Although grey areas are starting to show, the new 2018 Nissan GT-R still manages to offer an easy-to-drive nature and an Olympian powertrain that holds plenty of appeal. Highlights for 2018 include a very high handling limit, and a stupefying acceleration. Its release date should be expected sometime in the latter half of 2018.
Ever since the GT-R arrived on our shores seven years ago, it has consistently embodied the concept of maximizing bang for your back, which is a rarity in the automobile world. The same is true even for the new 2018 model that promises to offer a supercar performance that should be able to make both the Audi R8 and the 911 Turbo run for their money.
Then, you only needed about $70,000 for a 485-hp model, but as Nissan has continued to improve and better the performance and standing of the GT-R on the market so has the price continued to rise and now reigns in the region of six figures.
Upon entering its interior, you’ll realize the GT-R combines user-friendly controls and a driver-oriented cockpit which you’d normally expect from a sport coupe. Also, the column-mounted shift paddles and well-bolstered seats make it easy for the driver to focus his attention on the business at hand. Everything is intricately placed where it should be and within easy reach.
Getting in and out of the GT-R is a snap, unlike some cars with similar performance. The doors and long and the seating position relatively high. The front seats are comfortable and offer good support and are surprisingly relaxing even for an occasional road trip. And opting for the Nismo and Black Edition models will offer even more seat bolstering suited for an aggressive driving.
Driving the GT-R is another interesting aspect. Chucking it into a corner, any corner, and it sticks through the bend and rockets out the other side effortlessly. Even with so many desirable features, nitpicking has yielded several idiosyncrasies. The GT-R doesn’t evoke the same kind of passion as other exotics, the Nismo model is offered with a very big price premium, the road noise is intrusive, and the transmission has a clunky around-town behavior.
That said, few rivals are offered for the new 2018 Nissan GT-R. They include the Porsche 911 Carrera S, Dodge Viper, Aura NSX, and the Corvette Z06.
Available Trims – 2018 Nissan GT-R
Three trim levels – Black Edition, Premium, and Nismo – are offered for the four-passenger 2018 Nissan GT-R coupe.
Exterior Changes & 2018 Nissan GT-R Interior Review
The GT-R Premium – the base model, offers standard features such as LED adaptive headlights, power driver seat (eight way), Brembo brakes, heated front seats, LED running lights, a 7” touchscreen display, an active-noise activation system, an adaptive suspension, an 11-speaker audio system, a navigation system, satellite radio, a four-way power front passenger seat, keyless entry and ignition, summer-rated tires, 20” forged wheels, simulated suede upholstery, a CD player, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a rearview camera, and automatic dual-zone climate control.
The GT-R Black Edition adds unique black and red interior trim, rear spoiler (carbon fiber), black alloy lightweight wheels, and Recaro front sport leather seats.
Finally, the GT-R Nismo adds an even more potent engine, a titanium exhaust system, a solid suspension tuning, body reinforcements, unique interior trim, and aerodynamic upgrades. Of course more details such as packages, interior trim colors, and standalone options should be expected on its release date.
2018 Nissan GT-R Engine Specs
Inspiration for the 2018 Nissan GT-R 3.8L turbocharged V6 engine that lies beneath its hood. A six-cylinder then takes the power generated – 550 hp and 463 lbs. ft. of torque – to the advanced all-wheel drive system.
The performance-themed Nismo model gets a tweaked version of this V6 that is able to churn out about 600 hp and 481 lbs-ft. of torque. Zipping from 0-60 mph only needs under 3.2 seconds. EPA fuel economy numbers are estimated to be around 16/22/19 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
2018 Nissan GT-R Release Date & Price
The GT-R Coupe should be expected to go for sale for an MSRP starting from $101,770, and $149,990 for the GT-R Nismo. Rumors allege it should be available in dealerships sometime in the latter half of 2018.