2014 Nissan GT-R Review

May 5, 2014
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The 2014 Nissan GT-R is not just your run-of-the-mill coupe with a big engine. It is actually a supercar built from the ground up to satiate the desire of performance fans for adrenaline rush. It is designed for speed and competes well with Porsche 911 and Audi R8.

NEW FOR THE 2014 GT-R

  • Fuel injectors for quicker throttle response
  • Oil pan baffle guards
  • Improved fuel economy
  • New limited-availability Track Edition model (only 150 units available for the US) that has no rear seat and has stiffer springs equipped with Bilstein Damp Tronic gas-pressure shocks.

UNDER THE HOOD

All models of the 2014 Nissan GT-R are powered by a hand-built 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 with 545-horsepower and 463 lb-ft of tourque. The said engine is tied to a rear-mounted six-speed dual clutch transmission. With the new fuel injectors added to the engine, the mid-rpm throttle response of the GT-R has greatly improved and its new oil pan baffle allows it to have better cornering capability. Accordingly, it can rev up from zero to 60 under three seconds, to 100 mph at around eight seconds and reach a top speed of over 190 mph.

Most supercars are not easy when it comes to fuel economy, considering they can go at 200-mph top speed. However, GT-R has a fuel economy that can be considered even by EPA standards. Its EPA city/highway fuel economy tips at 16/23 mpg, higher than its 15/21 mpg record in 2012.

ON THE ROAD

The 2014 Nissan GT-R is without a doubt a formidable performance car, outpacing other supercars that are twice its value. With its powerful steering and performance-enhancing technology, the GT-R allows for smooth, precise and quick driving even with minimal input, making it a perfect track car. Its Brembo brakes perform well even with repeated hard stops.

So long as you do not push the GT-R’s limits, it is possible to drive the vehicle through the city or cruise it on the highway. Thanks to its all-wheel drive system, the car’s torque split can vary depending on speed, tire slip, steering angle, lateral acceleration and road surface. Its driver-adjustable suspension, stability-control settings and transmission give you full control of the way you handle the GT-R.

INSIDE THE 2014 GT-R

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The interior of 2014 Nissan GT-R is not as opulent as other luxury sports cars. Yet, all the features found inside serve their purpose well.

The cabin is spacious with supportive front seats. The driver seat boasts an eight-way power adjustment setup, making it easier to find a good driving position, while the front passenger seat offers sufficient legroom even for a six-feet plus passenger. However, the rear seats are small and cannot accommodate grown adults, though they can perfectly fit child seats. The headroom is quite spacious for a car of this type, while rear end view is good as is, but is made even better with the assistance of a rear view camera.

There is a definite cockpit feel to the vehicle with its multifunction centrepiece–a unit that keeps track of your driving activities–resting at the top of the center dash. All buttons are easy to access and are intuitive to use. The steering wheel requires a little update given that is clad in outdated leather.

The 2014 GT-R’s trunk space is spacious enough at 8.8 cubic feet. This is actually commendable compared to other vehicles in the class.

KEY FEATURES

The 2014 Nissan GT-R is available in three distinct versions: Premium, Black Edition and Track Edition.

Power windows, locks and mirrors, a voice-activated navigation system with real-traffic and 3D mapping, leather interior, heated front seats, side-impact and side-curtain airbags and 11-speaker Bose audio system with Bluetooth comes standard to all three models.

The Black Edition adds 20-inch RAYS alloy wheels, Recaro leather seats and a black headliner to its roster of features. The new Track Edition, on the other hand, is stripped off the rear seats and is outfitted with a lightweight quilted cloth mat instead. It also adds suspension tuning, carbon-fiber air ducts and rear spoiler, brake cooling guides and higher spring rates.

A Cold Weather Package that features Dunlop all-season tires and specialized coolant mix used to be the only optional package offered by Nissan for its GT-R. However, the firm has a second option for its 2014 GT-R, which they refer to as the Premium Interior Package. This includes semi-aniline hand-stitched leather for the seats, instrument panel, door, shift knob, steering wheel and armrests, which can be used to improve the appearance of the GT-R’s interior.

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