Buyer’s Guide: 2018 Nissan GT-R

Wilbert Tan

If you’re looking for a superbly fast car to drive, then you can’t go wrong with the 2018 Nissan GT-R. Boasting of more tech and features than ever and an unmistakable shape that’s designed to slice through the air like hot knife on butter, Nissan’s distinguished two-door coupe immediately makes it known–this car is geared to deliver consistent high performance and sate your need for speed at every turn.

Specification

Powered by a 3.8-liter Twin Turbo V6 engine rated at 570 horsepower and 633 Nm of torque, the 2018 GT-R comes witn an all-wheel-drive system that sends power to all four wheels equally without vectoring. A double wishbone front and multilink rear suspension ensures the GT-R glides through moderately rough surfaces, giving you a smoother ride in the process. Meanwhile, the GR6 six-speed dual clutch transmission comes with three driver selectable modes to suit personal driving style. Drivers can also choose between fully automatic shifting and sequential manual control via paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel.

Exterior

Though firmly rooted in the Skyline GT-R’s signature look, the design manages to take the right step into the future. With the swept-back super wide beam LED headlamps, well-defined mesh pattern hexagonal grille, and ultra-stylish slit-type fog lights, the 2018 GT-R looks ready to mix it up with the best-looking cars in and above its class. The side vents behind the front fender makes an indelible statement, as does the flush mounted aluminum door handles and carbon diffusers at the front and rear.

Interior

The 2018 Nissan GT-R features a restyled interior streamlined to accommodate a larger infotainment system and fewer control buttons. The surfaces are covered in either soft-touch plastic or genuine leather, and while the styling can’t be called innovative, it does give off a plush feel. Standard interior features include leather seats with power adjust, three-spoke steering wheel, cruise control, and lap timer switches, cup and bottle holders, cargo hooks, and a stick-type leather parking brake. A Bose audio system with 11 speakers and dual subwoofers comes equipped with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and Active Sound Enhancement (ASE) for a truly hi-def audio experience.

Space

Well-bolstered seats come with generous adjustment capabilities, so you’ll have no problem finding the most comfortable seating position. Although legroom at the front is quite spacious, it’s basically non-existent at the rear, so don’t go inviting more than one passenger into the car with you, unless they’re kids.

Safety

Japanese car manufacturers are known to be meticulous about safety, so the 2018 Nissan GT-R is as safe as a fast car can be. Active safety systems such as dual front airbags, side airbags, curtain airbags, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Vehicle Dynamic Control, Hill Start Assist, Traction Control, and Proximity Radar with Obstacle Detection are complemented nicely by passive safety features, ensuring utmost safety and protection for the vehicle’s occupants.

Our Verdict

Thanks to enhancements done all over, the latest Nissan GT-R continues to offer the high level of performance people come to expect. On the track, it even manages to beat a lot of its newer and more expensive peers. If you don’t mind the cramped rear seats, you should definitely count the 2018 GT-R as a coupe worthy of your hard-earned dough.

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