Nissan GT-R: What's cool and not so cool

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Arguably, no other nameplate from Nissan is as iconic as the GT-R. It’s been featured in some of the most popular movies and manga series that helped shape and build its reputation in the annals of automotive history.

However, like all things legendary, its advantages also come with a few disadvantages. Join us to find out the pros and cons of owning a Nissan GT-R.


Impressive exterior

The Nissan GT-R is known for having an impressive exterior with elements designed and engineered to enhance its power, stability, and handling at high-speed driving conditions. Stylish and purposeful.


The current-gen Nissan GT-R features large grille openings at the front end allowing better cooling to its key components. In addition, the shape of the radiator grille helps direct air around the front wheel wells to help reduce drag.

At the side are side sills that prevent airflow from being drawn underneath the vehicle, allowing for more consistent downforce and grip.

Likewise, the rear fascia of the Nissan GT-R features panels that extend to its sides which work to accelerate air away from the back of the bumper, pulling hot gasses away, cooling the exhausts in the process.

In addition, cars you leave behind will know exactly what passed them as the iconic taillights of the Nissan GT-R is something you won’t miss.

Updated interior

The current-gen Nissan GT-R also features an updated interior that perfectly blends both ends of the sporty and luxury spectrum.


The seats on the Premium variant feature hand-stitched semi-Aniline leather while the Nismo variant comes with Nismo Recaro leather finish with synthetic suede inserts.

Likewise, the steering wheel on the Premium variant comes with a leather-wrapped steering wheel while the Nismo variant is wrapped with Alcantara leather.

Owners will get an eight-inch advanced touchscreen display audio that delivers superb sound via the Bose Premium Audio System with 11 speakers.

Traces of carbon fiber trims can be found on the GT-R’s center console and on the instrument panel.

Potent power

Along with buying the GT-R for its looks, power is where the money’s at, and the Nissan GT-R promises a maximum output of 562 to 600 horses under the hood. Thanks to its 3.8-liter DOHC, 24-valve, twin-turbocharged V6 powerplant, you can get power that earned the Nissan GT-R the nickname Godzilla.


Not a daily driver

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With great power doesn't come great gas mileage. On that note, the Nissan GT-R isn’t something you wouldn’t want to be driving daily. That 3.8-liter mill will not clock in as generously as a modern compact sedan.

Lacks driving nannies

Speaking of modern vehicles, the Nissan GT-R does not have as many driver-assist functions as a modern sedan. It does have cruise control, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find features such as variable driving modes and adaptable damping systems.


The Nissan GT-R is not everybody’s cup of tea. But its advantages sure outweigh its disadvantages which is why many car guys are drawn into the allure of the Nissan GT-R.

Photos from Nissan

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