2010 Nissan GT-R


$28,421 - $29,213

2010 Nissan GT-R Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2010 Nissan GT-R was new.


Performance: 9.0

Masterful engineering makes the GT-R capable of blasting to mind-numbing speeds while handling twists and turns with ease. The biggest complaint levied against this speed machine is that it might just be too easy to drive.

  • "Just blasting off at any stop light pays the price for admission to this thrill ride. The GT-R explodes off the line. A combination of the electronically controlled all-wheel drive, super advanced everything and a 3.8-liter twin turbocharged engine gives this coupe super abilities. Really, it's unreal." -- Detroit News
  • "The GT-R is astonishingly quick in a straight line, but even more impressive going around a track. What's more, it's incredibly easy to drive both at the limit and in everyday commuting situations." --  Car and Driver
  • "The car is such a kick to drive...that it's hard to find anything not to like about it. What I did have to be careful about was going too fast on public highways. It's almost a chore to try to hold the GT-R down to speeds that won't get you in trouble with the traffic cops." -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Acceleration and Power

Test drivers are blown away by the GT-R's powerful engine and rocket-like performance. Featuring a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine, the GT-R generates 485 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 434 pound-feet of torque at 3,200-5,200 rpm. The GT-R's engine is mated to a six-speed dual clutch transmission with three driver-selectable modes: Normal, R-mode, and Snow. Also standard is fully automatic shifting or full sequential manual control via steering column-mounted paddle shifters. According to Nissan, the GT-R has a top speed of 193 mph. According to the EPA, the GT-R nets a city/highway fuel economy of 16/21 mpg.

  • "Acceleration is otherworldly, yet the GT-R remains unruffled no matter what the speedometer says." -- Edmunds
  • "This is a wicked fast car, traveling from 0 to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds, which is faster than -- well, almost anything. A Porsche 911 Turbo and a Dodge Viper each take 3.7 seconds." -- Orlando Sentinel
  • "Ungodly fast tranny in automatic, all WHAM WHAM WHAM WHAM WHAM without hesitation. Why argue with such genius? I just left it there and flew along, finding frightening acceleration available from any starting speed. Going 80, stomp, and now going 120. In an eyeblink. Like that. Please don't let there be police this once." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "GT-R is decently strong from a standstill, but quickly explodes into warp drive once the turbos kick in. Full-throttle downshifts take a moment to execute, but once they do, passing power is likewise stunning. The dual-clutch transmission can be a bit quirky in normal driving, but in general it upshifts quickly with light-throttle use, and can be in 6th gear by 30 mph." -- Consumer Guide
  • "I was given the chance to drive the GT-R for about two hours. It felt like I covered the first 100 miles in 30 minutes. The acceleration is so powerful, your body becomes a cartoon character, flattening against the seat and making you thinner but wider." -- Detroit News

Handling and Braking

Most test drivers are impressed by the GT-R's purposeful handling dynamics. The Los Angeles Times, however, finds it so well-engineered that it lacks driver involvement. Depending on what you're looking for in a sports car, this can be a good or bad thing.

Though it has been widely reported that the 2009 GT-R suffered from transaxle stress, the 2010 model has been fitted with a reprogrammed launch control system to eliminate the problem. To owners' delight, last year's model may even be retrofitted for the new system.

  • "Matching quick, well-weighted steering, driver-selectable suspension and variable-torque-split all-wheel drive with sticky, low-profile tires and big Brembo anti-lock brakes, the GT-R goes, stops and corners with the balanced confidence of a purpose-built race car - albeit one that tips the scales at a substantial 3,836-3,858 pounds." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The GT-R is unapologetically a performance car, but it really is pretty docile around town, with a firm but tolerable ride. It's certainly one of the most complex vehicles available, but it is not complicated from the driver's seat." -- Orlando Sentinel
  • "The massive brakes never showed a hint of fade after miles of hard running, hauling the GT-R down time and again from high speeds to tight, first gear corners." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Driven by something less than the finest drivers in the world -- and that would include me -- the margins of safety and control are so broad that it actually makes the car uninvolving.  ... The GT-R is the ultimate self-correcting mechanism. No matter how wrong you get your line or how bad you fumble your braking, simply turn the wheel where you want to go and mat the throttle. In an instant, the computers and AWD riddle out a solution and off you go." -- Los Angeles Times
  • "The all-wheel drive system was created just for the GT-R. While rear-axle biased, it can split the power 50:50 front to rear. It includes a yaw rate sensor that can measure the steering angle and the car's actual yaw and then adjust the torque bias to keep the car balanced. Please, just nod your head in appreciation because this is very impressive. Form follows function" -- Detroit News

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