Back in 2009, the American economy was stumbling and fuel prices were rising. It was an unfavorable time for Nissan to launch its new GT-R. Yet with all-wheel drive, a thumping turbocharged V6 and decades of heritage behind it, the GT-R became an immediate sensation. A decade later, the economy is healthy and gas prices are low. The 2019 Nissan GT-R, however, is not much different than it was for its debut.
The 2019 Nissan GT-R dynamic styling is both attractive and functional. The V-motion grille, one of Nissan’s design signatures, features a matte chrome finish and mesh pattern. The hood, with its pronounced character lines flowing flawlessly from the grille, is reinforced to enhance stability during high speed driving. By essentially eliminating hood deformation, testing has shown that the hood design greatly improves aerodynamic performance at the front of the vehicle at high speeds.
The GT-R’s aerodynamic exterior focuses on three key areas: downforce generation, drag reduction and cooling of vital vehicle systems. The goal is to maximize cooling airflow, while at the same time keeping aerodynamic drag in check – for example, not increasing drag in one area of the vehicle as a result of improving cooling performance/airflow in another.
In addition to the grille and hood, the curving profile of the front under spoiler is slightly extended and lowered to maximize airflow at its lower edge. By carefully shaping the sill cover along the lower portions of the sides of the car, the amount of air being drawn underneath is reduced, countering vehicle lift and improving stability. The C-pillars’ upper portions are 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 and side air vents are 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 is heightened to make the car look wider and more aggressive. The result is an aerodynamically efficient overall exterior with enhanced stability at high speeds, while keeping a 0.26 drag coefficient.
The 2019 Nissan GT-R Pure is available in three exterior colors: Jet Black Pearl, Gun Metallic and Pearl White TriCoat (premium color). The Premium trim is offered in seven exterior colors: Solid Red, Blaze Metallic QuadCoat (premium color), Jet Black Pearl, Super Silver QuadCoat (premium color), Gun Metallic, Pearl White TriCoat (premium color) and Deep Blue Pearl.
The 2019 Nissan GT-R 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 instrument panel 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. The 8.0-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 and other infotainment functions.
In keeping with the all-out performance targets for the GT-R, the seats’ 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 driver and front passenger seatbacks for the Pure and Premium models are engineered to provide a premium ride experience and ample torso support, resulting in less slippage during spirited driving and 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.
The leather itself is artfully stitched together throughout the cabin by a master craftsman. Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters allow drivers to make mid-turn gear changes without taking their hands off the wheel. The interior features leather-appointed seating (Pure) and available semi-aniline leather appointments, and four different color options: Black, Amber Red and Rakuda Tan, as well as the premium black “Kuro Night.”
Standard on all 2019 Nissan GT-R models is NissanConnect with Navigation and Services featuring Apple CarPlay, with 8.0-inch color display with multi-touch control, Nissan Voice Recognition for navigation and audio, HD Radio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, SiriusXM Traffic, SiriusXM Travel Link (weather, fuel prices, movie listings, stock info and sports), Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, Streaming audio via Bluetooth, Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant, NissanConnect Mobile Apps and NissanConnect Services Powered by SiriusXM. 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 and 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.
The 2019 Nissan GT-R 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 and 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.
3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 (Pure, Premium, Track)
565 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm
467 lb-ft of torque @ 3,300-5,800 rpm
Zero to 60 mph: 2.9 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 6.9 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 3.8 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 11.1 sec @ 126 mph
Top speed: 195 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 148 ft
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/22 mpg
3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 (Nismo)
600 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm
481 lb-ft of torque @ 3,600-5,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/22 mpg
Dubbed the “VR38DETT,” the engine features plasma-sprayed bores (versus cast iron liners) for reduced friction and weight, enhanced cooling, superior power output and increased fuel efficiency. It also boasts a symmetrical independent intake and 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; and a lateral wet and dry sump oiling system.
Nissan GT-R Premium, Track Edition and 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 and evacuate hot air.
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 2019 Nissan 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 and 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 and G sensor, and adjusts the torque bias accordingly.
The transmission shift-management control of the sequential 6-speed dual clutch transmission offers superb refinement and performance in a variety of driving situations. The GT-R’s Premium Midship Platform layout places the transmission, transfer case and 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 and high level of control for a variety of driving situations – includes a valve housing system that reduces resistance losses.
The DampTronic system features three driver selectable settings: Normal; Comfort, for maximum suspension compliance; or R. The same three-stage adjustability is also available for the VDC system and transmission shift operation. The “R” and “Comfort” settings offer the driver enhanced sportiness and 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, while 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 and rigidity.
The 2019 GT-R’s steering system – a speed-sensitive power rack-and-pinion design with aluminum steering rack, four-point mounting and stiff insulators – possesses sharp response during spirited driving, with reduced effort for around-the-town commutes and exceptional feedback on the open highway.
Stopping power is provided by Brembo monoblock six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers with 15.35-inch front and 15.0-inch rear Brembo full-floating, cross-drilled two-piece rotors and low-steel, high-stiffness brake pads that minimize fade and provide intense stopping performance. The calipers utilize race car-style radial mounting to minimize caliper flex during extreme braking.
TRIM LEVELS & PRICING
The 2019 Nissan GT-R is a high-performance four-seat sport coupe. Its available in four trim levels: the Pure is the least expensive, the Premium add luxury options, the Track Edition adds more track focus and the GT-R Nismo ups all performance qualities to the max.
The Pure trim come standard with 20-inch wheels with summer run-flat tires, LED headlights and running lights, power-folding heated mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, an adaptive suspension, configurable drive modes, keyless entry and ignition, leather upholstery with faux suede inserts, dual-zone automatic climate control, a heated eight-way power driver’s seat (four-way for the front passenger), a manual tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a rearview camera, an 8-inch touchscreen, a navigation system, voice controls, NissanConnect mobile-app integration, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker Bose audio system, USB connectivity, and satellite and HD radio.
The GT-R Premium adds an active sound enhancement and noise cancellation system, titanium exhaust and an 11-speaker sound system.
Options for the Pure and Premium are limited to the Cold Weather package, with all-season tires and unique coolant mixture. The Premium models can be equipped with a Premium Interior package, which adds hand-stitched premium leather upholstery, special floor mats, and a few premium paint and interior color schemes.
The 2019 Nissan GT-R Track Edition is similar but receives the Nismo’s suspension, chassis and interior upgrades. The limited-production GT-R Nismo comes with a stiffer body structure, a front fascia with more cooling area and downforce, side skirts and rear wing, Recaro seats, lightweight forged alloy wheels, a more aggressive suspension calibration, and a tuning version of the V6 engine good for 600 hp and 481 lb-ft of torque.
GT-R Track Edition