Supercars On A $50,000 Budget: The Japanese Legend With Unlimited Possibilities


Make this Godzilla kill all.

Few cars in the world can elicit the same response from an enthusiast as the Nissan GT-R. Its arrival shocked the world as Japanese automakers had hitherto stayed away from high-performance sports cars and supercars. When the GT-R came out, nothing in the same price segment could touch it, but time has not been kind to the Japanese giant. Regardless of what some may say, the GT-R is still a beast and this one is a blank slate.

Some say that the GT-R is lifeless, that the supercar’s computers have turned the vehicle into an annoying babysitter instead of an unconcerned parent. While that may be true, the original GT-R was still an animal. The supercar came with a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 good for 480 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque. That may not seem like a lot, but all of those computers come together in the best way possible, which includes giving the GT-R the ability to get to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and hit a top speed of 193 mph. Yes, the GT-R will rip your face off in a straight line and on the track. While a new GT-R’s price tag may be out of reach for the majority of enthusiasts, this one has a more modest asking price of $40,758.

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That’s right, this 2009 GT-R Premium with only 39,164 miles is going for just $40,758. As this is $9,242 below the allotted budget of $50,000 we know exactly where the next owner should spend the extra money. Forget about spending a ton of cash tuning this GT-R to set new world records. Buy this GT-R to make it into an everyday killer. That’s where Switzer comes in to play. The Ohio-based tuning company offers enthusiasts a lot of tuning packages for the GT-R, but the one to have is the P600. This package raises the performance of the GT-R to 600 hp and roughly 525 lb-ft of torque.

The increase in performance is due to Switzer’s ECU calibration, a Cobb v3 AccessPort, Switzer SS102 lightweight stainless steel sport exhaust system and high-flow drop-in air filters. That’s a massive increase over the stock output. Better yet is the P600 package’s price of just $5,995, which still gives the new owner $3,247 of wiggle room before hitting the $50k budget. We knew the GT-R was depreciating, but we didn’t know the supercar had become this affordable. A GT-R is already an amazing car, but add a Switzer package and you’re on the way to something incredible.