2019 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe

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


CARHP Editorial Updated on: November 14, 2019


Nicknamed as the Godzilla for good reason, the Nissan GT-R Nismo destroys anything coming between it and victory. NISMO stands for Nissan Motorsports and the price tag confirms supercar territory. The straight-line performance of R 35 is staggering, for enthusiast driving a GT-R is a bucket list item. The weight distribution is optimized and this car sits lower than the previous versions. The all-wheel-drive system transfers more power to the rear wheels but it can split torque depending on lateral acceleration. All this translates into a wonderful piece of automotive engineering that can be described in two words: supercar killer.

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Pros

Best in class AWD system

Superb acceleration

Sublime Handling

Value For Money

Cons

Subjective looks

Transmission is not very quick

Slouchy Multimedia system

What's New?

Minor changes in the front and rear fascia

Interior is revamped a bit


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$175540

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

top speed

200 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

232 cu.in.

horsepower

600 hp @ 6800 rpm

torque

481 lbs.-ft @ 3600 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)

63/63

dimensions

wheelbase

109.4 in.

length

184.6 in.

width

74.6 in.

height

53.9 in.

curb weight

3911 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

79 cu ft.

cargo volume

8.8 cu ft.

payload capacity

816 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

2.2 sec.

zero to 100 mph

3.4 sec.

standing ¼-mile

11.4 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 NISMO Coupe in Jet Black color  2019 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe in Pearl White color  2019 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe in Soul Red Metallic color
Jet Black

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Ratings

Engine And Performance

8.0

Interior

7.5

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe NISMO

NISMO

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

$175,540


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 6AM) Starting at $175,540 MSRP (16/18/22) 600 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


Winning races from Japan to Le Mans and Dakar to Daytona, dedicated innovations have made the Nissan GT-R NISMO a dominant force. The awe-inspiring 600 HP engine and superlative control make it a dominant supercar. AWD and sinister-looking aero package keep the Nissan hugged to the roads. The handling improves upon the regular GT-R, with better tires and an upgraded suspension that grants the driver more speed when pulling into a hairpin.

The 2019 Nissan GT-R Nismo faces a multitude of competition like the German-made green beast Mercedes-Benz AMG GT-R and Porsche 911 Turbo in this segment. All the cars produce a gargantuan level of horsepower and have racing pedigree developed on tracks. Even the American Corvette ZR1 lets itself in on the action. Let’s see if the NISMO can rise on top.


 

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2019 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Features

The Nissan GT-R reaches up to $175,490, which is almost twice the price of the base trim but it is still a bargain-priced supercar of this decade. Be prepared as it will be produced in limited 400 units which speak of exclusivity. The engine produces 30 more horsepower than the base variant and the suspension is tuned with race precision. The rough edges of sheet metal are toned down and lines are more fluidic.

Model Nissan GT-R Nismo
MSRP $175,490
Key Features 3.8 liter Twin Turbo V 6
  Carbon fiber front fascia
  Carbon fiber boot lid
  All-wheel-drive is standard
  GT-R NISMO Aero package
  Heated front seats
  Navigation
  Bose Audio System
  Titanium Exhaust

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The GT-R Nismo is a four-wheel, turbocharged piece of Japanese automotive culture that requires a constant need to evolve and fine-tune. Yes, it is pricey but its the best possible Godzilla you can ever get, which will most likely become the holy grail for enthusiasts after 20 years.

2019 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Engine and Performance

8.0/10

"The sprint to 60 miles-per-hour comes in just 2.7 seconds (or less) on the way to a top speed of nearly 200 mph, and with over 10 years of tinkering with the performance, the 2019 GT-R is better-sorted than ever." -The Car Connection

Engine and Transmission

The Nissan Nismo GT-R has turned the standard GT-R into a fire breathing 600 hp monster with 481 lb-ft of torque. The sweet jet-like whine comes from a big turbo that was developed out of the GT-3 racing program. The engine is the same as the VR38DETT twin-turbo unit which is found on base GTR but tuned to produce 35 hp more and an extra 14 lb-ft of torque. Optimized fuel pump and separate ignition control for each cylinder improve combustion. A factory tuned exhaust made out of Formula 1 grade titanium is lighter than standard exhaust and comes with a ballistic sound unique to titanium.

The engine is mated to a sequential 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. The shifts are quick and snappy like a true track weapon. The sequential shifting transaxle can preselect the gear for you and a dry-sump lubrication system sprays oil directly onto the gears during cornering at high speed.

Models

Nissan GT-R Nismo

Mercedes-Benz AMG GTR

Porsche 911 Turbo

Corvette ZR1

MSRP

175,490

157,000

161,800

$126,495

Engine

3.8 L Twin Turbo V6

4.0 L Biturbo V8

3.8 L Twin-Turbo Boxer 6

LT 5 Supercharged V8

Transmission

6 Speed Dual Clutch

7-speed Dual Clutch

7 speed automatic

7 speed Manual

Horsepower

600 hp @ 6800 rpm

577hp @ 6250 rpm

540 hp @ 6400

755 @6500 rpm

Torque

481lb.-ft. @ 3600rpm

502 lb.-ft. @ 1900 rpm

486lb.-ft. @1950rpm

715 lb-ft @2200rpm

The Mercedes-Benz produce produces 577hp while the 911 turbo does 540 hp, both are less in numbers in contrast to Nismo isn't visible in real-life scenarios. All the cars produce an almost similar amount of torque. The Corvette ZO6 is supercar bargain just at $80,000 and produces much horsepower than all of then you wouldn't have a GT-R, you'd be just another guy with a Corvette.

Acceleration

The Nissan GTR Nismo is quicker than supercar which costs twice as much and it can scout to 60 miles per hour in just 2.7 seconds. The terminator grade horsepower spins through an intelligent torque vectoring system and it reaches a top speed of more than 200 miles per hour. It is so fast that the riving can feel like a video game setup.

Models

Nissan GT-R Nismo

Mercedes-Benz AMG GTR

Porsche 911 Turbo

Corvette ZR1

0-60 MPH(sec)

2.7

3.5

2.9

2.85

Quarter mile(sec)

10.8

11.4

10.7

10.6

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

9.2

8.6

8.4

10.1

Trailing both the supercars is the AMG GTR which is the "slowest" in this segment while the Nissan GT-R and 911 turbo takes the first and second spot respectively. The Z06, despite superlative horsepower, doesn't do much and tails the Porsche 911 Nismo GT-R.

Ride and Handling

Nismo (Nissan Motorsports), the in-house racing team of Nissan competes in prestigious competitions like World Endurance Championship (WEC) and European Le Mans Series (ELMS), which equips the streetcars with their innovative technology. The hand-assembled 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged engine delivers exceptional performance with a deep scream from titanium exhaust. It is a brilliant road car and can turn into a track monster by a flick of a button.

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.

The rear drive-biased system can vary torque split from 0:100 to 50:50 depending on speed, lateral acceleration, steering angles, tire slip, road surface, and yaw rate. The race-inspired Bilstein adaptive dampers absorb bumps and balance the ride through uneven tarmac. The steering feels precise in a straight line and through corners. Responsive, stable and poise ironically make up the handling attributes of this Godzilla. To minimize body-roll during cornering and changes of direction, the Nissan GT-R NISMO features a 17.3 mm hollow rear anti-roll bar, which raises roll stiffness while reducing weight.

Braking

Stopping the Godzilla is an enormous task which is executed with the help of massive 15.3 inches in the front and 15.8 inches in the rear Brembo brakes. Braking on the Nismo is as good as a sports car should be; sensitive and accurate pedal feel allows stopping the coupe quickly.

Model

Nissan GT-R Nismo

Mercedes-Benz AMG GTR

Porsche 911 Turbo

Corvette ZR1

Brake Front (in.)

15.0

15.4

16.1

15.5

Brake Rear (in.)

15.3

14.2

15.5

15.3

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3911

3748

3517

3642

60-0 MPH (ft.)

98

101

95

91

The competitors have got fancy carbon rotors which the Nissan misses out and makes braking capability just average but enough to stop the GT-R on tight curves. AMG GT-R and 911 Turbo have a better bite than the Nismo. The Corvette ZR1 is the best when it comes to straight-line stops and takes just 91 feet to come to a halt.

2019 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Fuel Economy

You expect large fuel bills when you buy a supercar but not with the GT-R. The Nismo variant with 600 hp is able deliver 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. The numbers a quite good for this segment and 18 mpg combined sounds awesome.

Model

Nissan GT-R Nismo

Mercedes-Benz AMG GTR

Porsche 911 Turbo

Corvette ZR1

MPG (city)

16

15

21

16

MPG (highway)

22

20

24

23

MPG (combined)

18

17

28

19

Mercedes-Benz return similar fuel economy as the Nissan GT-R but Porsche is surprisingly efficient returning 28 MPG combined which is way more than the rivals. The Corvette is the least fuel efficient as it produces the highest amount of horsepower.

2019 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Interior

7.5/10

"The 2019 GT-R’s interior is functional by sports-car standards, but it is beginning to show its age." -Kelley Blue Book

Seating and Comfort

You expect odd ergonomics out of a sports car the cabin is refined to the level of a luxury car. The whole dashboard is covered in Nappa leather and the steering wheel is wrapped in Alcan Tara. The cabin is highly practical with unique Recaro seats with synthetic suede inserts. Interior trim features include discreet red stitching on the seats, center console, door trim, and steering wheel.

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.

Model

Nissan GT-R Nismo

Mercedes-Benz AMG GTR

Porsche 911 Turbo

Corvette ZR1

Passenger capacity

4

2

2

2

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.1/54.3/44.6

39.5/53.2/43.3

38.6/54.6/44.3

37.9/55.2/43

All of the rivals are somewhat similar in terms of interior dimensions and can seat two people in relative comfort.

Infotainment System

  • Android Auto and Apple car play
  • Active Sound Enhancement
  • Nissan Connect Infotainment System
  • 11 speaker Bose Sound System
  • Bluetooth Audio Streaming

Cargo volume

Cargo capacity is something you don't relate to a supercar. Still, you can carry a decent amount of luggage with the GTR and the trunk is pretty deep.

Model

Nissan GT-R Nismo

Mercedes-Benz AMG GTR

Porsche 911 Turbo

Corvette ZR1

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3)

8.8

10.1

4.4

10

Mercedes-Benz AMG GTR has a little bit more space than the NISMO but the 911 turbo has the least space in the rivalry.

Interior Features

  • Recaro Racing Seats
  • 6 Points Harness
  • Integrated Roll cage
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Nappa Leather upholstery

2019 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Exterior

"Despite an age now in double digits, the 2019 Nissan GT-R has aged well but isn’t as exciting to look at as other sports and supercars in its performance bracket." -The Car Connection

Design and Styling

The Nismo GT-R is based on an 11-year-old design yet it looks aggressive with all the body kits and canards, designed to improve airflow around the vehicle. The front fascia still resembles the streetcar with an enlarged V-motion grille and air ducts to collect more air. The splitter underneath has a wavy shape. However, it's more keen around the corners and more extensive onto the sides.

Nissan additionally expelled the fog lamps and their carbon-fiber encompasses, utilizing the territory to mount enormous canards that stretch out the distance to the wheels. The new hood highlights gigantic vents in the middle.

Onto the sides, the front fenders are more extensive than regular and highlight considerably more vents toward the side skirts and behind the wheels. The side skirts themselves incorporate little cooling vents before the side-leaving debilitate and stretch out nearer to the ground. Extra outlets in the back bumpers feed air to the back brakes.

The huge wing in the rear is the main element that grabs the attention. The fascia persists relatively unaltered, yet the diffuser is altogether new and significantly more intricate. We can see a few air blades on each side of the middle area. The distinctive four-ring taillights illuminate on a startup creating a dramatic experience.

Dimensions and Weight

Model

Nissan GT-R Nismo

Mercedes-Benz AMG GTR

Porsche 911 Turbo

Corvette ZR1

Curb weight (lbs.)

3911

3748

3517

3642

Length(in)

184.6

179.0

177.4

179.8

Width(in)

74.6

81.7

74.0

77.4

Height(in)

53.9

50.6

51.1

48.7

Ground clearance (in)

4.3

4.7

4.2

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

109.4

103.5

96.5

106.7

Track width (in) F/R

63/63

66.1/66.1

60.7/62.6

64.4/63.6

The Porsche 911 Turbo is the lightest among all so the feel agile on corners and same with the Mercedes-Benz AMG GTR, they also have compact dimensions. The Nissan GTR Nismo is longest among all so you can expect a spacious cabin but the Corvette ZR1 is not so nimble to drive.

Exterior Features

  • 6 spokes 20-inch RAYS Wheels
  • Carbon Fiber Rear Spoiler
  • Carbon Fiber Bonnet and Rear Lid
  • Carbo Fiber side skirts
  • Front Diffuser
  • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Led Low/High Beam Daytime Running Auto-Leveling Headlamps
  • LED Brakelights

2019 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Safety

Safety Features

  • Frontal airbags for driver and passenger
  • Side impact airbags for driver and passenger
  • Occupancy Sensor
  • In-vehicle assistance service
  • Seatbelt Pretensioners
  • Remote Keyless entry and panic alarm
  • Content theft-deterrent alarm
  • Ignition Disable
  • Low tire pressure Warning

GT-R Nismo is yet not tested for IIHS and NHTSA ratings.

2019 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Competition

Nissan GT-R Nismo Vs Mercedes-Benz AMG GTR

The Mercedes-Benz AMG GTR is a two-seat, high-performance supercar, under which a turbocharged 4.0-liter is V8 paired to a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission.

While the suspension delivers a ride quality that can be a little on the firm side, its tuning is perfect, maximizing the car's handling potential. Steering accuracy is on point and gives enormous input, and the brakes are ground-breaking enough to motivate certainty notwithstanding when going at triple-digit speeds. The gutsy V8 creates right-now quickening even in its most reduced condition of tune, alongside a blending debilitate note and 0-to-60-mph times as low as 3.5 seconds.

While the GTR Nismo equally lust-worthy, we think you'll be smitten with the way Mercedes-Benz has expertly combined performance and style in the AMG GT.

Nissan GT-R Nismo Vs Porsche 911 Turbo

For quite a long time, the 911 Turbo has been the choice of legends, and it remains so today. With an immense 540 hp on tap Exclusive model and a seven-speed double-clutch programmed doing the work, Porsche's all-wheel-drive supercar can hit 60 mph in under three seconds. Take your pick the styling is immortally ravishing, and its opulent inside makes this street rocket a bona fide joy to drive on any street, whenever.

The 911 turbo is a better handler than the Nissan GT-R and the price tag confirms its edge over the Japanese Zilla.

Nissan GT-R Nismo Vs Corvette ZR1

The ZR1 is powered by s supercharged V8 engine which puts out mind-boggling 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque. It can be equipped with either the seven-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. The top dog in the Corvette lineup is an ultimate performer and goes head to head with the GT-R Nismo. Despite the higher horsepower, the Nismo stays ahead of the Corvette in track battle and also in 0 to 60 runs. The ZO6 is not a perfect car but it brings a lot to the table and costs $ 50,000 less than the GT-R. If you want value for money goes with the Corvette otherwise enthusiast strictly opts for the Nismo.

2019 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Final Verdict

The regular GT-R can be thought of machine gun while the Nismo is a nuke. Name any other car that 10 years after its launch can compete with supercars of today and still rise on top. R35 is the perfect realization of Japanese supercar, it sounds mental, looks are functional and performs at par.

It is no longer a scalding supercar bargain like it used to be but the performance levels are impressive. Nissan GT-R set the famed nurburgring lap in 7 min 8 seconds, it continues to be weapon of choice for many teams around the world. Needless to say it has become iconic as its predecessors.