This is a great time if you’re planning to shop for a high-performance sports car. There are more options than ever since sports car manufacturers have an unlimited supply of updates to apply to their vehicles. But for the 2018 GT-R, Nissan did a little different. When most manufacturers sell their cars with more features and higher prices, Nissan offers a cheaper GT-R trim, called Pure. Benefits? The Pure initial MSRP is below the six digit figure.
Whichever trim you choose, the GT-R brings much performance to the road with a little sacrifice in terms of convenience and comfort. Nissan continues to update and refine the GT-R engine, and it’s much more smooth than when it was introduced in 2009. But compared to other performance cars with dual-clutch transmissions, the GT-R is still noisy. Fundamentally, the 2018 Nissan GT-R is the same well-appointed but rough-and-tumble car as the one from nine years ago.
Trim and Features
The 2018 Nissan GT-R is a four-passenger high-performance sports coupe available in four trim levels: the new trim level Pure, Premium, Track Edition and Nismo.
Standard equipment for the Pure trim includes summer run-flat tires, 20-inch wheels, an adaptive suspension, LED running lights, LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors, power-folding and heated mirrors, keyless entry and ignition and configurable drive modes.
Inside, you get a manual tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery with faux suede inserts, a heated eight-way power driver seat with four-way for the front passenger, an 8-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, Apple CarPlay, voice controls, a navigation system, NissanConnect mobile-app integration, Bluetooth, a six-speaker Bose audio system with USB connectivity, active noise cancellation and enhancement, satellite and HD radio.
The Premium adds titanium exhaust, an active sound enhancement and noise cancellation system and an 11-speaker sound system.
Optional for the Pure and Premium is the Cold Weather package, which adds a unique coolant mixture and all-season tires. The Premium models can be equipped with a Premium Interior package, which adds interior color schemes, special floor mats, a few premium paints and hand-stitched premium leather upholstery.
The GT-R Track Edition is similar but also gets the Nismo suspension, chassis and interior upgrades.
The 2018 Nissan GT-R Nismo gets a more powerful V6 engine, lightweight forged alloy wheels, stiffer body structure, a more aggressive suspension calibration, a front fascia with more cooling area and downforce, side skirts and rear wing and Recaro seats.
The 2018 Nissan GT-R is powered by a turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 that produces 565 horsepower and 467 pound-feet of torque. The GT-R Nismo gets an upgraded version of this V6 that puts out 600 horsepower and 481 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission routes this power to the ground through an advanced all-wheel-drive system.
At performance testing, the 2018 Nissan GT-R accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds. The GT-R Nismo did it in just 2.9 seconds. This powertrain also achieves respectable fuel economy, with EPA estimated at 18 mpg combined (16 city/22 highway).
At first, the 2018 Nissan GT-R interior does not look much different from previous years, but there are some visible improvements. Buttons and switches are much less now, replaced by a knob on the center console that controls infotainment functions. The high mounted screen is also an inch larger than before.
The usual features include many infotainment menus devoted to performance, along with data playback that rivals the telemetry used by top racing teams. It should be noted that in and out is just as easy as a regular passenger car. This is different from many sports cars in this class require strange contortions, but with the 2018 Nissan GT-R you just jump and drive.
The 2018 Nissan GT-R front-seat is renowned for their comfort and support over long-distance driving, though it’s disappointing that the passenger seat has a slight adjustment. The back seats are small and more suitable for children or second cargo. The trunk is deep, but the high liftover high and narrow opening hampers loading item. Capacity stands at 8.8 cubic feet, and the rear seat does not fold forward.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Nissan GT-R is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. Key competitors include the Audi R8, Porsche 911 and Acura NSX.
Official pricing for the new base Pure trim starts at $101,685 after a $1,695 destination charge. The Premium which is now the second-tier GT-R start at $112,185. The Track Edition starts at $130,185 and the range-topping GT-R Nismo start at $177,185.