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2014 Nissan GT-R

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2014 Nissan GT-R Review

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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.

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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.

Driving the GT-R

Driving Impressions 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.

2014 Nissan GT-R Details
Interior

The 2014 Nissan GT-R's highly stylized cockpit is cozy, yet the sport seats with nine inches of travel and a tilt/telescopic steering column help to accommodate all but NBA-sized drivers. The user-friendly gauges are arrayed at a uniform height to help minimize the driver's head movement. The centerpiece of the GT-R's interior is a multifunction display that rests atop the center dash. The unit collects and stores data detailing your driving activities, which after a few hot laps around the track can be reviewed to see where you might improve. The new Track Edition loses the rear seats to trim weight.

Exterior
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A collage of sharp angles, rounded contours and crisp edges gives the 2014 Nissan GT-R a slippery 0.26 coefficient of drag as well as a commanding presence in any company. A carbon-fiber underbody diffuser and subtle rear spoiler help keep the GT-R grounded at high speeds. Certainly the GT-R's enormous front-fender vents catch everyone's eye, but they are not just cosmetic; the vents provide front downforce and optimal side airflow. Staggered-width 20-inch alloy wheels, wrapped in 255/40 tires up front and 285/35s in the rear, further aid the GT-R's stability.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2013 Nissan GT-R Coupe is equipped with a 6-speed dual-clutch automated-manual rear transaxle, ATESSA E-TS all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, Brembo brakes and adjustable suspension-damping and stability-control settings. Inside, leather, Alcantara and brushed-aluminum trim complement a full roster of power assists, a voice-activated navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, 11-speaker Bose Surround Sound audio system, heated front seats, unique vehicle information-system graphics and side-impact and side-curtain airbags. The Black Edition adds RAYS black metallic lightweight alloy wheels, red-and-black Recaro leather seats and a black headliner. The new Track Edition deletes the rear seat and adds grippier seat upholstery and stiffer suspension.

Optional Equipment

Nissan used to offer only one option for the GT-R coupe: a Cold Weather Package featuring Dunlop all-season tires and a specialized water/coolant ratio mix. For 2014, a second option is introduced, the limited-availability Premium Interior Package, with hand-stitched Red Amber leather seats and matching accents on the instrument panel, door panels, steering wheel and shift knob.

Under the Hood

All versions of the 2014 Nissan GT-R Coupe use a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that develops an electrifying 545 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and an equally riveting 463 lb-ft of torque from 3,200-5,800 revs. This year, new fuel injectors reportedly improve mid-rpm throttle response, a new oil pan baffle guards against starvation during hard cornering and – borrowing a tradition from European specialty makers – an aluminum plaque bears the name of the technician who assembled the engine. This Nissan supercoupe runs to 60 mph in less than three seconds, to 100 mph in about eight seconds, and on to a top speed over 190 mph. The 6-speed, sequential dual-clutch transmission offers three driver-selectable programs and a rev-matching throttle-blip feature.

3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6
545 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
463 lb-ft of torque @ 3,200-5,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23 mpg

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2014 Nissan GT-R Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.5
Out of 10

Based on 41 Ratings for the 2009 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    9.6/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Supercar on a budget

By on Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "fast & furious handles like a dream Awesome"

Cons: "Maintiance is kinda pricey"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Awesome Car!!!!!!!!!

"I own a 2013 GTR and its an awesome car for the money. The Bose system rocks and the 545 horse power rules the road. It has some odd noises and creaks and moans but that's just a true Japanese performance car trait."

57 people out of 115 found this review helpful

Awesome Car!!!!!!!!!

The ultimate performance machine in overall

By on Thursday, October 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"If i want attention and showing off ,all take a Aventador to bring my wife out for diner, much sexier than a GTR in my opinion. But so far i can't afford one :( I do have a GTR for more than 2 year, and there is nothing to keep up with that machine. To be objective you got to put it this way, just look it like a strong man contest. How they do that ? It's not the one that pull the truck faster who win the contest :) They have several stunts and they cumulate point. So witch stunt should be line up for a car contest ? well, depending on witch one you want to give advantage. To be fare you pick 4 stunt and all pick 4 and will see who wins the more out of 8. I predict that all win at least 3 out of the one I choose, and all beat you at least 2 out of the one you picked, result will be 5-3 for the GTR. Example of car performance stunt : 1/4 mille , 0-60 , top speed , 60-0 , road racing , auto cross , rally on ice , etc That why my title is ( The ultimate performance machine ) One morning on my way to the track, I out run a few racing bikes from a traffic light to another, at the track in the advance group no one was even close to me, there was a Viper.... we only had time to do a few laps, was looking tight, but unfortunately for him, it start rain for a few minutes just enough to wet the track. Oups ! the viper was no longer in the game i almost over lap it. And guess what, on my way back home I stopped at the mall to pick up my wife and two kids then went to the grocery before heading back home. Witch other car can do all that ??????"

20 people out of 55 found this review helpful

highest value car

By on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Best car for JOY AND ROI. MSRP new 78,000 purchased used for 60,000 2 years ago value today 67,000. Hold value much better than Porsche turbo and is lots faster"

10 people out of 16 found this review helpful

The GTR is a bit ovverated by the fans.

By on Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Overrated

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "Awesome performance for cheaper money."

Cons: "Not so reliable, rough annoying ride,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"Though the GTR is a bit overrated by the fans the only thing I can say that's tremendously great is the fact that the average joe can now enjoy performance near that of Porsche,Lambo, Viper, and Z06 etc. No matter how many times you hear that it's the fastest car on the planet, the sad reality is that it's not. Fans just say that for many reasons and though I have my own,I'll let you come up with your own theories on why they do this,lol. Anyway two things I never liked was the fact that they(Nissan Dealer) never let you test drive one before you buy, or rarely (That's to keep you from comparing it,lol) secondly nissan does NOT I repeat does NOT stand behind the transmission or more importantly the customer. Iowned a 2013 GTR, until last month, and I fought tooth and nail with Nissan, and it cost me over $20,000 USD in attorney fees to get nissan to buy back their GTR with the burned out Transmission and Launch Control. Now I have another battle brewing over being compensated for those attorney fees, so that I can pay back some of it to my dad and brother. Okay yes I attempted to race a gallardo, and a Porsche GT3 but got my rear handed to me, and ended up on the side of the track in Florida with a GTR that refused to move. Obviously many of you fellow GTR owners know that in order to run numbers closer to those cars or better,on the 1/4 mile, you need to engauge launch control. So why did Nissan put in the launch control??? especially when it burns out. I'm not here to discourage anyone on the GTR, or cause you to dislike it, I am here to bring about awareness to those who may have thoughts of forking over hard earned cash to a Nissan salesman for a product that on the long run may end up really disappointing you. I bought a Porsche (Unfortunately I had to go used) and am slowly modifying it and so far I'm really excited and happy with my investment. I think this one made me fall in love all over again. I recommend the GTR for the money, if you're not able to afford a McLaren, Porsche, Audi, Lambo, Ferrari etc. Good luck!"

37 people out of 68 found this review helpful

WOW

By on Monday, March 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,200

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Performance, value, safety,fun,adrenaline pumping"

Cons: "Exepnsive for the average Joe"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I own a 2014 Nissan GTR and all I can say is WOW, this is simply the best performance to value package on the market. Nothing comes close to the handling, acceleration and top end speed of this car. Everyone I've taken for rides in the car loves it, one of my friends even bought one for himself."

15 people out of 23 found this review helpful

Nissan GTR 2010

By on Saturday, March 23, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,100

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Performance, price, looks, AWD and much more"

Cons: "No auto headlights"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"What an absolute dream car. Super car performance at a fantastically low price (relatively speaking) Despite the massive horsepower and torque the AWD system keeps it planted firmly on the road. They hold their money too Its a dream come true."

14 people out of 27 found this review helpful

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