom - 851mm (33.5")
  • Front hiproom - 1,389mm (54.7")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,140mm (44.9")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,379mm (54.3")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,270mm (50.0")
  • Passenger volume - 2,237L (79.0 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 249 L (9 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 249 L (9 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - trunk
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Tailpipe finisher - polished
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 3.8
  • Compressor - twin turbo
  • Cylinder configuration - V-6
  • Horsepower - 565hp @ 6,800RPM
  • Torque - 467 lb.-ft. @ 3,300RPM
  • Number of valves - 24
  • Variable valve control
  • Sequential multi-point fuel injection
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Premium Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed automatic with auto-shift
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto
  • Drive type - all-wheel drive
  • Limited slip differential
  • Fuel economy combined - 18mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 19.5gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 16mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 22mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Adaptive suspension
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Sport suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 255/40ZR20.0
  • Rear tires - 285/35ZR20.0
  • Wheel size - 20"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Configurable
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Parking sensors - front and rear
  • Exterior parking camera rear - RearView Monitor yes


  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
Pure 2018 Nissan GT-R Coupe Pure Search New $99,990   565-hp 3.8L 6-cyl  6-spd auto with auto-shift  16 / 22  
Premium 2018 Nissan GT-R Coupe Premium Search New $110,490   565-hp 3.8L 6-cyl  6-spd auto with auto-shift  16 / 22  
Track Edition 2018 Nissan GT-R Coupe Track Edition Search New $128,490   565-hp 3.8L 6-cyl  6-spd auto with auto-shift  16 / 22  
NISMO 2018 Nissan GT-R Coupe NISMO Search New $175,490   600-hp 3.8L 6-cyl  6-spd auto with auto-shift  16 / 22  


Driving Impression

New Car Test Drive

You can still hear the high-strung engine in the Premium, thanks to subtle rumble of the titanium exhaust. The twin turbos create a jet-like whine mixed with a low howl. The GT-R doesn’t have the refined scream of a Ferrari 458 Italia, or the deep burble of a Shelby GT500. It’s between these and quieter.

Speaking of jet-like, the GT-R is quicker than some supercars costing twice as much. Its top speed is 196 miles per hour. It’s so fast that the driving experience can feel like a video game, except bad things happen when you crash.

It’s a brilliant road car as well as an awesome track-day car. The firm ride can be programmed to be fairly forgiving, in Comfort mode, making it a nice highway cruiser.

The steering is relatively light at low speeds, quick but without the need to make small corrections at highway speeds. The paddle-shifting is sharp and crisp. The all-wheel drive varies torque from 100 percent to the rear to 50/50, depending on tire slip, steering angle, lateral acceleration, yaw rate, road surface, speed.

The GT-R has adjustable suspension, transmission, and stability-control settings to make it work as a commuter car. But in R for Race mode, it’s a life-changing experience. You push the GT-R into long corners at triple-digit speeds, and feel almost relaxed as it handles the curve without effort. When it’s time to slow down for a hairpin, the big Brembo brakes, six pistons in front and four in rear, do the job.

The traction control is easy to use. Set all three to Race, depress the brake pedal, floor the accelerator, and the engine hovers at 4500 rpm. Release the brake and the car launches with a slight squeal of the tires. Power is distributed to the tires with the best grip.

Pushed to its handling limits on a racetrack, the GT-R tends to understeer, a trait we noticed at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. With the throttle down, the rear can slide into power oversteer but it’s controllable. Cornering grip is outstanding.

The huge brakes feel firm as they slow the car at a mesmerizing rate, and we did not experience fade during repeated hard use.

Walk Around

New Car Test Drive

The GT-R only looks like a supercar at second or third glance. You can tell it’s special, but it doesn’t say Lamborghini. With its jagged and bulky luxury coupe outline, it could be mistaken for a kit car, with boisterous fender flares, deeply scooped air intakes, and a comically large rear wing. It all looks like anime armor, definitely including the roofline’s tomahawk slice that chops into the rear end.

Cars like the Porsche, Mercedes, and Ferrari or Lamborghini are unmistakable. The GT-R is overlookable. It looks best in dark graphite, a color that comes off subtle on the GT-R. A large Nissan V-Motion mesh grille has a matte finish. A chin spoiler and bumper add downforce, while the hood has pronounced character lines. The 20-inch wheels are a 15-spoke design.

The beltline is raised and rocker panels are bulged a bit for aerodynamics. The rear end has functional vents next to the quad exhaust outlets and under the bumper that provides good airflow at high speed. Nissan says the GT-R’s 0.26 coefficient of drag helps keep it stable at high speed.

Interior Overview

New Car Test Drive

The cabin is refined to the level of an Infiniti. The instrument panel on the horizontal dashboard is wrapped in Nappa leather, with 11 buttons (until 2017 there was a bewildering 27 buttons). The center touchscreen is 8.0 inches, and there is a Display Command control for NissanConnect on the center console. In 2017 the paddle shifters were moved to the steering wheel from the steering column, so they can be used in the turns.

The seats have good comfort and support. There’s good room in front, while the rear seat is fine for two kids, limited for adults more by lack of headroom than legroom. There’s good trunk space. A rearview camera is standard, and necessary, as the thick rear pillars block the rearward visibility.

In 2017 the cabin was made much quieter, with more sound deadening material, an acoustic glass windshield, and the noise cancellation system that’s now only on the Premium model. Wind noise is present, but not too intrusive.


New Car Test Drive

In bang for the buck, only the Corvette ZO6 beats the GT-R. But we define bang narrowly, as in performance-only. The GT-R looks powerful, but the styling is not bang-inducing.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports.

Model Lineup

New Car Test Drive

There are four models: GT-R Pure ($99,990), GT-R Premium ($110,490), GT-R Track ($128,490), and GT-R Nismo ($175,490).

The new Pure isn’t bare bones. It comes with full power features, heated front seats, leather upholstery, navigation, Bluetooth audio streaming, and performance run-flat tires. The Premium adds the Bose audio, active noise cancellation, and titanium exhaust.

The Nismo has carbon-fiber trim and Recaro seats, and more horsepower: 600.

The Track is what it sounds like: legal for the street but set up for the track.

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