The Nissan GT-R is a compact 2-door sports car. First introduced in 2007, the GT-R follows a lineage of high-performance, Japanese-market Nissan Skyline models that debuted in the mid-1950s. The current GT-R, still in its first generation, is designed to compete with established supercars from Porsche, Ferrari and Lamborghini. For the 2011 model year, Nissan has simplified the GT-R lineup by removing the base model, darkened the centers of the wheels, added paint protection to the front and rear fascias, revised the suspension tuning, and upgraded the standard features.
The 2011 Nissan GT-R is sold exclusively as the Premium model. The Premium arrives with standard leather upholstery, air conditioning with automatic climate control, full power accessories, electronically adjustable suspension, heated power-operated front seats, keyless entry and ignition, Bluetooth phone connectivity, hard-drive-based navigation system with 9.4 GB of audio storage, 20-inch alloy wheels, and more. New equipment for 2011 includes auto on/off headlights, speed-sensitive windshield wipers, and new rear cooling ducts to improve cabin air distribution, according to Nissan. The audio system has been improved with the addition of a standard USB iPod interface, streaming audio via Bluetooth, and DVD playback. The navigation system now includes XM NavTraffic and NavWeather capability. The only options include a cold-weather package with all-season tires and a darker wheel finish, and a special silver paint job.
The 2011 Nissan GT-R is offered with just one engine. The standard power plant is a twin-turbocharged, 3.8-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 485 horsepower. The sole transmission is a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic that sends power to all four wheels through a complex all-wheel-drive system tuned specifically for performance, Nissan says. The EPA rates the fuel economy of the 2011 Nissan GT-R between 15 mpg city and 21 mpg highway, depending on powertrain.
The 2011 Nissan GT-R Premium starts at a base price of around $84,500.