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Nissan GT-R
aka "Godzilla"
Production 2007 - present
Class Sports car,Grand tourer
Body Style 2-door, 2+2 seat coupe
Length 183.4 in
Width 74.7 in
Height 54 in
Wheelbase 109.5 in
Weight 3836 lb
Transmission 6-speed GR6 Dual-Clutch Paddle-Shifted Automatic, ATESSA ET-S AWD
Engine 3.8 liter VR38DETT twin-turbocharged V6
Power 2008
473 hp @ 6400 rpm (claimed)
434 lb-ft (587 Nm) of torque @ 3200 to 5200 rpm

480 hp @ N/A rpm
N/A lb-ft of torque @ N/A rpm

485 hp @ N/A rpm
N/A lb-ft of torque @ N/A rpm

530 hp @ N/A rpm
451 (465, Spec-V) lb-ft (612 Nm / 630 Nm, Spec-V) of torque @ N/A rpm
Similar Porsche 911 Turbo
Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Jaguar XKR
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
Ferrari F430
Lamborghini Gallardo
Audi R8
Designer Shirō Nakamura

The Nissan GT-R is a sports car created by Nissan and first sold in the Japanese Domestic Market as early as late November of 2007 and the US market in July 2008. The car was released to Europe and the world in March 2009. The car offers a very reasonable value of money with an outstanding handling and acceleration for a car at this price. The GT-R is assembled in Tochigi, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan.It is the successor of the legendary Nissan Skyline GT-R R34.Unlike its predecessors,the GT-R is simply called "GT-R" , rather than a faster version of Nissan Skyline.The GT-R has been a Japanese dream since the popularity of the Skyline GT-R R32.Every GT-R models are marked by its GT-R badge and the traditional four round rear lights.

See Wikicars' comprehensive Nissan GT-R Review.


Recent Changes

  • 2012 sees the GT-R gain some new updates for this model year. The most obvious of which are the restyled front fascia with integrated LED foglamps, new rear diffuser and other aerodynamic mods that reduce Cd from 0.272 to 0.268 while improving rear downforce by 10%, new Rays forged aluminium wheels that shave 12kg (26.4 lbs) and two new exterior colors (blue and black). Less obvious are the various modest interior upgrades, as well as chassis and engine modifications. Acceleration to 60 mph also drops to an Ariel Atom-matching 2.9 seconds.[1][2]
  • Nissan's continuous efforts at refining the GT-R have resulted in the 2011 "New-Spec" GT-R". These changes include a revised navigation system, recalibrated suspension settings and an improved-flow catalyst system. [3]
  • Nissan introduced the GT-R Spec-V on January 7, 2009 at the 2009 Tokyo Auto Salon. The limited edition car improves on the base model through a series of modifications. Exterior changes from the base GT-R consist of a carbon fiber rear spoiler, grille, and brake ducts, along with an exclusive Ultimate Black Opal paint job. Interior changes include a set of carbon fiber Recaro front seats with the rear seats being complete removed. Carbon fiber covers the center storage box, instrument panel, and replaces the majority of the interior trim. Under the hood, the standard twin-turbo V6 remains but a new high gear boost controller temporarily increases the air induction and deliver more torque in mid to high-range revs. Other mechanical changes include a titanium-coated exhaust, reworked suspension, carbon ceramic brakes, and 20-inch NISMO wheels. JDM sales begin on February 2, 2009 at seven pre-selected dealers who are staffed by mechanics with special GT-R SpecV training and are knowledgeable of racing circuit driving. Pricing is set at ¥15,750,000 (over US$160,000). Nissan has not announced any plans to sell the SpecV outside of Japan.[4][5][6][7]
  • For MY2009, Nissan's performance arm, NISMO, sinks their fangs into Nissan's GT-R. The result is a host of tweaks and upgrades collectively called the Club Sport Package and, sadly will only be available in the JDM. What it brings to the table is an even tauter handling care of race-tuned Bilstein Damptronic adjustable dampers, rock hard coils and springs and 20 in custom aluminum wheels wrapped in Bridgestone RE070R run-flats and a 24 pound weight loss thanks to a "carbon fibre everything" philosophy. Prices start at ¥5,460,000, however, don't be dismayed that it will only be available in Japan as the rest of the world will soon be getting the giant-slaying Spec-V.[8]

Styles and Major Options

R35 :

  • Nissan GT-R
  • Nissan GT-R SpecV
  • Nissan GT-R Egoist

R34 :

  • Nissan Skyline GT-R (3,964 were made)
  • Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec (1,380 were made)
  • N1 race Version (45 were made)

R33 :

  • Nissan Skyline GT-R (9,871 were made)
  • Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec (6,551 were made)
  • Nissan Skyline GT-R NISMO 400R (Tuned by NISMO)

R32 :

  • Nissan Skyline GT-R (40,390 were made)
  • NISMO Group A Evolution (Tuned by NISMO,560 were made)
  • Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec (1,453 were made)
  • Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec II (1,303 were made)
  • Nissan Skyline GT-R N1 Race Version (228 were made)


Surprisingly the price of this car is very cheap although it's a very fast car.It cost around $ 81.790.That is way cheaper than Porsche 911 Turbo which is slower than the GT-R in the circuit.

GT-R Premium GT-R Club Sport GT-R Spec-V GT-R EGOIST GT-R Black Edition
US$89,950 $Price2 $Price3 JP¥15,000,300 US$95,100
$Price1 $Price2 $Price3 $Price4 $Price5

Gas Mileage

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As seen on the FuelEconomy.gov website, the City/Highway MPG averages are as follows:

GT-R Premium Trim2 Trim3 Trim4
16/21 c/h c/h c/h

Engine and Transmission

Specifications, details, graphs, pictures and other information regarding the powertrain is placed in this section.


2007 Model

  • VR38DETT twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6.
  • 480 hp @ 6,800 rpm. 430 lb-ft torque @ 3,200 - 5,200 rpm.
  • Dual overhead camshafts with variable intake-valve timing.
  • Cast aluminum cylinder block with high-endurance/low-friction plasma-sprayed bores.
  • IHI twin turbochargers, one per cylinder bank.
  • Pressurized lubrication system with thermostatically controlled cooling.


  • ATTESA ET-S All-Wheel Drive (AWD) with independent rear-mounted transaxle integrating transmission, differential and AWD transfer case.
  • Rigid, lightweight carbon-composite driveshaft between engine and transaxle.
  • Electronic traction control plus 1.5-way mechanically locking rear differential.
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC-R) with three driver-selectable settings: Normal (for daily driving, controls brakes and engine output), R-Mode (for ultimate performance, utilizes AWD torque distribution for additional vehicle stability) and Off (driver does not want the help of the system).
  • Hill Start Assist prevents rollback when starting on an incline. Disclaimer: VDC-R cannot prevent accidents due to abrupt steering, carelessness, or dangerous driving techniques. Always drive safely.


  • 6-speed Dual Clutch Transmission with three driver-selectable modes: Normal (for maximum smoothness and efficiency), Snow (for gentler starting and shifting on slippery surfaces), and R mode (for maximum performance with fastest shifts).
  • Fully automatic shifting or full sequential manual control via gearshift or steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
  • Dual clutch design changes gears in less than 0.5 second (0.2 second in R mode).
  • Downshift Rev Matching (DRM).
  • Predictive pre-shift control (in R mode) based on throttle position, vehicle speed, braking and other information.



Nissan claims the GT-R can reach a top speed of 311 km/h (193 mph), Motor Trend recorded a top speed of 195.0 mph (313.8 km/h).It has been tested to achieve 0-60 mph (97 km/h) times as low as 3.2 seconds with "launch control" and 3.8 seconds without (improved to 3.5 seconds in models produced since March 2009). Nissan's chief vehicle engineer Kazutoshi Mizuno has indicated that he has never used the term "launch control", which refers to the act of turning off vehicle dynamic control (VDC) and launching the car at around 4500 rpm.However, Nissan's director of product planning John Wiener clearly stated in an interview with Jay Leno that "we (Nissan) actually offer a 'launch mode'".The GT-R user's manual states that turning off the VDC is only meant for escaping low-traction situations such as mud or snow. Nissan has re-programmed the 2010 model year GT-R to reduce the engine speed at launch to around 3,000 to 3,500 rpm with VDC enabled, which is meant to improve acceleration times. The new programming was also installed on old 2009 vehicles still in Nissan's inventory, and is available for existing 2009 vehicles.The new facelifted GT-R however now has a launch mode, which Nissan calls "R-Mode Start", and is activated by setting the Transmission and VDC to "R" mode (the Suspension settings can be left in normal mode), holding the brakes, then the throttle, and finally releasing the brakes. The engine speed is now held at 4,000 rpm in this mode, and it no longer voids the warranty. However, the system allows a maximum of 4 consecutive hard launches before locking itself out, after which it can be unlocked by driving normally for 1.5 miles. Tests by Edmund's Inside Line have shown the 2012 GT-R to achieve 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds with R-Mode Start activated and did the 1/4 mile in 11.2 seconds going 122.7 MPH.

Autocar released a video comparison of the GT-R with the Porsche 911 GT3 and BMW M3. Driven by test driver Chris Harris the GT-R was the fastest of the three.Autocar released another comparison test at the Isle of Man on a 4.5 km closed public road with the Audi R8, Lotus Elise, and Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4. The GT-R's time of 1:56:69 was behind the Gallardo's 1:55:99 time, however because the GT-R was Japanese-spec its top speed was limited to 112 mph, the reviewer noted the GT-R was stuck on the limiter for ~10–11 seconds and without the limiter would have "blitzed the Lamborghini".

In Auto Express testing the SpecV posted a 0-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds, pulled 1.12 g on the skidpad and 74.7 mph in the slalom. An earlier tested Corvette ZR1 resulted in an identical slalom speed but a lower 1.06 g on the skidpad.


  • Rack-and-pinion steering with vehicle-speed-sensitive power assist.
  • 2.6 steering-wheel turns lock-to-lock.


  • 4-wheel independent suspension with Bilstein DampTronic system with three driver-selectable modes: Normal/Sport (for automatic electronic control of damping), Comfort (for maximum ride comfort), and R mode (engages maximum damping rate for high-performance cornering).
  • Electronically controlled variable-rate shock absorbers. High-accuracy progressive-rate coil springs.
  • Front double-wishbone/rear multi-link configuration with aluminum members and rigid aluminum subframes.
  • Hollow front and rear stabilizer bars.


  • Brembo 4-wheel disc brakes with 4-wheel Antilock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Preview Braking.
  • Two-piece floating-rotor 15-inch front and rear discs with diamond-pattern internal ventilation.
  • 6-piston front/4-piston rear monoblock calipers.


Reliability concerns about the Nissan GT-R’s drivetrain surfaced prior to its release date – enthusiasts were worried about the complications that could arise out of the new and highly-intricate all-wheel drive ATTESA E-TS dual-clutch semi-automatic transmission, versus the simpler rear-wheel drive setups found in other supercars. After the GT-R went on sale in Japan in late 2007 and the U.S. in July 2008, these concerns were partially proved valid, as numerous owners with barely a few thousand miles on their odometer started reporting transmission problems and failures. The most famous of these occurrences is chronicled by member septskyline on the message boards of North American GT-R Owners Club, where he writes about the experience, and more importantly, mentions how Nissan voided his warranty and won’t cover the broken transmission (which costs around $20,000). [9]

The issue stems from Nissan’s ambiguous inclusion of an unofficial “launch control” feature in the GT-R, whereby drivers can program the car’s computer to maximize acceleration from a stop. The owner’s manual, however warns drivers not to use the function except when stuck in snow or mud, and states misuse of the feature will void the warranty. Since then, the feature has been removed from all 2010 models, and a free recall for all 2009 models has been issued. When servicing the car, Nissan dealers can check to see whether the feature was used or not via the GT-R's "blackbox" computer recorder. [10]

Warranty options and scheduled maintenance information should be mentioned here.

Sixth generation (2007-present)

Nissan planned to revive the return of the GT-R. The production version of the sixth generation GT-R debuted at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show, launching in the Japanese market on December 6, 2007. The U.S. official launch was 7 months later on July 7, 2008. Universal Nissan in Los Angeles provided a customer with the delivery of a new GT-R, fresh from the production line at 12:01 a.m., on July 7, 2008. The Canadian launch was also in July 2008. Europe became the third consumer market, where it launched in March 2009. The large disparity in initial marketing between these regional releases is due to Nissan having to build GT-R performance centers where the car is serviced. Also the engine and rear-mounted dual-clutch gearbox are built by hand, thus limiting production to around 1000 cars a month.

The revised GT-R (2012 model year for the US) will feature an engine with revised mapping, changes to valve timing, larger inlets and a revised exhaust system to boost rated power to 530 bhp and 612NM of torque from 3200 to 6000rpm. Changes also include a new more rigid front strut bar made from carbon composite, larger front brake rotors, new lighter and stiffer wheels, and revised Dunlop tires. Cosmetic changes include a new front bumper with integrated LEDs which adds cooling to the radiator and front brakes while reducing drag, a new rear diffuser which improves downforce, additional rear cooling ducts, and improved interior quality. The revised GT-R is scheduled to begin retail in Japan from mid November 2010 and be released in North America, Europe and other regions after February 2011.

This is the first GT-R that is not based on the Nissan Skyline.

Fifth generation (1999–2002)

The GT-BNR34 (R34) Skyline GT-R and GT-R V-spec models were released in January 1999. The R34 GT-R was also made to be shorter (from front to rear), and the front overhang was reduced. The valve covers were also painted glossy red, rather than dull black. A new feature on the R34 GT-R is a 5.8" LCD multifunction display on the center of the dashboard, which shows seven different live readings of engine and vehicle statistics such as turbocharger pressure (1.2 bar max), oil and water temperature, among others. The GT-R V-spec model added two extra features to the display: intake and exhaust gas temperatures. Nismo Multi-function Displays (MFD) can be bought at an extra cost, they include a lap timer, G-Force meter and an increase in boost pressure measurement to 2 bar. The R34 GT-R was made shorter in response to customer concerns who thought the R33 was too bulky. Like the R33, the new R34 GT-R V-Spec (Victory Specification) models come equipped with the ATTESA E-TS Pro system and an Active LSD at the rear, while standard GT-R models come with the non-Pro system and a conventional mechanical differential. The V-spec model also had firmer suspension and lower ground clearance, thanks to front and side splitters, as well as a rear carbon fiber air diffuser, designed to keep air flowing smoothly under the car. Another special model of the R34 GT-R is the M-spec. It was similar to the V-spec, but had special "Ripple control" dampers, revised suspension set up, stiffer rear sway bar and a leather interior with heated front seats. The 'M' on the M-Spec stood for Mizuno who is the chief engineer of Nissan. At the time of the R34's release, like the R32 and R33, Nissan released an R34 N1 model. The R34 GT-R N1 was equipped similar to the R32 and R33 N1 models — a homologation special. It was sold without ABS, air conditioning, audio equipment, rear wiper, or trunk lining. The new R34 N1 was also given the new R34 N1 engine. Only 45 R34 N1 models were produced from the factory, 12 of which were used by Nismo for Super Taikyu racing. The rest were sold to various customers, mostly racing teams and tuning garages. The V-Spec versions was also imported into the UK, a number of modifications was carried out to the car, these were 3 additional oil coolers, revised ECU map, full Connelly leather interior, underbody diffusers, stiffer suspension, active rear limited slip differential, extra display feature on the in car display.

In August 2000, Nissan released the V-Spec II, replacing the V-Spec. The V-Spec II has increased stiffness in the suspension (even stiffer than the original V-spec) and had larger rear brake rotors. It also comes equipped with a carbon fiber hood equipped with a NACA duct, which is lighter than the aluminum that all other GT-R hoods are made from. Also different on the V-Spec II was an iridium center console and aluminum pedals. The seats were upholstered with black cloth rather than the gray cloth used on previous R34 GT-R models, and the amber turn lenses were replaced with white versions. With the exception of the carbon fiber bonnet, the standard trim level GT-R also received these updates. In August 2000, Nissan released the V-Spec II, replacing the V-Spec. The V-Spec II has increased stiffness in the suspension (even stiffer than the original V-spec) and had larger rear brake rotors. It also comes equipped with a carbon fiber hood equipped with a NACA duct, which is lighter than the aluminum that all other GT-R hoods are made from. Also different on the V-Spec II was an iridium center console and aluminum pedals. The seats were upholstered with black cloth rather than the gray cloth used on previous R34 GT-R models, and the amber turn lenses were replaced with white versions. With the exception of the carbon fiber bonnet, the standard trim level GT-R also received these updates. In February 2002 Nissan released a final production model of the R34 GT-R called the Skyline GT-R V-spec II Nür and the Skyline GT-R M-spec Nür. The Nür was named after the famous German Nürburgring racetrack, where the Skyline was developed. In total 1000 R34 GT-R Nür(s) were made, 750 were V-Spec II Nürs' and 250 M-Spec Nürs'. The Nür model featured an improved RB26DETT based on the N1 racing engine. The standard turbochargers were upgraded to larger versions with a slight increase in boost and the ceramic blades were replaced with steel versions. This has increased lag, but to compensate the turbo's durability was improved while being able to handle a bigger boost increase. This allowed tuners to increase the boost safely with standard turbos up to 450 hp at the crank. The V-spec II Nür is based on the regular V-spec II model, and the M-spec Nür was based on the regular M-spec model. Other than the addition of the Nür engine, the Nür models also included a different color of stitching on the interior trim, as well as a speedometer reading up to 300 km/h (186 mph). Due to then-current Japanese law the car was advertised as having 276 hp but it actually had over 330 hp when it left factory.

Production figures Standard Cars = 3,964 V-Spec = 1,308 N1 Race Version = 45 Total = 5,317

Fourth generation (1995–1998)

The E-BCNR33 (R33) was developed in 1995 as a successor to the venerable R32 model. The engine in the R33 was nearly identical to the R32. It used the same turbochargers and the same specification for the manual gearbox, although the syncros were made to be stronger. The engine corrected the R32's weak oil pump drive collar, which tended to fail in higher power applications, with a wider collar. The base model R33 GT-R weighs 1,540 kg (3,400 lb).

The R33 GT-R launched in January 1995 with the base model GT-R and the V-spec model. The V-spec model weighed in 10 kg (22 lb) heavier, and had sportier suspension resulting in lower ground clearance. The V-spec also featured the newer ATTESA E-TS Pro all wheel drive system, which included an Active Limited Slip differential. The V-spec model also included a four wheel independent channel anti-lock braking system.

At the same time as the release of the R33 GT-R and GT-R V-spec, Nissan released the R33 GT-R V-spec N1 model. Changes made in the R33 N1 are similar to those in the R32 N1. The car was made lighter by removing the ABS, air conditioning, sound system, rear wiper and trunk carpet. The R33 GT-R V-spec N1 received the slightly revised R33 N1 engine.

Production figures

Standard cars = 9,871 V-Spec = 6,551 Total = 16,422 (Figures include N1 and LM Limited Versions)

Third generation (1989–1994)

This new 2.6 L all wheel drive concept was put into production as the R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R. The R32 developed 206 kW (276 hp) and 266 lb·ft (361 N·m) of torque, it had a curb weight of 1,430 kg (3,146 lbs). Initial production of the car was the required 510 to allow for homologation starting on May 22, 1989. Its successful debut along with critical acclaim by the motoring press created a heavy demand for the car. Nissan officially started an unlimited production run August 1989, and began its Group A campaign in 1990. Due to strict Group A homologation rules, Nissan was required to also sell a series of the Skyline GT-R which more accurately reflected the car they use in Group A racing. This series was called the Skyline GT-R 'Nismo' edition.

The Skyline GT-R 'Nismo', introduced on February 22, 1990, has a total production of 560 units as required for the "Evolution" models regulation (over 500). Its purpose is to homologate a number of aerodynamic changes used in Group A racing. Changes include additional ducts in the front bumper to improve airflow to the intercooler, a bonnet lip spoiler to direct more air into the engine bay, and an additional boot lip spoiler to provide more downforce. The 'Nismo' GT-R was only available in Gunmetal Grey.

The Skyline GT-R 'N1' model, introduced on July 19, 1991, was designed for home-market N1 racing with a total of 228 units produced. The most notable change was in the engine, which was upgraded to the R32-N1 specification. The car was also lightened by the removal of the ABS, air conditioning, sound system, rear wiper, trunk carpet, and the use of light-weight headlights. No color options were available and all 'N1' cars were delivered with a thin layer of Crystal White paint. The result was a 30 kg weight savings for a curb weight of 1,400 kg.

To celebrate the success of the GT-R in both Group N and Group A racing, Nissan introduced the Skyline GT-R V-Spec ("Victory SPECification") car on February 3, 1993. The V-Spec added Brembo brakes and a retuned ATTESA E-TS system to the Nismo and N1 packages, as well as 17" BBS wheels with 225/45/17 tires. The V-Spec has a list price of ¥ 5.260 million.

To celebrate the success of the GT-R in both Group N and Group A racing, Nissan introduced the Skyline GT-R V-Spec ("Victory SPECification") car on February 3, 1993. The V-Spec added Brembo brakes and a retuned ATTESA E-TS system to the Nismo and N1 packages, as well as 17" BBS wheels with 225/45/17 tires. The V-Spec has a list price of ¥ 5.260 million.

Second generation (1972-1977)

The KPGC10's successor, the KPGC110, was released in 1973 after its introduction at the 1972 Tokyo motor show. Powered by a 1989 cc I6 S20 engine, the second generation GT-R delivered power to the rear wheels through a 5-speed manual gearbox. The suspension was a semi-trailing ring arm setup and minor aerodynamic parts were added. This edition of the GT-R was also known as the "Ken & Mary" Skyline, due to a popular advertisement featuring a young couple (Ken and Mary) enjoying the Hokkaido countryside. The advertisement later spawned a hit song by Buzz, and the tree featured in the advertisement later became a minor star itself. Unfortunately, the second generation GT-R was unsuccessful, for a gas crisis hit in the early 1970s, drying out any demand for high-performance sports cars. A total of 197 cars were built by the end of its short production run. For the next decade, this would be the last GT-R until the production of the R32 in 1989.

First generation (1969-1972)

The first Skyline GT-R, known by the internal Nissan designation PGC10, was released on February 4, 1969. It was available originally as a four-door sedan after a public debut at the 15th annual Tokyo Motor Show. It was advertised alongside the Nissan R380A racecar to showcase its racing heraldry. It was equipped with the 2.0 L DOHC S20 I6 producing 160 hp (120 kW) at 7000 rpm and 118 N·m (87 ft·lbf) of torque. Power was delivered to the rear wheels by a 5-speed manual transmission. The first Skyline GT-R rode on a semi-trailing arm strut suspension. It was available as a coupe in March 1971 with the chassis code KPGC10.

A popular name for the PGC and KPGC10 Skyline GT-R was "Hakosuka," which is a combination of the Japanese word for box ("hako" or ハコ) and the pronounced abbreviation of skyline ("Suka" or スカ as in スカイライン or "sukairain"). A total of 1,945 PGC and KPGC10 Skyline GT-Rs were produced.


According to Edmunds.com, the safety features are:

  • 4-wheel ABS
  • Child seat anchors
  • Remote anti-theft alarm system
  • Emergency braking assist
  • Front and rear ventilated disc brakes
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Xenon high intensity discharge headlamp
  • 2 front headrests
  • Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Stability control
  • Traction control
  • Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • Emergency interior trunk release
  • Front integrated headrests
  • Tire pressure monitoring


2011 Base


2011 US-Spec



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  • Vibrant Red link
  • Dark metal gray link
  • Super black link
  • Ultimate metal silver link
  • Deep Blue Pearl
  • Jet Black

Special Colors

Main Competitors

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Unique Attributes

  • The JDM GT-R, in compliance with a gentleman's agreement between Japanese automotive manufacturers limiting power output to 276 bhp, features an a GPS-based override feature that removes all speed governors (limiters) when the system detects that it is in a racetrack, in Japan or anywhere else in the world.



  • Automatic Temperature Control (ATC).
  • Electronic analog instrument cluster with multi-function trip computer and digital gear indicator.
  • Power front windows with one-touch auto-up/down feature.
  • Intelligent Key system with pushbutton start. Power door locks.
  • Cruise control.
  • Tilt/telescoping steering column.
  • Bluetooth Hands-free phone system with voice recognition. Seating/Appointments
  • Leather upholstered front seats with perforated Alcantara inserts.
  • 8-way power front seats with entry/exit switch for rear-seat passengers.
  • Driver-shaped bucket seat.
  • Dual individual rear seats.
  • Heated front seats.
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.
  • Drilled aluminum pedals. Safety/Security
  • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags, seat belt sensors and occupant-classification sensor.
  • Driver and front-passenger side-impact supplemental air bags and roof-mounted curtain supplemental air bags.
  • Front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters
  • Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System.
  • Vehicle Security System.

Resale Values

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  • Porsche has accused Nissan of falsifying the GT-R's 911 destroying laptime of 7m 29s around the Nurburgring. According to Porsche, the GT-R used, despite claims of having done no modifications, were fitted with semi-slick race-style tires. The German car maker has even purchased a sample w/ regular road tires and then handed it over to former world rally champion Walter Rohrl who posted a considerably slower 7m 54s time against the 911 Turbo's 7m 38s and the GT2's 7m 34s. [11][12]


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Current Generation: (2008–present)

The production version of the Nissan GT-R was released in Japan on 6 December 2007, United States July 7, 2008, and in Europe and the rest of the world in March 2009. The primary reason for the large time gap between releases is due to Nissan having to build performance centers where the car is built and to implement new infrastructure at dealers where the car is serviced. Also, the engine and rear-mounted Dual Clutch gearbox are built by hand, limiting production to around 1000 cars a month.The European spec has a softer suspension according to Top Gear.[1]

It has already been driven by Autoweek in Germany in the new Nürburgring, in the autobahn and in small roads [2]. Also, photos of the production vehicle were published early[3] since Motor Trend broke the embargo.

Spec V

Nissan introduced the GT-R SpecV on January 7, 2009 at the 2009 Tokyo Auto Salon.Exterior changes from the base GT-R consist of a carbon fiber rear spoiler, grille, and brake ducts, along with an exclusive Ultimate Black Opal paint job. Interior changes include a set of carbon fiber Recaro front seats with the rear seats being completely removed. Carbon fiber covers the center storage box, instrument panel, and replaces the majority of the interior trim. The GT-R SpecV is powered by the standard twin-turbo 3,799 cc (3.8 L; 231.8 cu in) V6 with no increase in horsepower. A new high gear boost controller that allows a temporary increase in boost pressure to the IHI twin turbochargers, now larger than those on the standard GT-R, should deliver more torque in mid to high-range revs. Other mechanical changes include a titanium exhaust, reworked suspension, carbon ceramic brakes, and 20-inch (510 mm) NISMO wheels. Overall weight is decreased by 132 lb (60 kg) over the standard GT-R.Japan sales began on February 2, 2009 at seven pre-selected dealers who are staffed by mechanics with special GT-R SpecV training and are knowledgeable of racing circuit driving. Pricing is set at ¥15,750,000 (over US$160,000). Nissan has yet to announce any plans to sell the Spec V in the USA.


Nissan produced an exclusive version of the Nissan GT-R SpecV,called the Nissan GT-R Egoist.It is made in a more exclusive number of production compared to the standard GT-R.The Egoist has been developed from the 2011 version of the Nissan GT-R, which itself boasts a number of significant improvements to the engine, chassis and aerodynamics.Revisions to the twin turbocharged 3.8-litre V6 give more power and torque - up from 485 to 530PS and 588 to 612Nm respectively - along with lower emissions and improved fuel consumption. Enhanced aerodynamics have increased downforce by 10 per cent while chassis and damper changes have sharpened the handling and smoothed the ride.But creating Egoist has taken GT-R to new levels of indulgence, exclusivity and rarity. Much of the attention has been focused on the cockpit which features an upgraded full leather interior created by Seton Leather in Germany.

Leather trim now extends throughout the interior and includes areas such as the base of the front seats, the seat belt buckle surrounds, the A and B pillars, the centre console surround and the transmission tunnel. Leather can even be found lining the interior of the cup holders and covering the door sills. Plain and quilted finishes are used to provide visual contrasts between the sections.

But this is not ordinary leather. Seton has become the preferred supplier of a select group of performance and luxury car makers. Its leather is chosen over others for its quality and consistency thanks to the way Seton cares for its livestock.

The company raises only one breed of cattle and the animals are cared for in carefully monitored conditions in Bavaria in Southern Germany. They are raised for 18 months in specially controlled surroundings to ensure more consistent feeding and less likelihood of insect bites or imperfections in the hides caused by barbed wire and other foreign objects.

Thanks to this careful nurturing, they grow to be bigger than average and this, in turn, means that fewer hides are needed for each car. That said, the interior of every Nissan GT-R Egoist still needs no fewer than 15 hides.

Turning the hides into the leather package takes Seton more than two months before the trimmed pieces can be shipped to Japan for installation. Completion of the interior of each Egoist is undertaken by hand in the GT-R plant in Tochigi and entrusted to one Takumi - a master craftsman.

Each car is taken from the main production line and taken to a special studio area in the plant where the Seton leather package is waiting to be installed. It takes a total of three hours for each installation.

In total there are no fewer than 20 colour combinations available with either a single colour used throughout or contrasting treatments for the upper and lower portions of the interior. There are ten different colour options for the lower interior - including a pale pink - and four for the upper section. Further choices include the availability of six contrasting options for the stitching. Carpeting throughout is also colour co-ordinated. Taking all the possible options into account there's a total of 84 different colour combinations for owners to choose from

Complementing the Seton leather package, a suede-like material is used to trim the headlining, sunvisors, rear parcel shelf and lower door panels.

Once trimmed, the car is then returned to the line to complete the production process - including the comprehensive running in process, which can also be witnessed by the customer.

Another example of the time and painstaking precision involved in the production of the Nissan GT-R Egoist concerns the emblem on the steering wheel. The 'ordinary' GT-R has an enamel badge... elegant but mass-produced. For Egoist, an ancient Japanese art is employed for the badge which is hand painted in a traditional decoration style known as Urushi.

For GT-R the method used is called Makie and the skill can only be taught in the Ishikawa Prefecture - home of the GT-R - and before he can practise his art, the craftsman has to be Government approved.

For this very special GT-R, each badge is entrusted to one man, Kubota-san of the Goshikiya workshop. It takes many days to build up the layers of paint to create the depth of colour and the unique finish on the emblem. Each one, therefore, is unique.

Similar attention to detail has gone into the creation of a bespoke sound system for the car. Made by leaders in sound development Bose, the 11-speaker system features a newly developed switching amp and a world first in its use of a carbon composite mounting for a new 9-inch woofer.

The mounting base delivers high rigidity and high levels of damping with no weight penalties allowing a much clearer sound to be produced from the woofer.

But Bose goes one step beyond in perfecting the system for the Egoist owner. On visiting the showroom to place the order, detailed measurements are taken from the customer and his or her ideal driving position is established. The customer's height, leg length and preferred angle of the seat backrest are then fed to the factory to ensure the speakers are placed in the optimum position to maximise sound quality. It really is a made-to-measure sound system.

Completing the Egoist package are some features pioneered on the spectacular Spec-V version introduced in 2010. These include the special six-spoke forged RAYS alloy wheels - for Egoist they have a unique 'Blue Sword' finish - and a carbon composite rear spoiler.

There's also a choice of exterior colours, some of which are shared with other GT-R models... but as befits its exclusive status, Egoist is the only GT-R available in a new colour specially created for the car: Ultimate Opal White.

And it remains as discreet as possible, the only giveaway being a subtle Egoist badge on the boot.

Although less overtly sporting than the limited edition Spec-V version, Egoist remains one of the finest performing supercars of the era. The increase in power and torque cuts the 0-100 km/h time to a remarkable 3.046 seconds while top speed is 315 km/h.

The combination of advanced electronics, including the 'R Start' mode for racing starts, and the six-speed dual clutch gearbox - operated via magnesium paddles on the steering wheel - mean that, where conditions permit, all that performance is easily within reach.

The sure-footed chassis offers unmatched traction and handling and for 2011, GT-R now has an even more compliant ride thanks to subtle revisions to the springs and dampers. Braking performance has been enhanced, too. The front discs are larger to improve their resistance to fade under continued heavy use while the forged alloy wheels wear new Dunlop tyres specially created for GT-R.

Simon Thomas said "It will appeal to a wealthy customers who appreciate the finest things in life, yet who don't want to brag.".


Performance and Specifications

  • Top speed: 193 mph
  • Acceleration: 0-60 in 3.2 seconds (with VDC off, AKA using "launch control")
  • Standing ¼-mile: 11.2 sec @ 124 mph (with VDC off, AKA using "launch control")

GT-R Test mules have been spotted on the Nürburgring, frequently alongside a 2006 Porsche 911 Turbo; speculated as being used by Nissan as a benchmark car. Sources have expressed that the car is capable of lapping the Nürburgring in the 7 minute range[11] [13] . Nissan has confirmed a Nurburgring lap time of 7 minutes 38.54 seconds, and have released a video of the lap[12][13].The tire is Bridgstone RE070. or, the run flat tire[14][15].Nissan is reportedly going after the lap record of the Porsche Carrera GT.[16]

The GT-R has undergone road testing around the southwest United States, with sightings in New Mexico[17] and California. As was the case in the Nurburgring, the car was followed by a 911 Turbo. The GT-R has also been sighted doing laps at Infineon Raceway and Laguna Seca. At Laguna Seca, the GT-R posted an unofficial lap time of 1 minute 39.62 seconds, a time marginally faster than the 911 Turbo following it which was timed at 1 minute 39.89 seconds[18]

Previous generations:

See Nissan Skyline

Between 1969 and 1974, and again between 1989 and 2002, Nissan produced a high performance version of its Skyline range called the Nissan Skyline GT-R. This car proved to be iconic for Nissan and achieved much fame and success on road and track. The Nissan GT-R, although no longer carrying the "Skyline" badge, has heritage in the Nissan Skyline GT-R. Like the Skyline GT-Rs R32 through R34, the Nissan GT-R is all-wheel drive with a twin-turbo 6 cylinder engine; however, the evolutionary, incremental changes between Skyline models R32 through R34 have been done away with. The four-wheel-steering HICAS system has been removed, and the former straight-6 RB26DETT engine has been replaced with a new V6 VR38DETT. Because of the GT-R's heritage, the chassis code for the all-new version has been called CBA-R35, or 'R35' for short (where CBA is the prefix for emission standard), carrying on the naming trend from previous Skyline GT-R generations. The GT-R has also retained its Skyline predecessor's nickname "Godzilla".


see also Nissan GT500 GT-R for more details
see also Nissan GT-R GT1 for more details

The GT-R has also been selected as safety car in the 2010 and 2011 seasons of the British Superbike Championship (BSB).


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Design quirks and oddities

The Nissan GT-R (in different variations) appears in the following videogames:

The GT-R Concept from the 2001 Tokyo Motor Show is featured in Project Gotham Racing 3, Gran Turismo Concept, Gran Turismo 4 Prologue and Gran Turismo 4. The 2005 GT-R Proto is currently set to appear in at least two video games:

  • Need for Speed: ProStreet - the GT-R Proto was revealed on the first car list, and is also the poster car for the game.
  • Gran Turismo 5 Prologue - the GT-R Proto '05 has been seen in a number of videos promoting the game and is featured in the free playable demo, but only as an AI (opponent) car. The GT-R '07 "Black Mask" version (with black tape on the bumpers, the only parts drastically changed from the Proto) was playable in the demo, until it was veiled a day before the wraps officially came off at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show, at which time the production version became playable instead. Gran Turismo creators Polyphony Digital were themselves involved in the development of the GT-R, having been contracted to design the GT-R's multifunction display[19].

Additionally, both games debuted the production GT-R in-game (via downloadable demos) on the same day the real vehicle debuted.[20][21]

Blendtec engineer Tom Dickson had recently bought himself a Nissan GT-R and he wanted to see if his car can compare with the speed of a Blendtec blender. He put in toy cars with distinct attributes of the GT-R such as a Corvette because of the power and speed, a Porsche for its agility and braking and finally, a Ferrari Enzo for its sexy styling. The blades of the blender travelled at 340 mph, faster than the maximum speed (180 mph) Tom managed to do in his GT-R. [14]


  • Automobile Magazine - 2009 Automobile of the Year [15]
  • Evo Magazine - Car of the Year 2008 [16]
  • Edmunds - 2009 Edmunds' Inside Line Editors' Most Wanted Awards: Instant Classic [17]
  • Motor Trend - 2009 Motor Trend Car of the Year [18]
  • Popular Mechanics - Automotive Excellence Awards 2008 (Design) [19]

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