The new 2018 Nissan GT-R has gained major driving performance enhancements, and an exciting new look inside and out. Performance enhancements include more power from the twin-turbocharged 3.8L V6 engine, and a significantly reinforced chassis. The new model also gains a new sense of civility and elegance that one would rarely find in a high-performance car. In addition to learning more about the 2018 GT-R’s redesigns and changes, this review also offers crucial details pertaining its likely release dates. So, keep reading on!
With an exterior design already considered one of the most distinctive in the segment, Nissan still went ahead and thoroughly refreshed it by adding a high sense of style. As is evident from the pictures, the new model sports redesigned front bumpers, hood, grille, and daytime running lights. The grille is matte chrome-finished and sports a “V-motion” design. It has been enlarged for purposes of increasing the amount of air flowing to the engine, and blends perfectly with the new hood without causing any additional drag.
The “V-motion” grille wasn’t the only aerodynamic element that was added to the new model, in fact, nearly all of the visual aesthetics the 2018 GT-R got were primarily intended to enhance the aerodynamic quotient in three vital areas: improved cooling, drag reduction, and downforce generation. See, the goal was to keep the aerodynamic drag in check while at the same time maximizing cooling airflow.
The interior, as shall later be seen on its own review piece below, features superbly crafted materials that seamlessly combine to offer unparalleled everyday usability, luxury, and comfort unlike any model before it. Shoppers will immediately notice the upscale level of refinement and luxury at first glance.
Matters design aside, Nissan also managed to squeeze some extra power from the existing 3.8L twin-turbocharged V6 engine bringing the total output to 565 horsepower and 467 lbs. ft. of torque. Although Nissan is yet to elaborate the performance figures exhaustively, rumors allege it can hit the 0-60 mph sprint in just 2.9 seconds – a 0.1 second improvement over the existing model.
Two models come to mind in terms of the available competition: the 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo and the 2018 Audi R8. The R8 is offered in two trims: V10 and V10 Plus. The latter is the higher-performance version that gets around 540 horsepower and 398 lbs. ft. of torque – 25 ponies and 69 lbs. ft. of torque shy of what the refreshed 2018 GT-R offers. The Porsche 911 Turbo, on the other hand, pumps out 540 horsepower and 523 lbs. ft. of torque – 25 ponies and 56 lbs. ft. of torque less than what the GT-R offers. The 911 Turbo 0-60 mph however requires only 2.9 seconds, therefore placing itself as an equal to the GT-R in terms of acceleration.
2018 Nissan GT-R Release Date & Price
Pricing info as provided by Nissan indicates that the GT-R Premium Coupe’s MSRP will start from $109,990. Additional details on the pricing will be offered as its release date, slated for early 2018, nears.
2018 Nissan GT-R Exterior
As previously told, the new 2018 GT-R exterior has thoroughly been updated. Even with an already alluring design, Nissan still went ahead and offered the new model a high sense of style to one of the most distinctive-looking sports cars in the segment. The aerodynamics have significantly improved.
Dimensions, and the contents of the color palette have however remained unchanged over the existing model.
2018 Nissan GT-R Interior
As should be expected, the interior features superbly crafted materials that are geared towards offering the new model an unparalleled level of luxury, comfort, and everyday usability. The dashboard stands out with its simplicity, with the number of audio and navigation controls reduced from 27 to just 11.
The new model also gains a new infotainment system that features a new eight-inch capacitive touch-panel monitor that takes the reigns from the outgoing 7-inch unit.
Three trims should be expected for the new 2018 Nissan GT-R: Black Edition, Premium, and Nismo. The GT-R R36 review is separately offered.
As previously mentioned, a 3.8L twin-turbocharged engine should be expected to power the new model. Power output stands at 565 horsepower and 467 lbs. ft. of torque. With this power tucked under its hood, the GT-R Nismo should hit 0-60 mph in just 2.9 seconds and go ahead to achieve a top speed of 196 mph.
Chevrolet Trax 2018 Redesign and Info
Wheelbase: 9 ft. 1.4 in. (109.4 in.)
Length: 15 ft. 5.4 in. (185.4 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 2.6 in. (74.6 in.)
Passenger volume: N/A ft³
Cargo volume: 8.8 ft³
Curb weight: 3950 lb
Top Speed: 195 mph
0-60: 2.9 sec
MPG: 16/22 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Blaze Metallic, Deep Blue Pearl, Gun Metallic, Jet Black, Pearl White, Solid Red, Super Silver…
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs
In addition to the upscale safety features available, the new model also comes with increased structural rigidity. Some upscale tech include Nissan Advanced Air Bag System, Lower Anchors and Tethers, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, a Rearview Monitor, and an Anti-Lock Braking System. Crash impact assessment is ongoing, results will be updated here on its release date.