of the 2016 Nissan GT‑R. Base trim shown.
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- Blistering acceleration
- Razor-sharp handling
- Roomy cabin
- Standard adaptive suspension
- Usable backseat
- No traditional manual transmission
- Race-car handling is jumpy on the street
- Dated interior styling
- Lofty price tag
600-hp NISMO version available
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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