KBB Editors' Overview
By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 3/1/2013
Nissan is known for its innovative electric cars and sporty but affordable family sedans, but the iconic GT-R supercoupe brings the brand unrivaled cache, especially among younger performance fans. Not just some generic coupe with a big engine, the GT-R is a bona fide supercar, engineered from the ground up to deliver an adrenaline rush on par with the fastest Porsche 911 or Audi R8. Of course, the GT-R's $100,000 price tag puts it well out of reach of the numerous enthusiasts and video gamers who have loved this car's predecessor – the Skyline GT-R – for over two decades. But that's the stuff of dreams.
You'll Like This Car If...
While supercars roam freely overseas, in the U.S., their ranks are limited. If you have the cash, the 2014 Nissan GT-R will be one of those rare options, alongside names such as the BMW M3, Audi R8 and Chevy Corvette Z06.
You May Not Like This Car If...
While the 2014 Nissan GT-R is a technically sophisticated exotic, less costly American alternatives like the Chevrolet Corvette or Ford Mustang GT500 deliver pretty impressive levels of performance.
What's New for 2014
Last year, Nissan boosted the GT-R's horsepower to 545. For 2014, that max-output spec remains unchanged even though new fuel injectors quicken throttle response. A new limited-availability (150 for the U.S.) Track Edition model deletes the rear seat for weight savings and fits stiffer springs with Bilstein DampTronic gas-pressure shocks.
Pressing a button brings the 2014 Nissan GT-R's twin-turbocharged V6 engine to life. And pushing on the car's throttle brings the driver to life. The car's neck-snapping acceleration would be terrifying if not for the impressive array of mechanical and electronic chassis systems intended to keep both car and driver safe at high speeds. Thankfully, the GT-R's well-weighted power steering, driver-adjustable suspension and variable torque-split all-wheel drive (AWD) combine to give the driver all the control he requires. Needing only the slightest inputs, the GT-R's steering is precise and direct, and the big Brembo brakes perform faithfully even after repeated hard stops. Those who really enjoy pushing the limits will revel in the GT-R's Race mode settings that can be set to quicken shifts, stiffen the shocks and, wisely or not, deactivate the electronic stability and traction control.
TWIN-TURBO V6 ENGINE
A paragon of usable power, the GT-R's hand-built, 545-horsepower turbocharged V6 delivers smooth, quick and predictable responses that make this ultra-fast Nissan easy to live with in town but an absolute rocket when called upon to give max performance.
DRIVER-TUNABLE VEHICLE DYNAMICS
The 2014 Nissan GT-R Coupe lets you select from several different and distinct ride-compliance, stability-control and transmission-shift program settings, which can transform the car from a high-profile but quite livable urban cruiser into a hard-edged corner-carver that can run with the best-handling cars in the world.
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