Following last year’s significant enhancements to the iconic Nissan GT-R which included a refreshed look inside & out & 20 additional horsepower. The changes for the MY18 introduces the new GT-R Pure model, the addition of Apple CarPlay™ to NissanConnectSM with Navigation & Services. Plus the new black “Kuro Night” colour for the Premium Interior Package.
Aggressive Exterior Design
The GT-R’s dynamic styling is both attractive & functional. The V-motion grille – one of Nissan’s latest design signatures – is enlarged to provide better engine cooling & features a matte chrome finish & mesh pattern. The hood features pronounced character lines flowing flawlessly from the grille is reinforced to enhance stability during high speed driving. By essentially eliminating hood deformation, the hood design greatly improves aerodynamic performance at the front of the vehicle at high speeds.
Nearly all of the visual changes made to the GT-R’s exterior for the 2017 model year were intended to improve aerodynamic performance; more specifically, aerodynamic efficiency was enhanced in three key areas :
- Downforce generation.
- Drag reduction.
- Improved cooling of vital vehicle systems.
The goal was to maximize cooling airflow, while at the same time keeping aerodynamic drag in check – eg. not increasing drag in one area of the vehicle as a result of improving cooling performance/airflow in another.
In addition to the grille & hood, the curving profile of the front under spoiler was slightly extended & lowered by a few millimeters to improve airflow at its lower edge – the ground clearance of the previous model has been maintained. By reshaping the sill cover along the lower portions of the sides of the car, the amount of air being drawn underneath was reduced, countering vehicle lift & improving stability. The C-pillars were also redesigned, with the upper portion shaped to deliver better airflow management by preventing the generation of a smaller vortex.
The rear of the GT-R continues to be defined by its iconic round taillights. A silver-finish diffuser & side air vents were incorporated next to the quad titanium exhaust tips to improve the car’s aerodynamics. Also the character line that separates the lower black section from the body panel was heightened to make the car look wider & more aggressive.
These exterior changes resulted in a sportier & sharper looking car, as well as an aerodynamically efficient one with more stability at high speeds, while keeping a 0.26 drag coefficient.
The 2018 GT-R Premium is available in seven exterior colors :
- Solid Red.
- Jet Black.
- 4-stage metallic Super Silver
- Gun Metallic.
- Pearl White.
- Deep Blue Pearl.
- Blaze Metallic.
A Driver-oriented Premium Interior
The 2018 GT-R’s superbly crafted interior delivers an unparalleled degree of comfort, luxury and everyday usability. Seamlessly wrapped in one continuous hide of the highest quality Nappa leather, the dashboard adopts a “horizontal flow” to deliver a sense of high stability for the car’s front-seat occupants, while the line from the instrument cluster to the center console provides a distinct driver-oriented environment for those behind the steering wheel.
In keeping with the all-out performance targets for the GT-R, the layer of cushioned material found beneath the leather is a thin material to help keep overall weight down, while still providing the highest quality of texture. The leather is artfully stitched together throughout the cabin by a master craftsman.
The center stack layout has been improved & simplified versus the previous MY16 model, with the number of integrated navigation & audio controls reduced from 27 switches to only 11. The navigation system controls & display are placed slightly lower on the instrument panel for easier use & better forward visibility for both the driver & front passenger. The 8-inch touch panel monitor features large icons on the display screen to allow the user to easily manage the audio system, navigation system, telephone controls & other infotainment functions.
Standard on all 2018 GT-R models is NissanConnectSM with Navigation & Services featuring Apple CarPlay™, with 8.0-inch color display with multi-touch control, Nissan Voice Recognition for navigation & audio, HD Radio, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, SiriusXM® Traffic, SiriusXM® Travel LinkTM (weather, fuel prices, movie listings, stock info and sports) (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately), Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, Streaming audio via Bluetooth®, Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant, NissanConnect Mobile Apps & NissanConnect Services Powered by SiriusXM® (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately). A Display Command control on the carbon-fiber center console allows easy operation without having to touch the monitor.
Other convenient information features include an innovative multi-function meter that allows the driver to customize the layout of important vehicle-specific performance parameters/information, such as coolant temperature, engine oil temperature, engine oil pressure, transmission oil temperature, transmission oil pressure & turbocharger boost pressure. The GT-R’s steering wheel-mounted shift paddles allow drivers to change gears mid-turn without taking their hands off the wheel featuring improved feel & actuation sound.
The driver & front passenger seatbacks for the Pure & Premium models are engineered to provide a premium ride experience & ample torso support, resulting in less slippage during spirited driving & reduced fatigue on long commutes. By configuring the support wires within the seatback frame, the engineering team was able to reduce the weight of each seatback while simultaneously reducing pressure points upon the torso of both the driver and front passenger for a more relaxed seating position.
565-horsepower Twin-Turbo 3.8-liter V6
The 2018 GT-R’s award-winning 3.8-liter 24-valve twin-turbocharged V6 engine – each unit handcrafted by its own Takumi technician – delivers 565 horsepower at 6800 rpm & 467 lb-ft of torque, thanks in part to an ignition-timing system controlled at each individual cylinder – technology utilized on the potent GT-R NISMO. Like with the GT-R NISMO by more precisely controlling ignition timing at each cylinder, engine knock is significantly reduced while concurrently enhancing environmental performance through a cleaner, more efficient fuel burn.
Dubbed the “VR38DETT,” the engine features plasma-sprayed bores – versus cast iron liners – for reduced friction & weight, enhanced cooling, superior power output & increased fuel efficiency. It also boasts a symmetrical independent intake & exhaust manifold system with twin high-performance turbochargers. A secondary air management system for improved cold-start emissions performance, a thermostatically controlled oil-cooling system, an oil scavenger pump to maintain oil flowing to the turbochargers & a lateral wet & dry sump oiling system.
Each engine is hand-assembled from beginning to end in a special clean room by highly skilled technicians. An aluminum plate is added to the front of each engine showing the name of the Takumi engine craftsman.
Nissan GT-R Premium, Track Edition & NISMO models feature a titanium exhaust system that better manages the high temperatures of the exhaust gases from the engine. The system includes a duct on the vehicle’s undertray just forward of the muffler, which guides air into the rear diffuser section to help cool the muffler & evacuate hot air.
The transmission shift-management control of the sequential 6-speed dual clutch transmission has been updated for better refinement & performance in a variety of driving situations. For example, when the vehicle begins moving from a standstill at a slow rate of acceleration, the gear shift change from 1st to 2nd gear is now much smoother than before.
Engine power is transferred to all four of the GT-R’s wheels via an independent rear transaxle, the ATTESA E-TS all-wheel-drive system. During normal driving, the GT-R behaves like a rear-drive vehicle, with the torque split set at 0:100, but it can be automatically diverted up to 50:50 depending on speed, lateral acceleration, steering angle, tire slip, road surface & yaw rate. A special GT-R-specific yaw-rate feedback control measures the differences between the target yaw rate calculated from the steering angle and actual yaw rate detected by the yaw-rate sensor & G sensor – torque bias is adjusted accordingly.
The GT-R’s Premium Midship Platform layout places the transmission, transfer case & final drive at the rear of the vehicle, without the use of traditional torque tubes, allowing the suspension to operate independently while optimizing weight distribution and maximizing tire grip at each corner.
The GT-R’s Bilstein® DampTronic driver-adjustable shock-absorber system – which utilizes information from multiple vehicle systems to provide appropriate damping forces & high level of control for a variety of driving situations – includes a valve housing system that reduces resistance losses. Also rigid attachment points for the suspension enhance cornering stability and turning response by allowing all of the wheels to be placed under even a greater load while maintaining optimal contact with the road surface.
The DampTronic system features three driver selectable settings :
- Comfort – for max suspension compliance.
The same three-stage adjustability is also available for the VDC system & transmission shift operation. The “R” & “Comfort” settings offer the driver enhanced sportiness & a smoother ride quality. Because of the increase in structural rigidity, the “R” mode enables the vehicle to achieve the same yaw rate with reduced steering angle for a crisper, more communicative steering response. The “Comfort” suspension setting produces less vertical G-loading in testing when compared to the “Normal” suspension setting. Stylish 20-inch 15-spoke forged alloy wheels by RAYS® offer light weight, strength & rigidity.
The 2018 GT-R’s steering system – a speed-sensitive power rack-and-pinion design with aluminum steering rack, four-point mounting & stiff insulators – possesses sharp response during spirited driving, with reduced effort for around-the-town commutes & exceptional feedback on the open highway.
Stopping power is provided by Brembo® monoblock six-piston front & four-piston rear calipers with 15.35-inch front & 15.0-inch rear Brembo® full-floating, cross-drilled two-piece rotors & low-steel, high-stiffness brake pads that minimize fade whilst providing intense stopping performance. The calipers utilize race car-style radial mounting to minimize caliper flex during extreme braking.
In addition, the 2018 GT-R is designed to invigorate the senses while maintaining a quiet cabin at cruising speeds. The Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) system – not available on the GT-R Pure model – identifies & reduces unwanted low-frequency sounds by using strategically placed microphones within the cabin & using a sound wave at the same amplitude through noise cancellation speakers to offset unwanted sounds. Improved sound absorption material behind the instrument panel, an acoustic windshield, a dashboard insulator & noise insulators housed within the rear fenders have been engineered to act as countermeasures to remove undesirable noise from both the engine compartment as well as the rear tires. Additionally, the electronic control valve housed within the titanium exhaust helps to control muffler resonance, which could otherwise create an unwanted “booming” sound from the exhaust system; ANC & the exhaust’s electronic control valve essentially eliminate this issue by controlling such unwanted low frequency sound.
Also, thanks to the fitment of titanium mufflers with an electronic control valve, Active Sound Enhancement (ASE) brings the engine’s power directly into the cabin. ASE defines the sound frequency & volume of specific targets – such as the exhaust note – while simultaneously comparing it to pertinent information including engine speed & other key vehicle parameters. It processes the sound signal through the audio system’s amplifier then releasing it into the passenger compartment through the speakers. The driver can vary the sound control capability through the different vehicle mode settings – Normal, Comfort & R. Also an exhaust sound control switch allows for a quieter engine start. By pressing the exhaust sound control switch prior to engine start, this will close the electronic valve within the exhaust system for more quiet operation at engine startup and continue for a brief time while the vehicle is driven with the engine running at low rpms. There is a 10 dB difference between having the electronic valve within the exhaust system closed & opened – a substantial difference in volumetric sound quality to the human ear.
Standard safety equipment includes a Nissan Advanced Air Bag System for driver & front passenger, front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags for driver & front-passenger. Standard roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags for front seat occupant head protection – along with front seat belts with pretensioners & load limiters & three-point ELR/ALR rear seat belts.
Other standard safety & convenience technologies include Advanced Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) stability control system with three driver-selectable modes (Normal, R-Mode, Off), Electronic Traction Control System (TCS), Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) & Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), RearView Monitor, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) & automatic on/off headlights.
Models & Options
Two options are available with the Pure and Premium modes: an All Weather Package, which includes Dunlop® all-season tires and unique coolant/water ratio; and the Premium Interior Package, with hand-stitched semi-aniline leather “Kuro Night” interior appointments (Premium model only).
With a starting price in the U.S. of $99,990, the 2018 GT-R Pure model is designed to be the most affordable of the four GT-R trim levels. The differences between the Pure & Premium grade – U.S. price of $110,490 – includes an 11-speaker Bose® audio system, Active Noise Cancellation & Active Sound Enhancement systems & Titanium exhaust system.
The GT-R Track Edition – now in its second year of limited availability – is designed to deliver a higher level of performance than the GT-R Pure & Premium models featuring elements of the flagship GT-R NISMO. The GT-R Track Edition retains the GT-R Premium model’s 565-horsepower engine rating – versus the GT-R NISMO’s 600-horsepower rating. It has a starting U.S. price of $128,490.
The ultimate GT-R being the motorsports-inspired GT-R NISMO is available in very limited numbers. It features numerous motorsports-inspired technologies to enhance the car’s performance through optimized aerodynamics, suspension & powertrain, creating a well-balanced machine at home on both the road & track. Price for this in the U.S is $175,490.
So to finish the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) for the 2018 Nissan GT-R in the U.S. is as follows :
- GT-R Pure – $99.990
- GT-R Premium – $110.490
- GT-R Track Edition – $128.490
- GT-R NISMO – $175.490