2021 Nissan GT-R

MSRP $113,540 - $145,540

Ranked #5 in Midsize Coupe

8.2

Overall Rating

2021 Nissan GT-R Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 3, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Nissan GT-R is the object of thousands of boyhood posters, and the physical realization of a dream had by children and adults alike. Hailing from the revered sports coupe lineup of Nissan is the GT-R, a coupe of blistering performance as a result of exquisite engineering, making it a fitting successor to the Skyline range. Using a V6 engine to achieve a sub-three second 0 to 60 timing is an example of its rapid acceleration combined with near-perfect weight distribution for one of the easiest cars to drive fast in. 

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Pros

Breakneck acceleration

Inch-perfect handling and driving dynamics

Snappy quick AWD

Cons

Expensive due to R&D costs, lacks a premium/luxury feel that rivals provide

Aging design in a fast-moving automobile segment

Useful but unimpressive looking interiors 

What's New?

Nissan has rescinded the limited edition Track and 50th Anniversary, models

New paint option - Bayside blue


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$113540

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

top speed

205 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

232 cu.in.

horsepower

565 hp @ 6800 rpm

torque

467 lb-ft @ 3300 rpm

transmission

6 speed Dual Clutch

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

15.3/15 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

109.4 in.

length

185.4 in.

width

74.6 in.

height

53.9 in.

curb weight

3933 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

79 cu ft.

cargo volume

8.8 cu ft.

payload capacity

794 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

2.9 sec.

zero to 100 mph

6.9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

11.2 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Premium$113,540 onwards

Track Edition$145,540 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Nissan GT-R in Adriatic Blue color
Adriatic Blue

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

9.9

Fuel Economy

6.5

Interior

7.5

Exterior

8.6

Safety

7.2

Competition

9.6

8.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.2

Overall Rating


Even the most experienced track drivers say the Nissan GT-R takes care of a lot that the driver is supposed to, due to its impeccable handling and driving dynamics. It goes up against competition that has received numerous updates to be able to rival the performance offered by the 2021 Nissan GT-R, a car that has remained pretty much the same for over a decade. The competition includes revolutionary performance coupes like the Audi R8, Acura NSX, and the Porsche 911 Turbo.

2021 Nissan GT-R Coupe Front Angle View
2021 Nissan GT-R Coupe Rear Angle View

9.9/10
Engine and Performance

6.5/10
Fuel Economy

7.5/10
Interior

8.6/10
Exterior

7.2/10
Safety

9.6/10
Competition


2021 Nissan GT-R Features

The 2021 Nissan GT-R comes in two trim levels: Premium and Nismo. The Nismo variant as you must know is the GT-R in a higher tune for improved performance over a more sober Premium variant. The acceleration in both is quick, but the Nismo variant is two-tenths of a second quicker than the Premium variant from 0 to 60, and offers a more track-friendly package, while the Premium trim offers a slightly more daily driver experience. 

Trim

Premium

Nismo

MSRP (FWD)

$115,135

$212,335

Key Features

Twin-Turbo 3.8L V6

In addition to/replacing Premium trim features with:

 

Leather Upholstery

Multi-zone climate control

 

Bose Premium Sound System

Carbon fiber roof

 

6-Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic Transmission

Brembo brakes

 

Nissan GT-R Sport seats

Launch control

 

Programmable multi-function display

Tuned 3.8L Twin Turbo V6

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration

R-mode for track days 

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While the Nismo trim looks like it offers everything a GT-R should in a more aggressive package, the price difference between the Premium and Nismo variants is inexplicable, and the latter variant only makes sense for those looking to beat supercars on track day. The GT-R is otherwise best enjoyed in the Premium guise for its excellent performance combined with daily driveability.

2021 Nissan GT-R Engine and Performance

9.9/10

The Nissan GT-R is powered by the same handcrafted engine the sports coupe came with when it was unveiled in 2009. The twin-turbo V6 engine displaces 3.8L and has output figures to the tune of 565 horsepower and 467 lb-ft of torque. These are detuned figures that sure do increase the longevity of such engines, even though the Nismo variant isn’t tuned to the true limits of the engine internals. 

2021 Nissan GT-R Coupe In Acceleration Mode

The engine comes mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission that isn’t the quickest shifter or the most decisive gearbox but still provides the best possible acceleration at any given point in time. It’s very hard to catch the gearbox off-guard under normal driving conditions, although it has a tendency to hold a lower gear which might end up catching you off guard. 

Models

2021 Nissan GT-R Premium

2021 Audi R8

2021 Acura NSX Coupe

2021 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe

MSRP

$113,540

$169,900

$159,300

$170,800

Engine

3.8L Twin-Turbo V6

5.2-liter NA V10

3.5L Twin Turbo V-6

3.8L Twin-turbo Boxer 6

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

6-speed Dual-Clutch Automatic

7-speed S-Tronic automatic

9-Speed Dual-Clutch

8-Speed automatic PDK

Power (hp @ RPM

565 hp @ 6,800 rpm

562hp @ 8100 rpm 

573hp @ 6,500 rpm

572 hp @ 6,750 RPM

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

467 lb-ft @ 3,300 rpm

406 lb-ft @ 6400 rpm

476 lb-f t@ 2,000 rpm

553 lb-ft. @ 2,100 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

2.9 sec

3.2 sec 

2.7 sec 

2.9 sec 

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

11.2 sec

11.5 sec 

11.1 sec 

11.3 sec 

Top-Speed (MPH)

196

196

191

191

When it comes to superiority on paper, the Nissan GT-R finds itself matched by its rivals in various areas. Its blistering quick 0 to 60 is bested by the hybridized Acura NSX, while its top speed is matched by the Audi R8, housing a V10 that produces the lowest power in the segment. The NSX powertrain is the most powerful of all, while the Porsche 911 Turbo produces the most torque. 

The Nissan GT-R finishes a standing quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds but finds itself beaten by the 2021 Acura NSX. It is a noteworthy achievement for the Nissan GT-R to post-performance figures that can compete against the competition of today, especially when it’s on underpinnings over a decade old. 

How well does the 2021 Nissan GT-R handle?

The handling characteristics of the Nissan GT-R are so mesmerizing, that the car can get slightly boring for thrill-seeking drivers. The transmission and drivetrain do such a good job of perfectly utilizing the immense horsepower available, leaving little room for driving errors. Moreover, the lightning-quick traction control prevents you from driving at the limits of the performance coupe, and the 2021 Nissan GT-R makes it nigh-impossible to get to its limits, let alone push them.

The suspension is tightly strung, and while it isn’t a back-breaker, the GT-R can punish you for going over broken roads. Ride quality is exactly what you’d expect of a performance coupe of this caliber. It isn’t the most comfortable highway tourer but the effortless driving manners make it a wonderful car to tour around in nonetheless.

2021 Nissan GT-R Braking performance 

The 2021 Nissan GT-R is an unparalleled track weapon, especially in its Nismo trim. In the Premium trim guise, the GT-R is still an incredibly competitive car when it comes to track timings, but it isn’t as well suited to back-to-back track runs as the Nismo variant which has Brembo ceramic coated brakes.

2021 Nissan GT-R Coupe Brakes

The 16.1” and 15.4” brake rotors on the front and rear wheels of the 2021 Nissan GT-R Premium do an excellent job of providing decelerative forces in bulk, allowing for a 60 to 0 timing of 94 feet.

Models

2021 Nissan GT-R Premium

2021 Audi R8

2021 Acura NSX Coupe

2021 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

16.1

14.4

14.5

16.1

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

15.4

14.0

14.2

15.4

Curb Weight (lbs)

3933 lbs

3737 lbs

3878 lbs

3517 lbs

60-0 (feet)

94 ft

96 ft

103 ft

99 ft

Despite being on the heavier side of the segment, the 2021 Nissan GT-R manages the best braking figures in the segment, even without the high-performance Brembo brakes. Rivals fail to match the 60 to 0 figure posted by the GT-R, although the Audi and Acura coupes use smaller brakes to great effect in achieving the kind of figures that they manage. Despite being the lightest and housing the largest brakes in the segment, the 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo stops from 60 to 0 over a distance of 99 feet.

2021 Nissan GT-R Fuel Economy

6.5/10

Judging by the 2021 Nissan GT-R’s affinity for high speeds, you’d expect the engine to be a rev-ecstatic engine that doesn’t know what the economy even is. While this is partially true depending on how you treat the throttle, the engine is at an altogether different level of refinement. Being a V6 engine, it does better than its V10 and V8 competitors, although its revvy nature gets in the way of it beating fellow six-cylinder engines. The Nissan GT-R manages 16 mpg in urban limits and 22 mpg out on the highways, which leads to a combined mpg figure of 19.

Models

2021 Nissan GT-R Premium

2021 Audi R8

2021 Acura NSX Coupe

2021 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe

MPG (City)

16

13

21

19

MPG (Highway)

22

20

22

24

MPG (Combined)

18

16

21

21

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

19.5 gallons

21.9 gallons

15.6 gallons

17.6 gallons

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

312/429/351 

285/438/350 

328/343/335 

334/422/369 

The V10 in the Audi R8 provides expectable mpg figures at 13 and 20, leading to a combined 16 mpg. The 2021 Acura NSX has a hybrid powertrain that enables great fuel economy in the city, while the V6 engine is refined enough to provide 22 miles per gallon on the highway. The Porsche 911 Turbo does well to extract 24 miles per gallon from its six-cylinder engine on the highway.

2021 Nissan GT-R Interior

7.5/10

The 2021 Nissan GT-R interiors went from being futuristic at the time of its release, to archaic in today's automobile sector. The analog instrument cluster is a call-out to older cars, but the digital instrument clusters in newer cars make the interiors of rivals much more exciting to be in.

2021 Nissan GT-R Coupe Seats

The 2021 Nissan GT-R still boasts spot-on ergonomics and a very usable cabin, as a result of sport seats that do an excellent job of holding you in place, especially around a track. The front seats are roomy enough, due to the lack of room in the rear seats, which do an excellent job of doubling as storage space, apart from being a suitable seating space for only children. 

Models

2021 Nissan GT-R Premium

2021 Audi R8

2021 Acura NSX Coupe

2021 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe

Seating Capacity

4

2

2

4

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

38.1/54.3/44.6

39.0/55.0/40.9

38.3/57.7/42.9

39.4/55.6/39.2

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

33/50/26.4

N/A

N/A

N/A

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

8.8

8

4.4

4.5

Despite an uninvited rear row of seating, the 2021 Nissan GT-R is one of the most practical vehicles in its segment. The 8.8 cubic feet of storage space is double what some competitors offer in the segment. The 2021 Nissan GT-R also offers segment-leading amounts of front legroom, along with competitive headroom and shoulder room too. 

The Audi R8 and Acura NSX offer only one seating row, making the Audi less practical than the Nissan GT-R despite having similar cargo capacity, and the Acura doesn’t exactly do itself any favors offering 4.4 cubic feet of storage space. Interior features to look out for in the 2021 Nissan GT-R:

  • Multi-zone climate control
  • Leather upholstery
  • Sport seats
  • Programmable multi-information display

2021 Nissan GT-R Infotainment System

The infotainment in the 2021 Nissan GT-R is along the lines of what you would expect from a car released in 2009. There isn’t an apparent focus on the infotainment, and the performance maniacs over a Nissan made sure to keep even the weight of the speaker system in check. 

2021 Nissan GT-R Coupe Infotainment System

Nevertheless, the system has been upgraded since its first model year, and now offers quality through a Bose speaker system and an infotainment software that supports Apple CarPlay. The Nissan GT-R touchscreen doubles as a customizable multi-information display, which is very practical for driving focused owners for the vast array of information it can provide. Highlights of the infotainment include:

  • Rearview monitor
  • Apple CarPlay integration
  • 8 programmable multi-information display
  • Bose speaker system

2021 Nissan GT-R Exterior

8.6/10

The 2021 Nissan GT-R is rarer than any of its competition when it comes to being spotted on the roads. For those who don’t know their vehicles too well, spending over $100k on a Nissan doesn’t really add up.

2021 Nissan GT-R Coupe Front Angle View

Regardless of whether you know your cars, the Nissan GT-R has an unmistakable appearance and a head-turning one at that. The low-slung performance coupe screams ‘high-speed’ in its aerodynamic shape and aggressively styled fascia. 

Models

2021 Nissan GT- R Premium

2021 Audi R8

2021 Acura NSX Coupe

2021 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe

Curb Weight (lb)

3933 lbs

3737 lbs

3878 lbs

3517 lbs

Length (inches)

185.4

174.3

176.1

177.4

Width (inches)

74.6

76.4

87.3

74.0

Height (inches)

53.9

48.8

47.8

51.1

Ground Clearance (inches)

4.3

4.3

3.7

4.2

Wheelbase (inches)

109.4

104.4

103.5

96.5

The 2021 Nissan GT-R has all the characteristics of a performance hungry sports car, one that is capable of rivalling supercars in terms of performance. The wheelbase might be longer than its rivals, but the ground clearance and height are both indicators of its speedy nature. The NSX is the widest vehicle in the segment, and has the lowest ground clearance in the segment too, making it a nightmare to drive through a pothole infested road. Standout exterior features of the 2021 Nissan GT-R include:

  • Carbon fibre roof
  • Brembo brakes
  • Hand formed titanium exhaust
  • Covered underbody for aerodynamic efficiency 

2021 Nissan GT-R Safety

7.2/10

High speeds and safety aren’t exactly two sides of the same coin, as history has proven time and again. Nevertheless, the 2021 Nissan GT-R isn’t an unsafe car by any means. The folks at Nissan have a good idea of the fact that the driver of a GT-R is placing their lives in the hands of the company engineers, therefore the GT-R possesses sophisticated safety measures in the form of stability control and airbags to prevent mishaps when driving. Unfortunately for the high price tag of the 2021 Nissan GT-R, the NHTSA and IIHS don’t have safety ratings for the vehicle. Notable safety features include:

  • Traction Control System
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control
  • Anti-Lock Braking System
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Zone Body Construction
  • 6 advanced dual-stage airbags

2021 Nissan GT-R Competition

9.6/10

2021 Nissan GT-R vs 2021 Audi R8

The Nissan GT-R and Audi R8 are two different attempts to entice the same population of automobile fanatics. The Nissan coupe uses precision engineering to achieve the kind of performance it does, with the GT-R being a whole package of immense performance potential.

2021 Audi R8

The Audi R8 isn’t any less well-engineered, but has a more traditional approach with its naturally aspirated V10 engine. Both cars utilise accurate AWD systems to ensure optimum traction and the best track times. 

2021 Nissan GT-R vs 2021 Acura NSX 

The 2021 Acura NSX did an excellent job of calling upon the legendary NSX moniker. Back when the first NSX was released almost thirty years ago, the automobile industry was taken by storm, and Honda made Nissan look bad with their car-making prowess.

 2021 Acura NSX

With the GT-R Nissan has officially turned the tables on Honda and Acura, with their decade-old formula still competing strongly against the all new NSX, which isn’t nearly as revolutionary as its predecessor.

2021 Nissan GT-R vs 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo 

The Porsche 911 chassis is an icon when it comes to automobiles. It is famous for its aerodynamic excellence and balance. The flat-handling of the Porsche 911 comes as a result of the 911 Turbo and its exterior design.

2021 Porsche 911 Turbo

The 2021 Nissan GT-R uses a bit more technology to the same effect, although some would enjoy the more traditional approach towards performance by the Stuttgart outfit.

2021 Nissan GT-R Final Verdict

The Nissan GT-R is a legendary performance coupe. Having been around for more than a decade, it still rivals the likes of industry leading supercars that the world has to offer. While it doesn’t foray into hypercar territory, Nissan have certainly devised the winning formula when it comes to road-legal performance. For those of you looking for a track-weapon that doubles as a daily driver, the 2021 Nissan GT-R is the option for you. 

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