The 2023 Nissan GT-R, a true automotive enthusiast’s car, is made in two trim levels, Premium and NISMO. They both have a hand-built twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6, but they’re tuned for different output: the version in the Premium makes 565 hp and 467 lb.-ft. of torque, while the competition-minded NISMO’s is tuned for 600 hp and 481 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine’s highly precise electronic controls eliminate turbo lag for the most satisfying acceleration. Both trims also have a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with separate clutches for the odd and even gears and a dry-sump lubrication system, which sprays transmission oil directly onto the gears to limit friction and maximize life of the components.
Nissan’s ATTESA E-TS variable-torque all-wheel drive system is standard as well. It automatically optimizes power distribution between the front and rear axles for the ultimate handling, ranging from almost 100 percent power to the rear to as much as 50 percent to the front, as needed for the driving situation. The EPA has estimated fuel economy for both GT-R trims to be 16 mpg around town and 22 mpg on the highway.
The Premium trim is all set to provide its enthusiastic driver with a truly uncommon on-road experience, day after day. Dunlop summer tires on 20-inch wheels grip the pavement, and high-performance brakes – the product of a collaboration between Nissan and Brembo – provide smooth and sure stopping, with six pistons on the front calipers and four on the rear. This base GT-R also boasts Bilstein DampTronic shock absorbers with settings for Normal, Comfort, and R (racing), plus aluminum sport pedals, a unique titanium exhaust system by Fujitsubo, active sound enhancement/cancellation, and a display that shows a selection of specific performance data. Beyond that, this trim has Nissan’s Intelligent Key (proximity access), heated power leather front sport seats with suede inserts, dual-zone automatic climate control, door handles that sit flush for prime aerodynamics, full LED exterior lights (headlights, daytime running lights, and taillights), heated power-folding side mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, a leather-wrapped tilt/telescopic steering wheel with integrated gauges, illuminated vanity mirrors, a pair of USB ports and a pair of 12V power outlets, and an overhead console sunglasses holder.
The track-focused NISMO trim moves up to larger carbon-ceramic brake rotors, an upgraded sport suspension, some carbon-fiber exterior components to save weight, Recaro sport seats (also with leather and suede), black and red interior accents, a faux suede wrapping for the steering wheel, and a unique NISMO tachometer.
The GT-R gets a full set of airbags plus some driver-assist technologies: a rearview monitor, front and rear parking sensors, hill start assist, and a traction control system. For staying connected and entertained, the infotainment system in both trims has an 8-inch touchscreen, voice recognition, Apple CarPlay, navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth, and a Bose audio system with eleven speakers. Buyers of the Premium can order the optional Interior Package to get hand-stitched semi-aniline leather seats.