2011 Nissan GT-R

2011 Nissan GT-R Review

Note: This review was created when the 2011 Nissan GT-R was new.

Since its introduction in 2009, the Nissan GT-R, or "Gran Turismo-Racer," has become world-renowned for its combination of raging sports-car performance, functional design and first-rate interior accommodations. "Once you behold the 2011 Nissan GT-R, you will have no doubt in your mind that it is one of the greatest supercars ever built," writes Automobile.com. "Even more amazingly, the GT-R costs only about half of what most of its competitors do."

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful 485-horsepower twin-turbo V6
  • Impressive sports handling capabilities
  • Functional performance-enhancing exterior design
  • Lots of modern interior convenience features
  • Exterior design garners mixed opinions
  • Back seat unsuitable for passengers

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Nissan GT-R has a score of 8.7 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 26 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 9.1
Interior: 8.2
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2011 Nissan GT-R Overview

Now three years old, the highly-acclaimed Nissan GT-R receives minor tweaks for 2011, but maintains its supercar allure and abilities. While the base trim has been discontinued, the Nissan GT-R Premium receives a mild refresh. Also, a number of previously optional features are now standard. Not surprisingly, reviewers are impressed. Autoblog writes, "The illustrious Nissan GT-R is, quite possibly, one of our favorite cars currently in production."

Still, the 2011 Nissan GT-R isn't without its faults. In addition to a useless back seat, it garners mixed reviews for its looks. Plus, some purists cringe at the fact that the Nissan GT-R doesn't come equipped with a traditional manual transmission. But taken as a whole, these are minor issues.

Given the GT-R’s 2011 upgrades, shoppers should expect a slightly steeper sticker price. The 2010 model starts at $80,790. However, the 2011 Nissan GT-R will carry a starting price of $84,060. But considering that the 2011 Nissan GT-R’s performance capabilities rival higher-priced exotics from Ferrari and Lamborghini, it’s still a steal.

Other Sports Cars to Consider

Before finalizing a sales deal on a 2011 Nissan GT-R, be sure to check out the Porsche 911 Carrera -- which is top dog in the class of super luxury sports cars. In addition to its exclusive nameplate, the 911 features a sleeker, less controversial design, as well as comparable performance abilities. The 2011 Nissan GT-R, however, provides more cargo room -- enhancing its practicality. Higher-end trims of the 911 also cost substantially more than the 2011 Nissan GT-R.

Details: 2011 Nissan GT-R

For 2011, Nissan has dropped the GT-R’s base trim and added more standard features to the GT-R Premium. The 2011 Nissan GT-R features darker wheel caps, a double clear coat on its front and rear fascias, new rear cooling ducts and a minor retuning of its suspension system. Also, auto on/off headlights, speed-sensitive windshield wipers, a USB iPod interface, streaming audio via Bluetooth and DVD playback are now standard. What’s more, the 2011 Nissan GT-R’s navigation system now includes XM NavTraffic, NavWeather capability and premium points-of-interest (POI) information. Be sure to check for current Nissan deals that may be available on a new Nissan GT-R.

  • "Not only are you in a lot of camera-phone pictures when you drive the GT-R, but another part of the deal is that you end up taking a lot of people for thrill rides." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The GT-R is Nissan's 'look what we can do' car. And they can do a heck of a lot." -- Orlando Sentinel
  • "Priced near $80,000, the most expensive vehicle ever to wear a Nissan badge justifies its relatively lofty sticker with the appearance, attitude and, most of all, the ability to handily dispatch many costlier, more exotic foes, from the BMW M6 to the Porsche 911 Carrera Turbo. Only a Corvette ZO6 comes close to matching its price-to-performance index." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Quirkier than most rivals, the all-wheel-drive Nissan GT-R offers impressive acceleration, a comfortable and well-appointed interior, and decent luggage space. Recent, and rather steep, price hikes have blunted its value a bit. But for those who prefer an automatic transmission -- and can accept one that isn't particularly well behaved in everyday driving -- GT-R is an exotic performance car that still isn't quite priced like one." -- Consumer Guide

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