Nissan GT-R

The Nissan GT-R is a legendary performance brand for Nissan and made its first appearance as a high-performance badge for its Skyline series, formally known as the Nissan Skyline GT-R. The first Skyline GT-R, released in 1969, is a first generation that was built through 1972. A 2.0-liter DOHC S20 straight-six engine that had a max power output of 160-hp powered the modest four-door sedan. This was an impressive figure during that time and was a sign of things to come. In 1973, the second-generation GT-R was given a sleek new body shape and new features, but unfortunately, the gas crisis of the early-1970s killed any possible demand for high-performance sports cars, and thus production immediately ceased.

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About the Nissan GT-R

There was a decade long silence from the bleak and sudden end of the last produced GT-R but in 1989, Nissan decided to revive the GT-R performance brand with the Skyline R32. The success of the R32 Skyline GT-R was amazing and shocked the world with its performance and handling, winning virtually every competition and blitzing all cars in its class. In fact, many racing organizations had to pull the R32 from competing as it was on a level far beyond any performance vehicle at that time.

This particular model was given the nickname, ""Godzilla,"" and Nissan celebrated its success by releasing a ""Victory Specification"" model in 1993. More commonly known as the GT-R V-Spec, this model featured such performance enhancements as Brembo brakes and a Nismo-tuned RB26DETT engine. In 1994, Nissan introduced the V-Spec II, and in later models, the V-Spec designation gained cult status amongst motoring enthusiasts.

From 1995 to 1998, the R33 Skyline GT-R was released and used a refined but essentially identical engine. The R33 achieved similar success to its predecessor and this was when the 2.6-liter twin-turbo engine used in all GT-R models gained lots of attention and notoriety. The GT-R brand became synonymous with the RB26DETT engine, as the world finally understood where all the power was coming from.

The last official Skyline was the R34 produced during 1999 and 2002, and is widely known as one of the most favored GT-Rs ever built. It still used the RB26DETT engine but also added various technological advancements developed over the years. This model was often referred to as the ""hero car"" in popular culture and was featured in many movies, games, and other media.

In order to truly understand the current Nissan R35 GT-R, one must be familiar with the Skyline as the GT-R brand, and its image is still rooted deep within its history. The Nissan GT-R badge represents the progress that Nissan made in performance technology.

Nissan GT-R Features

The Nissan GT-R now uses the VR38DETT, a 3.8-liter twin-turbo 24-valve V-6 engine that is hand forged by an individual technician in a sterile room. It is rated at 545 hp, giving the driver a maximum speed of 196 mph. This engine is a culmination of everything that Nissan discovered with GT-R vehicles over the past 40 years. Buyers can choose between the GT-R Premium and the Black Edition, but many of the features offered in the Black Edition can be optioned on the GT-R Premium.

All Nissan GT-R models have always been all-wheel-drive cars, and the same applies with this model. It uses a high-performance 1.5-way limited slip rear differential combined with a yaw-based torque distribution. The front and rear suspension is managed by a Bilstein DampTronic system that can be adjusted electronically from inside the cabin. In addition, all four wheels are fitted with Brembo large-disc brakes that measure 15.4 inches in the front and 15 inches in the rear. Furthermore, the six-piston and four-piston front and rear brake calipers were chosen as a durable solution to handle the high horsepower.

As you may have realized, many high-end aftermarket brand-name products come as a standard feature on the Nissan GT-R, and the wheels are no exception. Super lightweight forged-alloy 20-inch rays on the front and rear help the GT-R stay sporty. It comes with Dunlop SP Sport high-performance run-flat tires as well.

Part of GT-Rs success comes from its aesthetics. Not only is it a fast car, but it is also extremely stylish and the designers at Nissan ensured that these high standards were kept consistent throughout every GT-R model. For instance, the paint is applied using an eight stage process with three layers of clear coat that is hand-polished before rolling out of the factory. Automatic on/off headlights and LED taillights also come standard, along with many other luxury features.

Nissan GT-R Evolution

The first GT-R was powered by the VR38DETT engine but rated at 485 hp. Production was limited to 1000 cars a month due to Nissan deciding to build many of its parts by hand. There were many backorders to be met worldwide as this model was a highly anticipated release.

The VR38DETT engine was built to provide the driver with 530 hp. The V-Spec version offers more torque. For the most part, everything else remained the same. However, the front bar was slightly adjusted to give the Nissan GT-R a new look.

Select a Nissan GT-R Year

2012 Nissan GT-R

Coupe, Sports


For 2012, the GT-R receives an extensive exterior refresh that lowers its resistance to the wind and integrates LED running lights into the front bumper. Under the hood, the engine benefits from better breathing with an increased output of 530 horsepower and 448 lb-ft of torque versus last year's 485 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, the interior has been upgraded with new materials, and the Black Edition, a model further upscale from the standard GT-R Premium with special RAYS wheels and a two-tone red and black leather interior, joins the lineup for 2012. Deep Blue Pearl and Jet Black join the GT-R's color palette.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $71,024

MPG
16-23
Seats
4

2011 Nissan GT-R

Coupe, Sports


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.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $63,022

MPG
15-21
Seats
4

2010 Nissan GT-R
ESTIMATED RESALE: $60,505

MPG
16-21
Seats
4

2009 Nissan GT-R

Coupe, Sports


The 2009 Nissan GT-R marked the model’s debut in the United States in 2009, and remains one of the most ambitious models to be produced in the Nissan Skyline range.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $55,447

MPG
16-21
Seats
4

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