Year after year, the Nissan GT-R continues to set a new benchmark for the ultimate in sports car performance and value.
With even more refinements for the 2018 model year, the addition of Apple CarPlay, and a new GT-R Pure model, Nissan’s flagship sports coupe is more desirable than ever.
Let’s explore these subtle yet impactful updates with a closer look at our 2018 Nissan GT-R Track Edition test model.
2018 Nissan GT-R Track Edition Exterior
To this day, the Nissan GT-R is still one of the most exciting vehicles on the road, thanks to its race car-inspired looks and dramatic floating-roof design.
For the new model year, the GT-R receives numerous exterior enhancements, primarily focused on aerodynamic efficiency and cooling. At the front, Nissan’s signature V-motion grille now features a larger opening, and the under spoiler has been extended and lowered while still maintaining the same ground clearance as previous models.
The hood, side sills, and C-pillars have also been updated to improve overall aerodynamic performance at high speeds. As the air travels around the GT-R, less of it is being drawn underneath which reduces vehicle lift and results in increased stability.
These subtle changes make the GT-R look more athletic than ever. Our test model, which came painted in a vibrant Blaze Metallic, felt especially ready for competition with its dry carbon-fiber rear spoiler and gloss-black NISMO 20-inch RAYS forged alloy wheels.
Other exterior highlights include full-LED headlights, front fender vents, quad titanium exhaust tips, and the GT-R’s iconic round taillights.
There’s no denying that the 2018 GT-R is exceptionally attractive with its clean lines, performance-focused details, and timeless styling — it garnered big smiles and nods of approval from just about everyone we came across.
2018 Nissan GT-R Track Edition Interior
Inside the cabin of the 2018 GT-R, you’ll find a two-plus-two configuration along with a variety of premium and exotic materials.
Leather seating surfaces, carbon fiber, and chrome accents line the interior to deliver a simultaneously luxurious and sporting experience. This unique environment is further enhanced with red contrast stitching — one of our favorite details — which has been artfully implemented by a master craftsman on the Recaro sport seats, dashboard, steering wheel, and door.
To aid in distraction-free driving, the center stack has been simplified with less buttons and more ergonomic access. An 8-inch touchscreen display at the top provides a portal to all of the vehicle’s entertainment, connectivity, and customization options, while a multi-function steering wheel offers additional shortcut buttons for the hands-free phone system, voice control, and radio functions. The Display Commander controller mounted on the center console is also another way to access these settings without touching the main screen.
New for 2018 is the addition of Apple CarPlay, which complements the already impressive suite of NissanConnect functions like GPS navigation, traffic alerts, streaming media, and more. Other interior highlights include an 11 speaker Bose audio system with active noise cancellation, heated front seats, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, and dual zone automatic temperature control.
Whether you’re going for a spirited drive, a long-distance trip, or just trying to get through your daily commute, the thoughtful and purposefully-designed interior of the GT-R makes sure you arrive in comfort and style.
2018 Nissan GT-R Track Edition Performance
When it comes to all-out performance, there are few vehicles that can match the GT-R’s impressive capabilities.
It all starts with an award-winning hand-built 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that produces 565 horsepower and 467 lb-ft of torque. Together with a dual-clutch six-speed transmission and an intelligent ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system, the GT-R delivers incredible acceleration and near-instantaneous response.
Purists will be relieved to know that under normal driving conditions, the GT-R sends 100-percent of its torque to the rear wheels for a traditional sports car experience. But depending on a number of factors — speed, lateral acceleration, steering angle, tire slip, road surface, and yaw rate — up to 50-percent of the engine’s torque can be sent to the front wheels for enhanced traction and handling.
Certain aspects of the GT-R’s driving dynamics can also be customized via three switches on the center console, allowing you to manually adjust the transmission’s behavior, traction control levels, and suspension dampening from the Bilstein shock absorbers.
So what does all of this performance feel like in real-world use? One word: incredible. The level of grip during cornering feels endless; accelerations are giggle-inducing. Nissan has somehow managed to deliver track-ready performance in a refined and mature package that’s very accessible and suitable for daily-use. And it does all of this without asking more from the driver, making it one of the most versatile sports cars we’ve ever tested.
Our Track Edition test model also came standard with a titanium exhaust system, Brembo brakes, Dunlop high-performance run-flat tires, and NISMO-tuned suspension.
Fuel economy on the 2018 Nissan GT-R Track Edition is an EPA-estimated 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway**.
2018 Nissan GT-R Track Edition Safety
Just like the rest of Nissan’s line up, the 2018 GT-R comes standard with the latest in advanced safety technology, like front, side, and curtain air bags, anti-lock brakes, traction control system, vehicle dynamic control, and electronic brake force distribution.
Our test model also came standard with a back up camera, as well as parking sensors for the front and rear.
2018 Nissan GT-R Track Edition Overall
We can only imagine that owning a GT-R feels a lot like getting the century’s best two-for-one deal — you’ve got a race car and an easy-to-use, practical daily-driver in one gorgeous package.
Starting MSRP for the 2018 Nissan GT-R Track Edition is $128,490, and our test model came equipped with just a few cosmetic additions for $131,605*.
Feel the GT-R’s intoxicating performance by visiting your local AutoNation Nissan dealership.
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.