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Supercar receives a pair of new turbochargers for its 3.8-litre V6 and changes underneath to improve ride and handling
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30 August 2019

The refreshed Nissan GT-R is now available to order in the UK, priced from £83,995.

That marks a £7120 increase over the previous £76,875 entry point, reflecting changes made to the supercar's handling, performance and styling.

The R35-generation GT-R’s 562bhp 3.8-litre V6 engine has received a pair of new turbochargers, so is claimed to be more responsive at low revs and 5% more efficient. Nissan also says gearshifts are now 0.15sec quicker in performance-focused R Mode. 

A reconfigured exhaust manifold offers better access to the turbocharger mounting points for easier servicing, while there's a new titanium exhaust tip at the rear. 

There are updates underneath as well, with the electronically controlled suspension system tuned for a smoother ride and better stability when cornering. Nissan says the steering is “more linear and precise than ever, requiring minimal corrections at speeds of up to 186mph” as a result.

Braking performance is improved, too, with a new booster unit requiring less pedal input and enhancing response. 

Nissan has used the model update to reintroduce Bayside Blue, a popular paint colour for the previous, R34-generation GT-R. New 20in 20-spoke alloy wheels and a grey leather interior are also now available. 

The standard GT-R is available in five trim levels, with prices rising to £99,995 for the range-topping Track Edition. Carbonfibre seats can be equipped for £6750, while a ceramic brake upgrade is priced at £7500.

Earlier this year, Nissan updated the lightweight, track-focused GT-R Nismo with a subtle redesign and enhanced performance. Prices for this model start at £174,995 - £25,000 more than its predecessor and more than double the cost of the standard GT-R.  

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Peter Cavellini 30 August 2019

GTR for Porsche money?

 Could this be true...?

Folsom 31 August 2019

what is a Porsche anyway?

Peter Cavellini wrote:

 Could this be true...?

I kinda get your point, but 'Porsche money' and even 'Porsche' are not the same today as they were the the GT-R was launched. Today Porsche is one of VW's SUV companies, that maintains a sporting image thru the ancillary product of sportscars. The 911 hasn't been a raggedy beast in 20 years and a huge number of their pricey options have no bearing on their role as a sports car so I assume a huge number of them are just personal luxury coupes now. Sales of the 718 twins continues to be the weak portformers in the portfolio. So, yes, the GT-R is now more priced to compete with the 911 than the 718 but I'm still not sure exactly who the GT-R customer is - none of the 911 owners I know would be seen dead near a Nissan dealership but they all lack confidence when the other guy on track day, or at the lights, has a GT-R...

Cenuijmu 30 August 2019

What the the sales figures for this car in 2019?

Compared to when launched?  It was massively fast then and a bargain. Neither are true now.

Corvette C8 might be stealing sales from it when the higher bhp versions come out.

NoPasaran 30 August 2019

Expensive, or not? Hard to say.

GT-R is interesting to me NOW, not when it came out 2007 (I remember all the hype) and it was very in. In 2010 I was choosing between the 530 model and the 997 Turbo manual, I chose 997 then.

Now GT-R is like an oldie, and an underdog somehow, I like it now more than then. And it is still silly fast.

But, I agree, the price feels high for this car with basically the same 12-year-old interior. Porsche 911 Turbo moved on...but its price moved on even more.

And what else is there that equal GT-R in terms of performance (not only power, but how it rides in corners, handling etc)? Not much, if you think about it.

Corvette is coming with the new mid-engined setup. We will have to see what kind of interior it will offer, but it will not have the performance of the Godzilla.

Folsom 30 August 2019

GT-R still relevant to me

NoPasaran wrote:

And what else is there that equal GT-R in terms of performance (not only power, but how it rides in corners, handling etc)? Not much, if you think about it.

The only downside I see about the GT-R now, is the same when I first test drive one 5 years ago, the Nissan ownership/dealer experience!. Walk into a Porsche showroom and unless your drunk or drive up in a Yugo its easy enough to test drive any model. At Nissan, I had to move mountains to get a very short test drive despite arriving in a similarly priced car.

That aside, its still scary fast and cheaply tuned for more, has usable back seat, a real trunk, doesn't scrap on every kerb, and is very discrete and exclusive. And while a lot of high end sportscars are purchased by fat wallets that can't drive, anyone driving a GT-R is an enthusiast and I like that inverted snobbery!