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TOTD: Which Nissan GT-R Variant Would You Choose?

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/15/2014 Karla Sanchez
2015 Nissan GT R Nismo© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Nissan GT R Nismo

We recently got behind the wheel of the 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo, which is not only the newest addition to the most current GT-R lineup, but also the most expensive - by a large margin. With a price tag of $151,585, we found ourselves wondering whether or not that incredible amount of money is a fair price for a slightly faster, stickier, much rarer GT-R. "Some MT vets would rather buy a base car, tune it, and call it a day," we said in the First Test. But the base GT-R (Premium) isn't the only other current and more affordable GT-R to choose from: there's also the Black Edition. And just for fun, we’ll include the rare and sold out 2014 GT-R Track Edition. So with four enticing flavors to choose from, which version of Godzilla would you choose?

2014 Nissan GT R Track Edition© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Nissan GT R Track Edition

Starting with the Nismo, its 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 has been tuned to put out 600 horses over the usual 545 horses produced by the other GT-Rs. That bump translates to slightly better numbers compared to the Track Edition, but only in some MT tests. While it demolished the quarter-mile slightly slower in 11.1 seconds versus the Track Edition's 11.0 seconds, it passed the mark going 125.3 mph versus 125.1 mph. On the skidpad, it achieved an average 1.06g load -- the gummiest GT-R ever. However, it didn't reach 0-60 mph as quick as the 2014 GT-R Track Edition. The Track Edition, which starts at $116,710, got there in 2.7 seconds versus the Nismo's 2.9 seconds. In the brake test, the Track Edition also took the cake, in which it needed 3 feet less to come to a halt from 60 mph compared to the Nismo. However, while the Track Edition seems like the steal compared to the Nismo, it only has room for two passengers since the rear seats have been deleted for the sake of improved performance.

2013 Nissan GT R Black Edition© Provided by MotorTrend 2013 Nissan GT R Black Edition

If $116,710 is still too steep, consider the Black Edition, which costs $113,105. Even the Black Edition reached 0-60 mph a hair quicker than the Nismo at 2.8 seconds. Although both passed the quarter-mile in 11.1 seconds, the Black Edition's trap speed was slightly slower at 124.8 mph. Although it doesn't have as much carbon fiber as the Nismo and Track Edition, the Black Edition is still peppered with some carbon fiber elements and more premium features than the GT-R Premium, which starts at $103,365. The last 2012 GT-R we tested accelerated from 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds, and that's back when it only produced 530 hp. Again, it's still only a bit slower in the quarter-mile, completing it in 11.2 seconds with a trap speed of 122.7 mph.

The GT-R as a whole is an incredibly dynamic supercar, but each of the four variants offers a little something different for a premium. With that said, which GT-R would you choose? Let us know in the comments below.


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