Posted on January 13 2023
STARTING AT $100k+
The Nissan GT-R is a car that needs no introduction. It's a true legend in the world of sports cars, and for the 2024 model year, it's received a much-needed facelift. Unveiled for the first time at the Tokyo Auto Salon, the new GT-R boasts a host of updates that bring it firmly into the modern era. But with a starting price of over $100,000, is it worth the investment?
The first thing you'll notice about the new GT-R is the redesigned front and rear fascias. The front bumper has been revised with a thinner upper grille, complete with fang-like end pieces, and a boxy lower grille. Out back, the quad exhaust exits have been given a new trim, and the overall design has been updated to give it a more modern look. But the changes go beyond just the aesthetics. Nissan claims that the new bodywork increases downforce while maintaining the same drag coefficient as the previous model, which is no small feat.
Under the hood, the GT-R is powered by the same hand-built 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine that it's had since the 2020 model year. It produces a staggering 565 horsepower and 467 lb-ft of torque, and power is sent to all four wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and Nissan's ATTESA ET-S all-wheel-drive system.
There's also a host of other performance-oriented features, such as Bilstein DampTronic adjustable shocks, Brembo brakes, and RAYS 20-inch wheels.
For those who want even more performance, there's the GT-R Nismo. It's been updated for 2024 with new bodywork, including a 10-percent larger carbon wing, a new splitter, and a new diffuser.
There are also wider tires, carbon-ceramic rotors, a carbon roof, and turbochargers from Nissan's GT3 race car. For the first time ever, the Nismo also gets a limited-slip differential for the front axle. Output remains unchanged at 600 horsepower and 481 lb-ft of torque.
And for those who want the performance of the Nismo without the price tag, there's the GT-R T-spec. It gets the base engine, but the carbon-ceramic brakes, widened front fenders, and stability control calibration from the Nismo. It also gets a dark Mori green upholstery and two exclusive paint colors taken from the R34-generation Skyline GT-R: Millennium jade and Midnight purple.
The new Nissan GT-R will begin to arrive at select U.S. dealerships in the spring, with Nismo models coming in the summer. Pricing has yet to be revealed, but with a starting price of over $100,000, it's not a car for the faint of heart. But for true car enthusiasts, the new GT-R is a must-have.