Which 2017 Nissan GT-R Is Right for You?

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The Nissan GT-R is more than a powerful engine, though it does have plenty of horsepower to satiate the speediest of demons. It’s also a high-tech dynamo that will blow away the competition. We examine each of the available trims, including the new Track Edition that will release in Summer 2017.


The Premium starts at $109,990 and comes with a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged 24-valve V-6 engine. This beast is capable of 565 horsepower and takes advantage of a Premium Midship platform design for balance. The dual-clutch six-speed transmission has three driver-selectable modes: normal, R-mode, and save. To help the driver maintain control, this trim of the Nissan GT-R features an electric all-wheel drive system. It can provide all available torque to the rear wheels or can send 50% the front wheels, when necessary.

The Premium trim has an Advanced Vehicle Dynamic Control system with three driver-selectable modes. It’s designed unlike any other stability control system on the road because it adjusts engine speed and applies braking to the appropriate wheel when it senses over- or under-steering. This helps keep drivers snugly on the road during less than ideal weather conditions.

For convenience, it has a configurable multi-function display system. Additionally, drivers will find a rearview monitor, 11 Bose speakers, and active noise cancellation. However, it’s possible to enhance the sound of the engine to allow it into the cabin with active sound enhancement.

Track Edition

The Track Edition will be available in summer 2017 and has an MSRP of $127,990. This trim comes with the same 3.8-liter twin turbocharged engine but has some unique changes that make it suited for the race track. Drivers may immediately notice the NISMO black 20-inch super-lightweight RAYS forged alloy wheels. Their knurled beads help keep the tires from slipping under aggressive acceleration.

The Track Edition further comes with an NISMO-tuned suspension, which has three driver-selectable driving modes that continuously monitor vehicle speed, lateral acceleration, torque, engine rpm, and breaking behavior. This trim comes with unique a dry carbon-fiber rear spoiler along with a black and red interior. The leather-appointed front seats may be beautiful, but they’re also built for performance with cutouts in the driver’s seat cushion to aid leg movement.


The Nissan GT-R NISMO starts at $174,990 and has one huge major improvement—a stronger engine. This trim comes with an NISMO-tuned 600-horsepower, 3.8-liter high capacity twin-turbocharged V-6 engine. This trim equips the same NISMO black 20-inch super-lightweight RAYS wheel found in the Track Edition and adds a NISMO aerodynamic body design. The carbon-fiber front and rear fascia allow this vehicle to attain top speeds without any issues.

The inside is just as sleek with the same red and black interior as the Track Edition, but the tachometer receives a major upgrade. This specially designed and badged instrument gives the driver a clear and detailed view of the engine’s performance. The NISMO Recaro leather-appointed front seats are lined with comfortable synthetic suede inserts and help support your body through even the strongest of g-forces during turns.

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