Nissan GT-R review

Category: Sports car

Section: Costs & verdict

Nissan GT-R 2021 front seats
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  • Nissan GT-R 2021 dashboard
  • Nissan GT-R 2021 front seats
  • Nissan GT-R 2021 gearstick
  • Nissan GT-R 2021 front panning
  • Nissan GT-R 2021 right panning
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  • Nissan GT-R 2021 front cornering
  • Nissan GT-R 2021 rear cornering
  • Nissan GT-R 2021 dashboard
  • Nissan GT-R 2021 front seats
  • Nissan GT-R 2021 gearstick
  • Nissan GT-R 2021 front panning
  • Nissan GT-R 2021 right panning
  • Nissan GT-R 2021 right panning
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Even the entry-level Nissan GT-R comes with six airbags, keyless start, 20in wheels, LED headlights and parking sensors all round as standard, as well as an infotainment system with 11 speakers, DAB radio and SD-based satellite navigation. It’s exactly the kind of generous kit offering commonly used to keep a car like this attractive as it gets a bit long in the tooth.

The step-up to mid-level trim looks a bit expensive, given that it only buys Recaro sports seats and a few other bits of cabin trim. The Prestige version is offered with extended black, red, ivory or tan leather for a more luxurious flavour, while the Track Edition comes with forged wheels, a reinforced body, track-focused suspension and a carbon-fibre spoiler.

The GT-R’s complicated twin-clutch gearbox and four-wheel drive system are both a bit more needy than you might expect: servicing is due every 12 months or 9000 miles. Also, bear in mind that track use and driving with the car’s electronic stability controls disengaged invalidates the Nissan factory warranty until an appointment can be made for a full vehicle inspection.

The GT-R didn’t feature in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey but Nissan as a brand performed woefully, finishing in joint 27th place with Ford out of the 30 manufacturers included. Only Land Rover and Fiat did worse.

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Nissan GT-R 2021 gearstick

Overview

With delicate steering, a characterful engine and a beautifully balanced chassis, the Nissan GT-R is one of the most engaging supercars on the market, but a great driving experience can’t quite make up for a dated interior and poor refinement – especially when Audi R8 and Porsche 911 exist. Still, if you have your heart set on a GT-R, we’d point you in the direction of entry-level Pure trim, which gets plenty of kit, has friendlier road manners than the range-topping Nismo and costs a fraction of the price.

  • Huge power and grip
  • Performance per pound
  • Relatively practical
  • Nismo is eye-wateringly expensive
  • Weight compromises handling
  • Interior quality disappointing
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