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2019 Nissan GT-R Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Karan Harit Content Writer Updated on: November 17, 2019


Call it GT-R or Godzilla, the Nissan Skyline R35 destroys everything coming between it and victory. First introduced in 2009, this is a car that continues to turn heads till today. The 2019 Nissan GT-R's latest iteration, while retaining the unadulterated performance of the original version, has improved upon it further with additional power, a gentle face-lift, and more polished interiors. Talk about feeding the beast even more.

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Pros

Superb acceleration

Extremely agile and grippy handling

Snappy dual-clutch shifts

Upscale interior

Cons

Not as luxurious as some rivals

Poor fuel economy

All trims get a price hike every year

What's New?

No major changes for 2019


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$99990

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

top speed

200 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

232 cu.in.

horsepower

565 hp @ 6800 rpm

torque

467 lbs.-ft @ 3300 rpm

transmission

6-speed automated manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

62.6/63

dimensions

wheelbase

109.4 in.

length

185.4 in.

width

74.6 in.

height

53.9 in.

curb weight

3929 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

79 cu ft.

cargo volume

8.8 cu ft.

payload capacity

798 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.4 sec.

zero to 100 mph

3.5 sec.

standing ¼-mile

11.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/18/22 mpg

highway range

429 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

60 months. / 60000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 Nissan GT-R in Gun Metallic color  2019 Nissan GT-R in Jet Black color  2019 Nissan GT-R in Pearl White Clearcoat color
Gun Metallic

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Ratings

Interior

7.5

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Nissan GT-R Pure

Pure

power
565 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
18 combined

$99,990


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Pure 2dr Coupe AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 6AM) Starting at $99,990 MSRP (16/18/22) 565 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.8 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
6-speed automated manual all wheel drive 4

 2019 Nissan GT-R Premium

Premium

power
565 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
18 combined

$110,540


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium 2dr Coupe AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 6AM) Starting at $110,540 MSRP (16/18/22) 565 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.8 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
6-speed automated manual all wheel drive 4

 2019 Nissan GT-R Track Edition

Track Edition

power
565 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
18 combined

$128,540


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Track Edition 2dr Coupe AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 6AM) Starting at $128,540 MSRP (16/18/22) 565 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.8 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
6-speed automated manual all wheel drive 4

Expert Review

7.8

Overall Rating


Under the hood, you get a 3.8-liter turbocharged V6 powertrain that puts out over 500 horsepower to all wheels. A six-speed transmission is mated to the engine which, combined with a limited-slip differential, assist to optimize the use of all the car's power. With a lateral grip of more than 1.0 G around corners, the Godzilla sticks to the tarmac with immense grip. Many technological gizmos like an adjustable suspension further enhance the exhilarating experience, letting even novice drivers get the most fun out on the track.

Even though it offers surreal performance, its ever-increasing price tag make its competition tougher each year. Sure, the Godzilla could take on any supercar back in the day, yet its superiority is questioned with all the new players coming into the game and the old dogs that keep getting new tricks. This year, automobiles like the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and the Jaguar F-Type have overhauled in terms of performance, giving the GT-R a run for its money around the track. Even Lexus has stepped up the game with its LC500 coupe, which offers more luxury and performance with its new version. Now that the market has stepped up, let's see if the Godzilla is still the apex predator.

2019 Nissan GT-R front view
2019 Nissan GT-R front view
2019 Nissan GT-R rear view
2019 Nissan GT-R rear view

 
 
 

7.5/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Nissan GT-R Features

The 2019 Nissan GTR comes in three trim levels namely Pure, Premium and Track Edition. All of them share a common 3.8 liter twin-turbo V6 powertrain which is rated to produce 565 hp and 464 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive is standard. Starting price for the Pure trim is $99,900, the all-new Pure base trim has a slightly lower starting price than last year's entry-level edition. The Track edition comes with some additional bits like Recaro seats, Carbon fiber spoiler, and Nismo tuned suspension. And it is not just about performance expertise. A couple of enhancements around the interior and a Bose audio system make the Nissan GT-R easy to live with on a daily basis.

Trims

Pure

Premium

Track Edition

MSRP

$ 99,990

$110,540

$128,540

Features

3.8-liter DOHC 24-valve twin-turbocharged V6

Pure plus :

Premium Plus :

 

ATTESA E-TS All-Wheel Drive (AWD) with a patented independent rear-mounted transaxle

Active Sound Enhancement

NISMO-tuned suspension

 

20" Super-lightweight RAYS forged-alloy wheels

Titanium exhaust with Exhaust Sound Control

Carbon-fiber trunk lid

 

Nissan/Brembo braking system

Bose audio system

20" NISMO black super-lightweight RAYS forged-alloy wheels

 

3.8-liter DOHC 24-valve twin-turbocharged V6

Active Noise Cancellation

Black/Red interior treatment

 

ATTESA E-TS All-Wheel Drive (AWD) with a patented independent rear-mounted transaxle

 

NISMO-tuned suspension

Black/Red interior treatment

 

20" Super-lightweight RAYS forged-alloy wheels

 

Carbon-fiber trunk lid

We Recommend

The GT-R Pure is the best bang for your buck. It comes well-equipped with performance-oriented components and a nicely appointed cabin, but it costs $10,500 less than the next step up.

2019 Nissan GT-R Engine and Performance

"At the heart of every GT-R is an extremely potent twin-turbo V6, plus a fast-shifting automated manual gearbox, a sport-tuned suspension, powerful Brembo brakes and a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system. All these elements come together to make the 2018 Nissan GT-R an extremely capable sports car." -Autotrader

Engine and Transmission

The Supercar like performance at a fraction of the price comes from a humble twin-turbocharged 3.8 liter V6 which puts out 565 hp and 467 lb-ft of torque. An IHI turbocharger is integrated into the exhaust manifold for optimized flow and efficient cooling. Engine components are created from a variety of composite materials to make it as light as possible.

2019 Nissan GT-R Engine
2019 Nissan GT-R Engine

The hand-built titanium exhaust ensures proper cooling from the massive engine output. The engine is mated to 6-speed dual-clutch transmission which helps in snappy gear shifts in just 0.15 seconds. A dry-sump lubrication system sprays oil directly onto the gears during cornering at high speed.

Models

Nissan GTR pure

Corvette Z06 1LZ coupe

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe

Ford Shelby GT350 coupe

MSRP

$99,990

$80,900

$62,995

$59,140

Engine

3.8L Twin-turbocharged V6

LT4 supercharged V8

6.2L V8 Supercharged

5.2L V8 Voodoo Naturally aspirated

Transmission

6-speed A/T with paddle shifters

7-speed M/T

6-speed manual

6-speed M/T

Horsepower

565 hp

650 hp

650 hp

526 hp

Torque (lb-ft)

467

650

650

429

Every other rival possesses a V8 powertrain and the GT-R is the only one with a v6 engine. The Corvette and Camaro produce the highest amount of horsepower but it doesn't reflect on the tarmac. The Nissan GT-R has the best power delivery while the Ford Shelby stands at last.

Acceleration

The Nissan GTR is blindingly fast in a straight line, it can sprint to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds. It covers the quarter-mile mark in 11 seconds, topping out at 196 mph. The terminator grade horsepower spins through a quick-acting all-wheel-drive setup which is exceptional.

2019 Nissan GT-R
2019 Nissan GT-R Acceleration

Models

Nissan GTR pure

Corvette Z06 1LZ coupe

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe

Ford Shelby GT350 coupe

0-60 MPH (sec)

2.9

3.3

3.5

5.4

Quarter mile (sec)

11.5

10.9

11.4

12.2

Engine

3.8L Twin-turbocharged V6

LT4 supercharged V8

6.2L V8 Supercharged

5.2L Voodoo V8

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

8.2

8.8

9.4

9.1

Most of the rivals have higher displacement powertrain yet they are slower when compared to the GTR. The Corvette Z0 6 takes 3.3 seconds followed by Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Shelby.

Ride and Handling

Press the start button on central control and the 3.8-liter v 6 turbocharged powertrain burbles to life. Responsive, stable and poise ironically make up the handling attributes of this Godzilla. The mind-numbing horsepower is put down to wheel through an electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system that operates at 0/100 front-rear bias in normal conditions but can automatically switch to up to a 50/50 split as needed. The race-tuned Bilstein Damptronic suspension reads the road ahead and provides appropriate damping force for optimum control.

The steering is very precise and the car feels very confident in corners. Based on the midship platform which places the engine farther back in the chassis and the transmission is mounted in the rear with the transfer case for better handling. The all-wheel-drive system coupled with Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) is helpful in harsh weather conditions when most supercars stay in the garage.

Braking

Deceleration is as important as acceleration when we talk about supercars, so Nissan fitted the GTR with 6-piston front and 4-piston rear calipers. The lightweight and superbly rigid caliper are created from one piece of aluminum. Its sensitive and accurate pedal feel allows stopping the coupe quickly.

2019 Nissan GT-R Wheel
2019 Nissan GT-R Wheel

Models

Nissan GTR pure

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe

Corvette ZL1

Ford Shelby GT350 coupe

Front Brake (in)

15.35

15.3

15.2

15.5

Rear Brake (in)

15

14.8

14.8

14.9

Curb Weight (lbs)

3929

3883

3825

3760

60-0 MPH (ft)

94

107

105

96

The Nissan GTR is the best when it comes to braking while the Ford Shelby despite lower curb weight tales 2 more feet. The Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette ZL1 are similar in terms of braking performance.

2019 Nissan GT-R Fuel Economy

The Nissan GTR with its turbocharged powertrain is good enough to deliver 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. You don't expect good fuel economy out of a sports car but 18 mpg combined sounds awesome.

Models

Nissan GTR pure

Corvette Z06 1LZ coupe

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe

Ford Shelby GT350 coupe

MPG (Highway)

22

27

20

21

MPG (city)

16

18

14

14

MPG (combined)

18

19

16

16

Tank cap. (gal.)

19.5

15.4

19

16

The Nissan GT-R is the most fuel-efficient because of the smaller powertrain and returns a similar number as the Camaro ZL1 Coupe. The Corvette and Ford Shelby also return 15 mpg combined.

2019 Nissan GT-R Interior

7.5/10

"Those seats, though, are my biggest pain. Literally. For the life of me, I couldn't get comfortable in these contraptions, which Nissan claims to have redesigned to provide more comfort. Instead I felt like I was sitting up against a softball." -Cars.com

Seating and Comfort

The cabin of Nissan GT-R is functional like its exterior, but it is beginning to show its age when compared to modern rivals. It can seat four people but the rear seats are much suited for kids or short individuals. The hand-stitched semi-aniline leather seats are comfortable all day long with ample amount bolstering. The legroom is good enough and getting in and out the car is effortless.

2019 Nissan GT-R Seating
2019 Nissan GT-R Seating

On the technological front, the GT-R comes with a standard analog gauge and an 8.0-inch infotainment screen. The instrument cluster and multifunctional display are designed with polyphony digital, the developers for PlayStation GT games. It monitors everything from longitudinal and lateral G-Force, engine coolant temperature, boosts pressure, steering angle and whatnot. Nissan GT-R has always been depicted as high tech wizardry thing much like a video game.

Models

Nissan GTR pure

Corvette Z06 1LZ coupe

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe

Ford Shelby GT350 coupe

Passenger Capacity

4

2

4

4

Front row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.1/54.3/44.6

37.9/55.2/43

38.5/-/43.9

37.6/56.3/44.5

Weight Distribution(F/R)

54/46 51/49 52/48 58/42

The rear seats are small, but still, Nissan takes credit for being a 4-seater car in this segment like the Chevrolet Camaro and Shelby GT 350. The Nissan GTR and Chevrolet Camaro have the most spacious front seats while the Corvette and Ford comes after them

Interior Features

  • Heated Front Sport Seats -inc: 8-way driver and 4-way passenger power front seats
  • Driver Seat -inc: Power Rear Seat Easy Entry
  • Passenger Seat -inc: Power Rear Seat Easy Entry
  • Bucket Front Facing Rear Seat
  • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
  • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
  • Leatherette Door Trim Insert w/Carpet Lower
  • Fixed Front Head Restraints
  • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Air Filtration
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning

Infotainment

The GT-R comes standard with the NissanConnect infotainment system that seamlessly links to your smartphone and with its wide 8-inch screen, the menu is familiar looking and easy to use. The kind of detail that is visible on the new screen in terms of performance is sure to satisfy every sports car nerd's dream. The GT-R also comes with an 11-speaker Bose audio system that features active noise cancellation.

2019 Nissan GT-R Infotainment
2019 Nissan GT-R Infotainment Display

The standard infotainment system consists of:

  • NissanConnect infotainment system
  • 8-inch screen
  • USB connectivity
  • Bluetooth
  • HD Radio
  • Eleven speakers Bose audio system

The optional upgrades include:

  • Navigation
  • Satellite radio

Cargo Capacity

Being a supercar there is not much space to store your belongings, still, the GT-R comes with 8.8 cubic feet of space. The rear-seats also open up and act as a cupboard for small items. You can carry a decent amount of luggage with the GTR and the trunk is pretty deep.

2019 Nissan GT-R Cargo Space
2019 Nissan GT-R Cargo Space

Models

Nissan GTR pure

Corvette Z06 1LZ coupe

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe

Ford Shelby GT350 coupe

Maximum interior cargo volume (cu.ft.)

8.8

15

9.1

13.5

2019 Nissan GT-R cockpit area
2019 Nissan GT-R cockpit area
2019 Nissan GT-R steering
2019 Nissan GT-R steering
2019 Nissan GT-R center console
2019 Nissan GT-R center console
2019 Nissan GT-R center console
2019 Nissan GT-R center console
2019 Nissan GT-R front seat
2019 Nissan GT-R front seat
2019 Nissan GT-R rear seat
2019 Nissan GT-R rear seat
2019 Nissan GT-R
2019 Nissan GT-R
2019 Nissan GT-R armrest
2019 Nissan GT-R armrest

2019 Nissan GT-R Exterior

"The 2019 Nissan GT-R gets a minor styling update, but it's still distinctively Japanese and almost restrained for the exotic car it is." -The Car Connection

Dimension and Weight

The design is always subjective and the Nissan GTR mixes form with function in a great manner. Rigorous tuning in the wind tunnel has incredibly reduced the drag coefficient to 0.26 CD which is equal to a mid-engine supercar. The grille is new and offers additional cooling to the engine with a 30 percent stiffer hood to avoid wind deflection at higher speeds.

2019 Nissan GT-R Side view
2019 Nissan GT-R Side View

Gigantic front-fender vents and chin spoiler helps to keep a check on downforce. The GTR doesn't have that look at me attitude of an Italian machine, rather it has odd angles, rounded contours and crisp edges for aerodynamic efficiency. The delicate C pillar diminishes into a vertical fence on the rear fender which is inspired by NISMO GT-R. The rear diffuser is also updated for optimum aero performance. The iconic twin taillights are synonymous with Nissan GTR.

Models

Nissan GTR pure

Corvette Z06 1LZ coupe

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe

Ford Shelby GT350 coupe

Curb weight (lbs)

3929

3524

3883

3760

Length (in)

185.4

177.9

190.2

189.6

Width (in)

74.6

77.9

75

75.9

Height (in)

53.9

48.6

52.9

54.2

Wheelbase (in)

109

106.7

110.7

107.1

Track width (in) F/R

62.6/63

63.5/62.5

63.4/62

N/A

By far the heaviest machine amongst its peers, the Nissan GT-R leads the way in terms of curb weight, at a bulky 3933 lbs. The Coupe also tops the list when it comes to wheelbase length (109.4 inches) and remains the tallest car in its class at 53.9 inches.

Exterior Features

  • Wheels: 20" RAYS Forged Aluminum
  • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
  • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
  • Rocker Panel Extensions
  • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
  • Aluminum Door Handles
  • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Power Folding
  • Speed Sensitive Variable Intermittent Wipers
  • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
  • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Led Low/High Beam Daytime Running Auto-Leveling Headlamps
  • LED Brakelights

2019 Nissan GT-R front view
2019 Nissan GT-R front view
2019 Nissan GT-R rear view
2019 Nissan GT-R rear view
2019 Nissan GT-R side view
2019 Nissan GT-R side view
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2019 Nissan GT-R
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2019 Nissan GT-R
2019 Nissan GT-R emblem
2019 Nissan GT-R emblem
2019 Nissan GT-R headlight
2019 Nissan GT-R headlight
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2019 Nissan GT-R

2019 Nissan GT-R Safety

It seems that the Nissan GT-R is still waiting to go through the crash tests conducted by the NHTSA and the IIHS. As the ratings are not available, we can't tell how well the GT-R protects its passengers. It is believed that due to the limited production numbers, the NHTSA and the IIHS didn't perform the crash tests.

However, the standard features like all-wheel drive and a rearview camera make it a safe ride. Nissan GT-R's stability control system comes with different modes that maintain street traction.

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Emergency Sos
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Pretensioners
  • RearView Monitor Back-Up Camera

2019 Nissan GT-R Competition

Nissan GT-R vs. Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Camaro ZL 1 is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine, which puts out 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. For pure performance, the Nissan GTR is the hands-down winner. The Nissan GT-R stays ahead of Camaro on a track any day. Like the GT-R the rear seats in the Camaro are impractical and are only suited for little ones. The Nissan GT-R is a clear winner in terms of overall performance.

2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Nissan GT-R vs. Corvette Z06 Coupe

The Corvette Zo6 is $ 20, 000 less than the GT-R, from a performance standpoint the GT-R is slightly quicker and more agile. The Corvette Zo6 significantly raises the performance quotient with agile handling and driving dynamics. It is as fast as the GT-R in a straight but Nissan is best when it comes to windy roads. If you supercar performance at a fraction of a price than the Corvette Z06 is for you otherwise the winner is GT-R here.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
2019 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Nissan GT-R vs. Ford Shelby GT350 Coupe

Ford Shelby GT 350 coupe is powered by a 5.2 liter 8 cylinder engine which puts out 526 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque. The Mustang is roomier than the Nissan GTR and comes with a larger trunk and a more usable back seat. It is easier to live with as well, with better visibility and a pleasant usable interior. However, the Ford Shelby GT 350 isn't as sharp as GT-R. Nissan is a clear winner when it comes to overall performance. Priced around $60,000 the GT 350 takes the crown in terms of value.

2019 Ford Shelby GT350
2019 Ford Shelby GT350

 

2019 Nissan GT-R Final Verdict

The Nissan GT-R is no longer a scalding supercar bargain like it used to be but the performance levels are impressive. It has created a sensation since its debut because of its value. Proving a perfect daily driver, the GT-R has slowly earned a good slot among the prominent performance cars. However, its competition is slowly increasing, both in number and in magnitude. It remains to be seen if the GT-R will still hold its place strongly a few years down the line.