Everyone’s Favorite Affordable Supercar is Getting More Expensive
When you look at the pricing of a Nissan GT-R today versus at the beginning of the car’s existence, you’ll see quite a difference. The price seems to have climbed consistently by year, but so has the car’s impressive performance. However, this year, the Japanese auto manufacturer has released a base model (called the “Pure”) that is slightly lower than last year’s model for just under $100K.
The GT-R was unvieled in 2007 as a successor to the Nissan Skyline GT-R. The 2018 Nissan GT-R Pure is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.8L V6 that produces an impressive 565 hp and 467 lb-ft of torque. It has a 6-speed transmission with three different driver modes. The vehicle features an all-wheel-drive system with almost all of its torque coming from the rear wheels. The MSRP of the Pure GT-R is $99,990.
There are several other versions of the GT-R that make up the decreased dollar amount, however. The Premium trim package has several features such as a premium Bose sound system, titanium exhaust, hand-stitched leather interior, noise cancellation, and more, which the Pure version lacks. The mechanics of the Pure and Premium versions are nearly identical. However, the GT-R Premium comes with a tag that’s about $10,000 more than the Pure at $110,490.
Nissan is also offering a couple of other GT-R options to those that can afford it. Their track edition has an MSRP of $128,490. The Track Edition comes with all of the Premium bells and whistles as well as a NISMO-tuned suspension, Black 20″ super-lightweight forged-alloy wheels, black and red Recaro leather front seats, and a dry carbon-fiber rear spoiler. However, once again, the mechanics don’t differ much in this version of the GT-R, which most would like to see if spending almost $30,000 more than the Pure edition.
For those serious about racing, there is the GT-R NISMO which does provide some more power with its 3.8-liter high-capacity, twin-turbocharged V6 engine which is capable of producing 600 horsepower. The NISMO also has a more aerodynamic body design with several carbon-fiber exterior parts to shave off some weight. But, for these features, you will pay $174,490, which is over $75,000 more than the GT-R Pure. That’s about 75% more than the GT-R Pure retails for.
While the price of GT-Rs has increased a lot over the years, so has the cost of new cars overall, and it falls in line with new car pricing trends. The GT-R was released, after all, after the global recession when new car prices took a nice dip. However, we think it’s great that Nissan has provided a less expensive version than last year’s GT-R, while also providing more expensive options for those that want the extra features.
As has always been the case with the GT-R, whatever version you get, you’re bound to enjoy it.
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