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NISSAN GT-R COUPE

3.8 V6 600 Nismo 2dr Auto [Ceramic Brakes]

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Nissan's GT-R has been subtantially revised with key driving-performance enhancements. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Background

The 'modern' Nissan GT-R legend began with 1989's multi-race winning R32, was bolstered by the N??rburgring-crushing R33 in 1995 and went stratospheric with the 1999 R34, hero of the Gran Turismo PlayStation game. Even so, few were prepared for the relentless annihilation of all rivals by the 2007-era GT-R. Here was a car that was offered for sale for less than £60,000 but which could make a £100,000 Porsche 911 Turbo appear out of sorts. Somewhat remarkably, the car's creator noted in 2007 that as jaw-dropping as that car was, the real deal would emerge gradually as the result of year-on-year iterations. The latest version has been re-fettled but its appeal remains much as before. Still the same somewhat brutal styling, still the same rumble of the 3.8-litre V6. So let's take a closer look.

Driving Experience

We haven't yet had the chance to give the latest GT-R a thorough appraisal yet, but the somewhat unfathomable thought is that it could actually get much better than it already is. Even the original 479bhp GT-R was a car that, if you'd never driven one before, would blast your performance goalposts into the next postcode. The latest car's 3.8-litre 24-valve twin-turbocharged V6 engine these days offers 570PS and has been usefully improved in this latest model with new turbochargers for better low-end response. Gear shifts are also 0.15 seconds improved when in R-Mode. The electronically controlled suspension has been tuned to provide better cornering stability and a smoother ride. The steering is more linear and precise than ever, requiring minimal corrections at speeds of up to 186mph. A new brake booster increases the initial braking response by engaging with less pedal stroke, resulting in enhanced stopping power and feel. The exhaust manifolds, inspired by racing technology, have optimised turbo flange attachment points which allow for easier servicing without touching the exhaust manifold. There is also a new titanium exhaust muffler, featuring titanium finishers with burnished blue tips. Otherwise, it's as you were. The changes give even sharper acceleration in the mid to high-ranges (3,200rpm and above) and that engine has never sounded better, complemented by a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission features smooth shifts. The GT-R has always been regarded as one of the world's best handling machines and with this latest car, its cornering abilities should be even better. A rigid body structure and race-tuned suspension give confidence-building stability through quick lateral transitions and high overall cornering speeds. Providing the grip are sticky 20-inch tyres, wrapped around smart "20-spoke" machine-finished forged aluminum wheels.

Design and Build

The GT-R's exterior was updated in 2019 with a chrome matte finish "V-motion" grille that was enlarged to provide better engine cooling. The smarter bonnet was significantly reinforced, contributing to stability during high-speed driving. And a freshly-designed front spoiler lip and front bumpers with finishers situated immediately below the headlights were introduced to give this improved GT-R the look of a pure-bred racecar, while generating high levels of front downforce. The GT-R's familiar wind-cutting shape defines its profile, but the side sills have been pushed out to improve air flow. The rear of the car also received a thorough makeover in 2019. Re-sculpted bodywork helps to improve air flow, as do side air vents next to the quad exit exhaust pipes. Also, the belt line that separates the lower black section from the body panel was heightened to give the car a wider and more aggressive look from the rear. Step into the cabin, and you're greeted by a surprisingly premium interior. The entire dashboard and instrument panel have been redesigned since this model was first introduced and these days are covered with high-quality leather artfully stitched together with TAKUMI precision. The shape of the dashboard adopts a "horizontal flow" that delivers a sense of increased stability for the car's front-seat occupants, while the line from the instrument cluster to the centre console provides a distinct driver-oriented environment for those behind the steering wheel.

Market and Model

There are five versions of the standard 570PS model available, the 'V6 Pure 570' at around £84,000, the 'V6 Recaro 570' at around £87,000, the 'V6 Prestige Black 570' at around £88,000, the 'V6 Prestige Tan/Grey/Red 570' at around £89,000 and the 'V6 Track Edition 570' at around £100,000. Or you could really push the boat out and go for the 600PS 'V6 NISMO 600' - that's if you've got £175,000 to spend. The costs of the lower-order 570 variants that most potential buyers will want are now hardly insubstantial, but the GT-R still offers pretty good value when you consider that to achieve comparable performance in, say, a Porsche 911 or an Audi R8 would set you back well over six figures. And even then, you wouldn't get this car's sub-3.0s 0-62mph sprint capability. Now, more than ever, this car deserves its 'poor man's Veyron' tag.

Cost of Ownership

Although the Nissan GT-R has been hailed as the performance bargain of the decade, don't let that fool you into thinking it's remotely affordable to run for anyone with a normal salary. Everything about this car is big money. It munches consumables at a prodigious rate, chewing through tyres and clutches with abandon if used in anger. Fuel economy, rated at 21.4mpg for this latest model, is still pretty eye-watering too, as is the 300g/km CO2 reading, and residual values are no longer the unimpeachable proposition they once were. Insurance is a full-house Group 50 and many insurers will load premiums when they hear those three magic letters. Although ongoing costs may be steep, few owners will regret their purchase because the GT-R is something very special. It's a vehicle that carries a weight of personality well beyond its price level.

Summary

The Nissan GT-R is a car that, more than ever, appears to bend the laws of physics to its own will, defying conventional measures of power to weight and generating traction where none apparently exists. It's the genius in its chassis engineering that has had other manufacturers scratching their heads and winding up power outputs to obscene levels in an attempt to keep pace. The latest GT-R will have them reaching for their drawing boards again. There will be those who decry the Nissan as a one-trick pony, a vehicle that can shine on a lap of the Nurburgring but which possesses an otherwise narrow band of talent. The latest GT-R broadens its appeal somewhat - albeit at a price - but those who doubt the Nissan are usually those who have never driven one. The GT-R is a complex, capable and charismatic car that just got a whole lot better. More power to it.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Emissions
Emissions325.00g/km

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 8" touch screen
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Bluetooth hands free telephone kit
  • Cruise control
  • Drive mode selector
  • Electric power steering
  • Front parking sensor
  • Multi function trip computer
  • NISMO turbocharger and manifold
  • Nissan connect sat nav system
  • PAS
  • Rear parking sensor
  • Rear view camera
  • Speed limiter

Entertainment

  • 2 USB ports
  • BOSE audio sound system with 11 speakers
  • DAB radio/CD player
  • HDD Music Box system

Exterior Features

  • Acoustic windscreen
  • Adaptive front lighting system
  • Aluminium door handles
  • Automatic headlights
  • Automatic rain sensing wipers
  • Body colour electric folding/heated door mirrors
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Carbon bonnet
  • Carbon fenders
  • Carbon fibre rear spoiler
  • Carbon roof
  • Electric front windows
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED Headlights
  • LED tail lights
  • Quad chrome exhaust exit pipes
  • Titanium burnished exhaust with blue tips finisher
  • Titanium exhaust muffler
  • UV reducing glass

Interior Features

  • 2x 12V sockets
  • Alcantara/leather upholstery
  • Dual zone climate control
  • Front armrest
  • Front centre console with armrest, storage + dual cupholders
  • Front head restraints
  • Heated front seats
  • Isofix child seat attachment
  • Leather steering wheel and gear knob
  • Lumbar support
  • Map reading lights
  • Multi function steering wheel with audio controls
  • Paddle shift controls
  • Rake/reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Rear armrest
  • Rear headrests
  • Recaro carbon race seats
  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

Safety

  • ABS/EBD
  • Brake assist function
  • Brake booster
  • Carbon ceramic brakes
  • Curtain airbags
  • Driver and front passenger Nissan advanced air bag system
  • Driver and passenger side airbags
  • Electronic traction control
  • ESP
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners + load limiters
  • Hill start assist
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • VDC Dynamic Vehicle Control

Security

  • Alarm
  • Intelligent key with push button ignition
  • Nissan vehicle immobiliser system
  • Remote central door locking
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Thatcham approved anti-theft system

Technical

  • Bilstein dampers
  • Electronically controlled shock absorbers
  • NISMO chassis and suspension

Trim

  • Carbon interior trim

Wheels

  • 20" NISMO 10 spoke alloy wheels
  • Run flat tyres

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    325
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    325
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    325
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    325
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High
    306
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max
    306
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min
    306
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High
    277
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max
    277
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min
    277
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low
    509
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max
    509
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min
    509
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium
    310
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max
    310
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min
    310

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    3799
  • Compression Ratio
    15.4
  • Cylinder Layout
    V6
  • Cylinders
    6
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    95.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    88.4
  • Engine Code
    VR38DETT
  • Engine Layout
    NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery
    TWIN TURBO
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    24
  • Transmission
    AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    Yes

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    3.8
  • Badge Power
    600
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    V6 600
  • Coin Series
    Nismo Ceramic Brakes
  • Generation Mark
    1
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    50E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    12000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • Engine Power - BHP
    600
  • Engine Power - KW
    441
  • Engine Power - RPM
    6800
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    481
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    66.5
  • Engine Torque - NM
    652
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    3300

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Spare
    RUN FLAT TYRES
  • Wheel Style
    10 SPOKE NISMO
  • Wheel Type
    20" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1370
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4690
  • Wheelbase
    2780
  • Width
    1895
  • Width (including mirrors)
    Not Available

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    74
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    315
  • Max. Roof Load
    Not Available
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    Not Available
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    Not Available
  • No. of Seats
    4
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    12.2
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Customer Reviews

   
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Sean Annells

"First class service from start to finish. Great communication and very competitive on pricing. Always wanted to help and nothing was to much trouble. Tom always replied to my emails as soon as he could and always went the extra mile to answer my questions. Would definitely recommend Silverstone Fleet to anyone."

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Alun Davies

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"When I started looking to get a new (personal) lease car I contacted a number of leasing companies. Silverstone were by far the most responsive and helpful. They were able to order exactly the model of car I wanted at an excellent price. Every aspect of their service from setting up the lease contract to overseeing the delivery of the car was exemplary. They were attentive and responsive but never 'pushy'. Thouroughly recommended. A big thank you to all the Silverstone team, especially Holly who dealt with all my enquiries quickly and efficiently."

"2 months ago"

Dan Jones

Dan Jones

"Superb service. After having been really let down by another leasing company, Silverstone saved the day. Really professional, quick and pleasant staff. Clear communication and quality service from start to finish. I was so pleased with the service I leased another car from them! Thanks especially to Aby, who was a superstar. I leased a Tesla Model 3 (and now a Fiat 500 too!)"

"3 months ago"

Susan Frampton

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"I cannot fault the service received from Silverstone Fleet Management, for Start to finish it was seamless. I was regularly kept in the loop with information and what was required from myself to proceed. Holly Palmer who is one of the SFM Sales Support Executive was very prompt in responding to my emails and sending me anything that I needed to complete for the process and acknowledging anything that I returned. Tom Bailey who is one of the SFM Account Managers was very prompt at sending me the original quotes and adapting them to suit my needs and alongside Holly keeping me informed at every point during the start to end process. The whole process took at the most 3 weeks from quoting, ordering to the delivery/collection. although I appreciate this was a stock vehicle and not ordered purposely for my requirements. I had to go and collect the vehicle in the end as there were no available drivers to deliver for the date that I needed the vehicle, but this was not a fault of SFM, who tried their best to get the vehicle to me for the requested date, but had I not needed the vehicle to go on holiday then I would only have had to wait a couple more days for delivery. I would totally recommend SFM to my family and friends and hopefully I will be able to put people/business their way. When my lease is up I would not hesitate to use SFM again and hopefully this review will persuade others to take a leap of faith in SFM as they really do deliver the fantastic service that they advertise"

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"Received my car this week and I cannot recommend this company enough!! They helped me find my perfect car and then helped every step of the way till it's delivery. Even after that they checked to see if I was happy. They went above and beyond and I have already been recommending them to my family and friends. Thanks to all the the team at Silverstone Fleet Management - car leasing in Northampton"

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