Nissan seems to have realized that it had done a great injustice to numerous GT-R enthusiasts by continuously hiking the model’s price beyond their reach. When the GT-R made its initial debut in 2008, it only carried a starting MSRP of under $80,000. Many enthusiasts were awed by the pricing as they could finally afford a car that rivaled more exotic super and hypercars that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars more. The GT-R answered the dream of many people to own a supercar but when Nissan realized the immense demand the car generated, the automaker hiked the price year after year. Since 2014, even the base model had crept well over $100,000 making it out of reach of many would-be buyers. Other automakers realized the success of the GT-R and soon crafted their own models and soon the GT-R began losing its previous aura; the new models were even cheaper. To take the model to its former glory Nissan has decided to cut the GT-R prices for the 2018 model year. In a recent release, the automaker announced a new base trim christened “GT-R Pure” which has an MSRP of $99,990. Although it is still not as cheap as it used to be, at least more buyers can now afford the model. The 2018 Nissan GT-R is available in Pure, Premium, Track Edition and Nismo trim levels.
Styling across trims
The exterior design of the 2018 Nissan GT-R is almost unchanged but features a few updates including a new grille that channels more cooling air to the V-6 lurking under the model’s hood, an enhanced chin spoiler, a redesigned C-Pillar to reduce turbulence on the sides and rear as well as horizontal sill plates. The rear diffuser has also been revised. Inside, designers moved shift paddles to the steering wheel away from the column. Nissan has also added an 8.0-inch touch-screen that has triple control redundancy.
In order to cut the price of the new Pure trim by around $10,000 compared with the Premium trim, Nissan did away with the11-speaker Bose sound system, the much lighter titanium exhaust system, active sound enhancement system as well as the active noise cancellation system. These features are standard on the Premium trim.
The Track Edition GT-R enters its second year in production. The model still uses the Nismo-tuned suspension, 20-inch wheels also borrowed from the Nismo and a dry carbon-fiber spoiler at the rear. Inside, the Track Edition has Recaro leather seats which come in black and red. However, the Track Edition is powered by the same 3.8 L engine that produces 565 hp.
The Nismo whose production is limited has a specially tuned suspension and uses carbon fiber on side sills, rear spoiler and both fascias. The cabin of the Nismo has Recaro seats with a synthetic suede accenting.
All trims including the new GT-R Pure come with Apple CarPlay as standard. Only the Pure and Premium trims have an option for an All-Weather Package while one can also add hand-stitched seats and black “Kuro Night” interior theme for the GT-R Premium.
2018 Nissan GT-R Engine and performance
The GT-R is still powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.8 L, V-6 that churns out 565 hp at 6,800 rpm and 467 pounds-ft of torque from as low as 3,300 rpm. The mill mates to a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic system. The GT-R Nismo still produces 35 hp more than its siblings at 600 hp. There are no major mechanical changes for the 2018 GT-R.
Although the automaker did not release actual performance figures, the models take around 3 seconds to reach 60 mph with the Nismo completing the run in less than 3 seconds.
Price and release date
As said earlier, the GT-R is now cheaper courtesy of a new base trim dubbed GT-R Pure. This 2018 Nissan GT-R has an MSRP of sub $100,000 at $99,990 although adding $1,695 delivery charges takes the price slightly above the $100,000 mark. Next in line, the GT-R Premium attracts a price of $110,940 while the Track Edition fetches $128,490. The most powerful of them all, the GT-R Nismo will set you back $175,490. The GT-R is already available for sale in Nissan dealerships.