2018 Nissan GT-R

MSRP $99,990 - $128,490

Ranked #1 in Coupe

7.6

Overall Rating

2018 Nissan GT-R Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 26, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2018 Nissan GT-R is one of the best supercars with the least drama, and an entry price as low as $100,000. With a handbuilt 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6, and all-wheel-drive, the 2018 GT-R is a performance bargain, thanks to the entry of new base trim, Pure. The sports coupe offers plenty of performance without compromising comfort and convenience.

The 2018 GT-R carries over last year’s major updates like a 20 horsepower bump, revised exterior, and interior styling, a bigger infotainment screen, and a more refined powertrain with better insulation. The GT-R offers Apple CarPlay as standard fitment and a black interior trim package is newly available. Let's find out how the Nissan GT-R fairs against competitors like the Audi R8, Mercedes-AMG GT, and Jaguar F-Type SVR.

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Pros

Faster and better acceleration than the rivals

Long list of premium amenities

Superb handling and braking

Cons

Noisy engine, especially on low speed

Cramped rear seats

What's New?

Addition of new low-priced Pure trim

NissanConnect infotainment system gets Apple CarPlay


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$128490

bodystyle

dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

top speed

200 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 Automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

capacity

passenger volume

79 cu ft.

cargo volume

8.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

17450 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

2.9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

11.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/18/22 mpg

highway range

429.0 mi.

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

Pure$99,990 onwards

Premium$110,490 onwards

Track Edition$128,490 onwards

Colors and Styles

2018 Nissan GT-R in Blaze Metallic color
Blaze Metallic

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

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

9.9

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

6.6

Exterior

8.0

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.6

Overall Rating


The Nissan GT-R, popularly known as Godzilla is a decent luxury sports car, but the most intriguing fact about this coupe is its amazing all-around performance and a brawny engine. It will give you a supercar-like acceleration but lacks the opulence of some of its rivals. For 2018, the Nissan GT-R gets a new base trim level, namely Pure, slotting below the Premium trim.

The GT-R competes with European sports cars like Audi R8, Mercedes-AMG GT, and Jaguar F-Type SVR, all of them are pricier options though than the Nissan. The 2018 GT-R’s five-year costs of ownership which include gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are estimated at around $45,990.


8.0/10
Features

9.9/10
Engine and Performance

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.6/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior


2018 Nissan GT-R Features

8.0/10

The 2018 GT-R is Nissan's flagship supercar which is available in four trim levels: Pure, Premium, Track Edition, and Nismo. All four trims come with a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine and all-wheel drive. The GT-R Nismo (reviewed separately) ups the ante with more horsepower than in the lower trims.

The GT-R's base price starts at $99,990 for the Pure trim and comes well-equipped with a lot of high-tech features. The GT-R Premium begins at $110,490 and adds an 11-speaker Bose audio system with active noise cancellation, an active sound enhancer, and a titanium exhaust system. The Track Edition model costs $128,490 and gets improved body rigidity, a NISMO-tuned suspension, 20-inch NISMO forged alloy wheels, NISMO-specific tires, Recaro front bucket seats, and a carbon fiber rear spoiler.

Trims Pure Premium Track Edition
MSRP (AWD) $99,990 $110,490 $128,490
Key Features 8-inch touch screen Includes Pure features plus: Includes Premium features plus:
  20″ Super-lightweight forged-alloy RAYS wheels Titanium exhaust with Exhaust Sound Control. NISMO-tuned suspension.
  Brembo braking system. Bose audio system. Dry carbon-fiber rear spoiler.
  NissanConnect infotainment system Active Noise Cancellation/Active Sound Enhancement. NISMO black 20″ super-lightweight forged-alloy wheels.
  Bilstein suspension system Titanium exhaust with sound control Black/Red Recaro leather-appointed front seats.

We Recommend:

For most Shoppers, the GT-R Pure model is the best choice considering the loaded technology features and the standard 565 hp powertrain. If you want more power, jump to high-performance NISMO trim.

2018 Nissan GT-R Engine and Performance

9.9/10

"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." – Autotrader

2018 GT-R Engine and Performance

All 2018 GT-R models are powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine paired to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. On The GT-R Pure, Premium, and Track Edition trims, the engine gets 565 horsepower and 467 pound-feet of torque while the same engine is tuned to generate 600 hp and 481 lb-ft. on the NISMO trim. All-wheel-drive standard across the lineup.

The Twin-turbo V6 powering the GT-R is a formidable beast and has power for every driving situation. The Nissan GT-R sprints from zero to 60 mph in under three seconds and with the launch control activated just floor the gas pedal.

Models 2018 Nissan GT-R 2018 Audi R8 2018 Mercedes AMG-GT 2018 Jaguar F-Type SVR
MSRP $99,990 $164,900 $124,400 $121,900
Engine 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged 24-valve V6 Gas engine 5.2-liter FSI dual-injection V10 Gas engine Handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 bi-turbo Gas engine 5.0-liter 8-cylinder Gas engine
Drive Train AWD AWD RWD AWD
Transmission 6-speed automatic 7-speed automatic 7-speed automatic 8-speed automatic
Power 565 hp @ 6,800 RPM 540 hp @ 7,800 RPM 469 hp @ 6000 RPM 575 hp @ 6500 RPM
Torque 467 lb-ft @ 5,800 RPM 398 lb-ft @ 6,500 RPM 465 lb-ft @ 1700 RPM 516 lb-ft @ 3,500 RPM
0-60 MPH 2.9 sec 3.5 sec 3.9 sec 3.5sec
Quarter mile 16 sec @ 120.0 mph 10.9 sec @ 129 mph 11.4 sec @ 127.6 mph 11.2 sec @ 126.3 mph
60-0 MPH (ft.) 94 96 96 N/A

The Jaguar F-Type SVR comes powered by a 5.0-liter 8-cylinder Gas engine that churns out 575-hp while the Audi R8 makes 540 hp. The GT-R is only behind the F-Type SVR in terms of horsepower but the NISMA with 600 hp even surpasses that to be the most powerful and cheapest sports car in the segment. The Nissan equips the GT-R with a standard Brembo brake system, limited-slip differential, perfect steering, and all-wheel drive, making it a track-ready sports car tuned for racing.

In emergency braking tests, the GT-R needed just 94 feet to stop from 60 mph, which is best-in-class performance. In terms of handling the GT-R is sharp and handles high speeds and sharp curves with quite ease. The GT-R comes with adjustable suspension and other stability control setting that allows the car to remain stable on narrow corners and turns. The Nissan GT-R has improved over the years, but its daily driving capability is subpar in comparison to some rivals.

2018 Nissan GT-R Fuel Economy

5.0/10

The Nissan GT-R gets EAP estimated 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway, that's average in the luxury sports car segment. The GT-R's twin-turbo V-6 is a gas guzzler while the NISMO trim further drops the fuel economy estimates as it gets 600 hp.

Model 2018 Nissan GT-R 2018 Audi R8 2018 Mercedes AMG-GT 2018 Jaguar F-Type SVR
Mpg city mpg 16 14 16 15
Mpg highway mpg 22 22 21 23
Mpg combine mpg 18 17 18 18

Since it's a sports car, fuel efficiency is not a top priority with the GT-R yet its 18 mpg in combined city/highway driving is commendable. The Audi R8 manages an average of 18 mpg combined while the F-Type and AMG GT both get 18 mpg in city/highway combined driving.

2018 Nissan GT-R Interior

6.6/10

"The GT-R's cockpit includes some high-tech features along with many controls that are found in other Nissan vehicles" — Edmunds

2018 GT-R Seating and Comfort

For a $100,000 sports car, the 2018 GT-R's interior boasts a technology-rich cockpit, large infotainment screen, and space for four people in two rows. Upfront, the seats are roomy with more headroom, legroom, and width than most other two-door sports cars. Though there are rear seats these are tight for adults. The driver and front passenger seats are well-bolstered with ample adjustments but some might find the cushion hard.

In terms of quality of materials, most of the surfaces wear leather and soft-touch plastic. Though there are some cheap plastics in the cabin, the carbon and aluminum inlays cover them beautifully. Also, for the 2017 model, Nissan moved the shift paddles to the steering wheel column.

Model 2018 Nissan GT-R 2018 Audi R8 2018 Mercedes AMG-GT 2018 Jaguar F-Type SVR
Passenger capacity 4 2 2 2
Passenger Volume(ft cube) 79 50 86 N/A
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 38.1/54.3/44.6 38.5/55.1/40.9 39.5/-/- 36.8/56.5/42.8
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 26.4/50.0/26.4 N/A N/A N/A

There's a long list of standard features in the GT-R but overall the interior isn't as impressive as the European competitors. Interior seating features include:

  • leather upholstery with suede inserts
  • power-adjustable front seats
  • heated front seats
  • semi-aniline leather upholstery
  • Recaro leather-appointed seats
  • Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel

2018 GT-R Infotainment System

For 2018, all Nissan GT-Rs come equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen NissanConnect infotainment system that includes Apple CarPlay. The infotainment system has straightforward menus and the physical controls offer distraction-free access. Android Auto is not available, though you will get standard satellite radio, HD Radio, two USB ports, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker stereo. Higher trims include an 11-speaker Bose sound system.

Infotainment Features include:

  • NissanConnect interface with 8-inch touchscreen and navigation
  • Voice recognition
  • Hands-free text messaging
  • Satellite radio
  • Bluetooth
  • Six speakers
  • HD Radio
  • 11-speaker Bose audio system
  • Two USB ports

2018 GT-R Cargo Space

This Nissan sports coupe has an 8.8-cubic-foot trunk which is enough for everyday cargo utility. Some rivals including the 2018 Jaguar F-Type and 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT have more space. Also, GT-R's rear seats don’t fold, and the trunk has a narrow opening and tall liftover height which makes it difficult to load bulkier items.

Model 2018 Nissan GT-R 2018 Audi R8 2018 Mercedes AMG-GT 2018 Jaguar F-Type SVR
Volume (cube ft) 8.8 8.0 10.1 14.4

For small storage, the GT-R includes limited options such as medium-size cupholders, small bins, and door pockets.

2018 Nissan GT-R Exterior

8.0/10

The 2018 Nissan GT-R has distinctive tuner-world style; it’s almost restrained, by exotic-car standards. – carconnection

2018 GT-R Design and Styling

The 2018 GT-R carries over its revised styling which hasn't changed much but modulated over the years. With a low-key stance, the GT-R is designed with a lot of flares, air intakes, spoilers, and wings. Nissan came with a wider grille upfront boasting a new finish, new front, and rear lips, and spoilers. All these help GT-R generate more downforce, certainly, the design elements are not just flashy but functional as well.

Also, the hood goes deep to further enhance the look. The standard 20-inch wheels have a fresh design and the rear vents are functional. Available in multiple colors, the GT-R looks cool in Blaze Metallic orange. Also, the Nismo and Track Edition models get a titanium exhaust system.

Model 2018 Nissan GT-R 2018 Audi R8 2018 Mercedes AMG-GT 2018 Jaguar F-Type SVR
curb weight(lbs) 3911 3737 3682 3769
Length(in) 185.4 174.3 179.0 176.0
Width(in) 74.6 46.4 76.3 74.2
Height(in) 53.9 48.8 49.6 51.6
Ground clearance(in) 4.3 4.3 4.9 3.9
Wheelbase(in) 109.4 104.3 103.5 103.2

At 109.4 inches, the GT-R's wheelbase is longer than most of its competitors. This justifies the spacious cargo and interior in the Nissan. The curb weight of the GT-R ranges from 3,911 to 3,933 pounds, which is above-average in the luxury sports class.

2018 Nissan GT-R Safety

Neither the IIHS nor the NHTSA has crash-tested the 2018 Nissan GT-R, Which has become a trend with high-end luxury cars. The Nissan GTR comes with a standard rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors. There are no available advanced safety features with the sports coupe. Nissan GT-R’s stability control system comes with different modes that maintain street traction.

Safety Features

  • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System
  • Driver and passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental airbags.
  • Roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental airbags
  • Front seat belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters.
  • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children).
  • Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones.Hood buckling creases.
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

2018 Nissan GT-R Competition

2018 Nissan GT-R VS 2018 Audi R8

The 2018 Audi R8 is one of the most balanced supercars in the segment, which is as much a track star as it is a comfortable daily driver. The GT-R's daily drivability trails Audi's comfort. Also, the Audi has better styling, and a linear V-10 unlike GT-R's flashy exterior and a twin-turbo V6.

Though the Nissan GT-R undercuts the Audi R8 by some margin but lacks the opulence of Audi's cockpit. The R8 does not offer as big cargo space as the GT-R and also the vision is obstructed. Overall performance of both the sports coupe's is great, but the GT-R creates a relatively small hole in your pocket.

2018 Nissan GT-R VS 2018 Mercedes AMG- GT

The 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT performs brilliantly on ay kind of surface and is one of the most popular sports cars. The Japanese flare of the GT-R with a twin-turbo V6, all-wheel-drive, and dual-clutch gear changes are top-notch. The Mercedes offers better styling and superb handling performance but isn't as practical as the Nissan.

The Mercedes-AMG GT starts at $$145,000 whereas the Nissan GT-R begins at $99,990. Though for the price, the Mercedes offers luxurious interiors and better technology than the Nissan. The AMG GT is not for everyday use, and Nissan GTR presents more utility and everyday driving ability.

2018 Nissan GT-R Final Verdict

In the last few years, the Nissan GT-R has improved its overall performance with more immediate power delivery and improved steering when driven hard. Though the dual-clutch transmission isn't very quick to respond to downshifts, GT-R is blistering fast. The interior comfort has improved and so is the multimedia setup, still, the cabin lacks the opulence of its European rivals. Nissan has also improved the insulation still the interior noise is persistent, but that's what we demand while racing. 

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