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2016 Nissan GT-R

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/7/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2016

The 2016 Nissan GT-R gains a special-edition model called the 45th Anniversary Gold Edition, which is based off the Premium trim and adds unique features such as a gold-toned VIN plate inside the engine compartment, Silica Brass exterior color, and a commemorative plaque in the center console. Only 30 of these limited-production GT-Rs are slated to arrive in the U.S. A new 20-inch wheel design has also been added to Premium trim.

Vehicle Summary

The 2016 Nissan GT-R is an all-wheel-drive supercar powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6 producing 545 hp and 463 lb-ft of torque in the Premium, Black Edition, and 45th Anniversary Gold Edition models or 600 hp and 481 lb-ft in the GT-R Nismo. A rear-mounted six-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission is the only gearbox available. Regardless of the model, fuel economy is respectable at 16/22 mpg city/highway.


Even though the Nissan GT-R has been around since 2008, the supercar remains competitive thanks to yearly improvements that push its performance boundaries higher. The car’s superbly tuned chassis and slick, rear-biased all-wheel-drive system give it impeccable handling and road holding. Nismo variants provide the best performance in the GT-R lineup, featuring the most aggressive suspension setup and an extra 55 hp and 18 lb-ft over the less potent variants.

While there are technically four seats in the GT-R, the rear positions are best suited for children, since there’s barely any room back there for adults. A navigation system and an 11-speaker Bose audio system with Active Noise Control are standard in all GT-Rs. One of the key features inside the GT-R’s cabin is the seven-inch infotainment system touchscreen and the six-screen reconfigurable multi-function display system developed by Sony Polyphony Digital and Clarion, which shows readouts of vehicle and driving data.

What We Think

The 2016 Nissan GT-R remains an outstanding supercar, offering excellent performance that one would expect on vehicles that cost more. In a comparison test against the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, the GT-R Nismo won because it was the better car on a track and on a twisty road. Additionally, the amount of grip that the GT-R Nismo produced allowed it to “pull out of corners at warp speeds.” In a 2015 First Test review of the GT-R Nismo, we said that the car instilled driver confidence and a better performer when compared to first-year examples thanks to continuous improvements made to the car throughout the years.

The Nissan GT-R was the 2009 Motor Trend Car of the Year.

You’ll Like

  • Performs as well or better than more expensive cars
  • Nismo model is a legit supercar killer
  • Impressive road-holding capabilities

You Won’t Like

  • Cramped rear seats
  • Newer supercars are catching up to it
  • Rough ride, even with non-Nismo models

Key Competitors

  • Chevrolet Corvette
  • Porsche 911
  • Dodge Viper
  • Audi R8
  • Lamborghini Huracan


5 star


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