If you’re planning on buying an expensive high-performance sports car, this is a good time to live. There are new or refreshed vehicles in this class, including the Nissan GT-R. Indeed, the GT-R remains essentially the same vehicle that debuted in 2009, but Nissan trying to keep it fresh over the years. The trend continued last year with a subtle face-lift, a slight increase in power, a better interior, and now, a new trim for 2018.
The 2018 Nissan GT-R is a high-performance sport coupe available in Premium, Track Edition and Nismo. New this year is the Pure trim level.
Powering the 2018 Nissan GT-R is a turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 engine that produces 565 horsepower and 467 pound-feet of torque. The GT-R Nismo gets high-performance tuned version of this engine that generates 600 horsepower and 481 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission with manual shifting mode sends power to all four wheels through a variable all-wheel-drive system.
At track testing, the 2018 Nissan GT-R Nismo launched to 60 mph in a blistering 2.9 seconds. That’s one of the quickest ever recorded. Top speed of 195 mph. EPA estimated fuel economy stands at 18 mpg combined (16 city/22 highway), which is respectable for a high-performance car.
The 2018 Nissan GT-R price list: the new Pure trim costs $101,685 after a $1,695 destination charge, Premium $112,185, Track Edition $130,185 and Nismo $177,185.