2016 Nissan GT-R

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Nissan GT‑R. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Blistering acceleration
  • Razor-sharp handling
  • Roomy cabin
  • Standard adaptive suspension
  • Usable backseat

The Bad

  • No traditional manual transmission
  • Race-car handling is jumpy on the street
  • Dated interior styling
  • Lofty price tag

Notable Features of the 2016 Nissan GT-R

  • 600-hp NISMO version available
  • LED headlights
  • Six-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • Rear-biased all-wheel drive

What Is the 2016 Nissan GT-R?

The 2016 Nissan GT-R is an all-wheel-drive high-end performance car available in three trim levels: Premium, Black Edition and NISMO. It competes with vehicles like the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, the Audi R8 V8 Coupe, the Porsche 911 Turbo and the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe.

What's New on the 2016 Nissan GT-R?

The 2016 Nissan GT-R now comes with 20-spoke wheels for the Premium trim level, but outside of that, not much is new. Nissan did release fewer than 30 limited-edition 45th Anniversary Gold Edition GT-R models, which feature gold paint, a gold-color vehicle identification number plate and a commemorative plaque on the center console. But if you didn't grab yours when it was released, you're probably not going to get one now.

How Does the 2016 Nissan GT-R Compare to Other Performance Cars?

While the 2016 Nissan GT-R lacks some of the style, presence and luxury of competitors like the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, Audi R8 V8 Coupe and the Porsche 911 Turbo, it makes up for it with monstrous speed and power. The 2016 Nissan GT-R also boasts a surprisingly roomy interior for a sports car.

What Features in the 2016 Nissan GT-R Are Most Important?

The 2016 Nissan GT-R comes standard with a 545-horsepower, turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6 that's linked to a paddle-shifted six-speed dual-clutch automated-manual transmission. The standard Brembo-brand brakes and 20-inch wheels round out the performance and handling features of the GT-R. Inside the cabin, the 2016 Nissan GT-R comes with many standard tech offerings, including a configurable instrument-panel information screen, a navigation system, Bluetooth streaming audio and a Bose audio system with noise-cancellation function. As with all new vehicles, the 2016 Nissan GT-R is required to come with front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system.

Outside of the 600-hp engine available on the NISMO model, the available features on the 2016 Nissan GT-R enable you to flesh out this sports car's style and feel. On the outside, you can add a carbon-fiber rear spoiler and lightweight 20-inch wheels in a black finish. Recaro front seats and a red and black interior are available styling options inside the cabin of the GT-R.

Should I Buy the 2016 Nissan GT-R?

If speed and acceleration are your main priorities, the 2016 Nissan GT-R is a great choice. The adaptive suspension and sharp handling complement the raw power of the GT-R as well, and the roomy interior isn't a bad touch.

However, the 2016 Nissan GT-R's look and feel both inside and out is dated when compared with its competitors. Its race-car handling is great on the track, but it's jumpy on the street. The Nissan GT-R also comes at a high price for what it offers; those looking for that sports car style who don't need the speed of the GT-R would be better served by slightly cheaper options like the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe.

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2016 Nissan GT-R Overview

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Vehicle Overview

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(5.0)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

The Ultimate GTR

by Geno88 from Los Angeles on August 2, 2018

I?ve always wanted a Nismo GTR, dream Car to own, this is a very unique and amazing car. There is no comparison from this to a normal GTR Read full review

(5.0)

The best motor / Power and transmitions

by Mj23ibatici from New York on June 22, 2018

Este vehiculo ha sido mi favorito desde que tenia apenas 16 a�os hoy en dia tengo la oportunidad de tenerlo en mis manos y cr�eme es mas de lo que se ve, el vehiculo tiene mucha historia Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Nissan GT-R currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 Nissan GT-R has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

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New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    6 years/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    84 months/100,000 miles from original new-car in-service date

  • Powertrain warranty

    84 months/100,000 miles (includes LEAF electric vehicle system and powertrain)

  • Dealer Certification Required

    167-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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