2017 Nissan GT-R

Pros: World-class acceleration and cornering capabilities; improved interior materials; one-of-a-kind high-tech personality; affordable when compared to other exotic supercars

Cons: No manual transmission available; powertrain can feel a bit clunky and unrefined in everyday driving; pricey when compared to a Chevrolet Corvette or entry-level Porsche 911

CG Says: Nissan’s all-wheel-drive supercar gets a number of updates and improvements for 2017. Freshened exterior styling is highlighted by a new grille that incorporates Nissan’s “V-Motion” motif. Inside, the cockpit boasts a revised control layout and upgraded materials for a more luxurious ambiance. The base GT-R gains 20 more horsepower, for a total of 565, while the GT-R NISMO stands pat with 600 horsepower. A titanium exhaust system is now standard on all GT-Rs, and the 6-speed automated-manual transmission has been refined to deliver smoother shifts. The suspension has been tweaked to improve ride and handling. The Nissan GT-R offers ferocious acceleration, a comfortable and well-appointed interior, and decent luggage space and front-seat room for a high-end supercar. The NISMO model ratchets up the performance level even further, with more horsepower, enhanced aerodynamics, and suspension refinements. Despite its many worthwhile improvements for 2017, the Nissan GT-R still has a few rough edges—primarily a stiff ride and occasionally clunky powertrain behavior in mundane driving. However, this is an exotic performance car that offers mind-bending performance that can make even average-Joe drivers feel like pros—all at prices that undercut most “true” luxury exotics.

The Facts
Class Premium Sporty/Performance Car
Body Style(s) 2-door coupe
Passenger Count 4
Drive Wheels all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Nissan
Nation of Manufacture Japan
Base Prices Premium: $109,990
NISMO: $174,990

Base Engine
twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6
Horsepower
565 (600 in NISMO)
Std. Transmission
6-speed automated manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
16
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
22