2019 Nissan GT-R

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2019 Nissan GT-R Review: It's Not A Game Anymore

Japan's premier supercar since late in 2008, the Nissan GT-R has been one of the best luxury sports coupes in the world for over a decade now. With a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 putting out 565 horsepower and 467 lb-ft of torque, the newer revisions have done a good job of holding on to the 'supercar-killer' title. Its age has become a point of contention for many though, as fans believe it is still the ultimate all-round sports car, while detractors point out that it was technically never a 'real' supercar to begin with, and has always driven too much like a video-game. Launched way before turbocharging relatively small engines became the norm in the supercar fraternity, it lacked flair but was ultimately a ridiculously capable machine, becoming the benchmark for drag racing comparisons and lap times alike in most car tests. The 2019 model has now arrived, but is it still a canyon-carving and drag-racing monster that few can get close to?

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2019 Nissan GT-R Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2018 GT-R?

Because Nissan's engineers made the R35 GT-R so good from launch, very minor tweaks have been required for the GT-R to stay competitive over the years - a stunning feat when you consider that the normal life-cycle of most Ferraris these days rarely exceeds three or four years. With LED lighting upgrades already introduced for the last facelift, this year's version is supposedly just right, and the only change is a $50 increase in price for the mid- and top-level trims.

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Pros and Cons

  • Simply mind-blowing acceleration
  • Lightning-quick shifts
  • Real-world, daily-drivable usability
  • Capable of embarrassing almost any car on most tracks
  • Comfortable suspension setup
  • Unintimidating to drive fast
  • Price has risen substantially in recent years
  • Interior starting to feel a little dated
  • Loud, clunky transmission + lack of driver aids = annoyance in low-speed traffic

What's the Price of the 2019 Nissan GT-R?

The Pure is the cheapest model in the lineup, starting at an MSRP of $99,990, the same as last year's model. The Premium starts at $110,540, while the fully-loaded option is the Track Edition, which comes fully equipped from the factory at a sticker price of $128,540. All prices here exclude taxes and the destination charge of $1,695.

2019 Nissan GT-R Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
3.8L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
3.8L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
Track Edition
3.8L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
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2019 GT-R Exterior

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  • Length 185.4 in
  • Wheelbase 109.4 in
  • Height 53.9 in
  • Max Width 74.6 in
  • Front Width 62.6 in
  • Rear Width 63.0 in
  • Curb Weight 3,929.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Solid Red
  • Deep Blue Pearl
  • Gun Metallic
  • Jet Black Pearl
  • Super Silver QuadCoat
  • Pearl White Tricoat
  • Blaze Metallic QuadCoat, Dealer ordering only

2019 GT-R Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    3.8L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
  • Transmission
    6-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain

Handling and Driving Impressions

As alluded to when discussing the transmission, this is a car that prefers hard driving. It used to be seen as a solely digital experience, but with other manufacturers being forced down similar roads since the GT-R's original release, the Nissan now feels a little more like a raw experience than it first did. That's not to say that its stability and traction control systems are not as brilliant as ever - they are, as is its supple suspension - but the spot-welded chassis and overall rigidity of the Track version trade a hint of comfort for better performance. This is somewhat remedied by its various driving modes, which make the GT-R an all-weather weapon and a comfortable cruiser too. The Track Edition, being more focused, has a number of handling upgrades, making this version most happy when being thrashed around a track or up a mountain pass. However, on-the-limit driving, particularly when all-out attack "R" mode is activated, can catch less experienced among us out - although that limit will usually be a lot higher than most drivers' capabilities.

As a daily driver, the benefits of a rear-mounted trans-axle and 100 percent rear-wheel engagement do not detract from the GT-R's user-friendliness. That power split will automatically adjust to as much as a 50/50 split on surfaces with the least traction, while Save mode will smoothen torque delivery for better long-distance cruising or improved traction in the snow. The three driving modes also adjust the suspension dynamics, allowing for a comfy ride when you want it, while quick steering and weight distribution centered on neutrality in corners inspire confidence when you need it.

2019 GT-R Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 44.6 in
  • Front Head Room 38.1 in
  • Rear Leg Room 26.4 in
  • Rear Head Room 33.5 in

2019 GT-R Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Trunk Volume
    8.8 ft³

2019 GT-R Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: Is the 2019 Nissan GT-R A Good car?

The GT-R remains a worthy opponent for almost anything out there, thanks to its incredibly smart traction and stability control systems with almost unmatched standing acceleration. It is also the most usable supercar out there, thanks to easy cabin access, good visibility, a pair of rear seats and a decent trunk. It's all-wheel-drive system, and electronic wizardry also makes it highly capable in any weather, while flattering the average driver when the time for maximum attack comes.

However, its price climbs each year, contradicting the original ethos of an affordable supercar killer. Although there have been numerous tweaks over the years, improving on a shockingly brilliant base point, other manufacturers have caught up with many of the GT-R's key performance attributes. More importantly at this price point, the GT-R does not look special enough to truly be a supercar, and its age detracts further from the wow factor. If you want a genuinely usable, astonishingly quick supercar, this is still worth a look; but its German rivals are just as good these days, and they'll do a better job of bumping up your Instagram likes.

What Nissan GT-R Model Should I Buy?

The Pure trim is an entry-level supercar, and at less than $100k, is not a bad way to get into one of the quickest accelerating cars on the planet. The Premium model is intended to add a level of luxury and refinement not present on the Pure. The Track Edition maintains the luxury appointments of the Premium but adds focus, with only a very small sacrifice made in ride comfort.

We'd go all out and get the Track Edition - it features everything the others do but is almost as special as the pricier, more hardcore NISMO, which helps it keep up with its rivals a little better. With no packages available, it's up to you to pick a color, but we'd opt for the no-cost Solid Red.

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2019 Nissan GT-R Comparisons

Porsche 911 Turbo Porsche
Audi R8 Coupe Audi
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Nissan GT-R565 hp16/22 mpg$116,040
Porsche 911 Turbo 572 hp15/20 mpg$174,300
Audi R8 Coupe 562 hp14/23 mpg$158,600

2019 Nissan GT-R vs Porsche 911 Turbo

The GT-R set out to be a supercar beater, and it has done just that. Compared to the super sports car that is the Porsche 911 Turbo, the ol' GT-R accelerates quicker from 0-60 and has a higher top speed. It's also more practical, but arguably less of a looker. The Porsche has a design that hasn't varied much over the decades, but it looks newer and feels more special with its rear-engined layout. The Porsche is also more comfortable, has more torque, is more refined, has more features, and even gets better fuel economy. The Porsche is the sharper tool and is guaranteed to turn heads of both car people and the average Joe, while the GT-R has a more subtle appeal only appreciated by enthusiasts. We'd love to have one in our garage, but we'd probably enjoy the drive in the Porsche more. The GT-R loses here.

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2019 Nissan GT-R vs Audi R8 Coupe

When Audi launched the original R8, their public image jumped up a level. Ever since, it has built on its classic supercar MR layout with track specials and even rear-wheel-drive versions. Its looks have evolved, and somehow always manage to appear slightly futuristic while maintaining the DNA of past models. The Audi looks absolutely spectacular, and that Lamborghini-sourced V10 sounds fantastic - far better than the GT-R's acoustics. Thus, the R8 has genuine supercar credentials with its performance and wow factor. However, the GT-R has a better warranty, is supported by almost four times more dealers than the Audi, and has an incredible launch control system while the R8 has none. The R8 also does without dual-zone climate control and is far less practical, but is loaded with more tech including the incredible virtual cockpit. The GT-R handles better too, thanks in part to better weight distribution, and it gets better gas mileage. The R8 looks mega, but the GT-R is just too good on the track, dismissing the R8's supercar status almost too easily.

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