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2014 Nissan GT-R Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2014 Nissan GT-R was new.


Performance: 9.2

The 2014 Nissan GT-R is acclaimed by reviewers as one of the best-performing and fastest sports cars on the market, with blistering acceleration and impressive handling and traction with its standard all-wheel drive system. Many test drivers note that the GT-R is less engaging behind the wheel than other sports cars, but they mention that it is incredibly easy to drive quickly, adding that its handling technology can make amateur drivers look like seasoned race car drivers. Reviewers also say that the GT-R is comfortable on highway cruises and around-town driving.

  • "From a speed and acceleration standpoint, the GT-R is as good as it gets, with blindingly fast straight-line performance and tire-melting torque. All this power feels a little less daunting because it is accompanied by a very precise steering system, sophisticated all-wheel drive and big, strong brakes designed to reel the car in with precision and control." -- AutoTrader
  • "The car is unflappable. It can't be flapped. Zero chance of flappage. And that's without even mentioning launch control, which is a mystical wonderful creation. It pins you back in your seat like Hulk Hogan is sitting on your chest. I actually had a friend tell me after two launch control starts that he might puke if I did it again. It's madness." -- Jalopnik
  • "The changes have sharpened one of the best performance buys on the market into a weapons-grade track assault vehicle that just so happens to be street legal. More than ever, this is a car that rankles established supercar players with names like Lamborghini, Ferrari and Porsche, and does so with a Nissan badge on the hood." -- Autoblog

Acceleration and Power

The 2014 GT-R is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 that produces 545 horsepower and 463 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed dual clutch transmission is standard. The GT-R is rated by the EPA at 16/23 mpg city/highway, which is fairly good among its competitors.

According to automotive journalists, the GT-R is one of the fastest cars there is, noting acceleration from 0 to 60 mph takes as little as 2.7 seconds. Despite its uncanny acceleration and performance, test drivers find that the GT-R feels tame and easy to drive in heavy traffic when desired. Reviewers add that the GT-R's transmission is fairly good overall, but lacks the finesse and low-speed smoothness found in rivals' dual clutch transmissions.

  • "I had to wait until an errand took me to an industrial park, deserted after hours, to get a tiny hint of what the GT-R was capable of (0-60 in a surreal 2.7 seconds, for starters). It's certainly more capable of going fast, whether in a straight line or around a corner, than I am. Than the vast majority of people are." -- AutoWeek
  • "Thanks to its 545-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 and a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system, the GT-R can rocket from zero to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds, a time that's one of the quickest we've ever recorded in testing." -- Edmunds
  • "I'd like to thank Mr. Tsunemi Ooyama for building the 3.8-liter V-6 that resides under the hood of a certain pearl-white Nissan GT-R. Nice work, Ooyama-san. Your efforts brought me much joy and helped to terrify numerous passengers unprepared for the violent acceleration unleashed by your twin-turbo handiwork." -- The New York Times
  • "A paragon of usable power, the GT-R's hand-built, 545-horsepower turbocharged V6 delivers smooth, quick and predictable responses that make this ultra-fast Nissan easy to live with in town but an absolute rocket when called upon to give max performance." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "When it came out, the GT-R probably had the best double clutch gearbox in all the land. Now, it's still really good, but it's no longer the best. Porsche's PDK and Audi's S-Tronic have both leapfrogged the GT-R. P Shifts are fast and rev matched beautifully when at speed, but it's clunkier at slow speeds. Shifts aren't necessarily all that smooth. It makes crude noises when going into first. It also needs a seventh gear, the drone at highway speeds is awful. It's still good, but it just isn't as good as its competitors from Germany." -- Jalopnik

Handling and Braking

The 2014 Nissan GT-R has standard all-wheel drive. The new-for-2014 Track Edition trim features a stiffer, more track-tuned suspension than what is found in other GT-R trims, as well as other track-focused mechanical bits. Test drivers agree that the GT-R has incredibly nimble handling, with quick reflexes and nicely weighted steering. They add that its brakes are incredibly strong and say that overall, the GT-R has lots of grip and is very easy to control, even if thrown into a corner a bit too quickly. Some also say that since it is so easily controlled, it is less involving to drive than some rivals, but most don't mind. They add that the GT-R's adjustable shock absorbers help make it a comfortable car to drive on a daily basis and for longer highway drives.

  • "The GT-R offers an easygoing ride thanks to a driver-tunable vehicle dynamics system. In normal mode, the car takes on a less rigid personality, making it viable for daily commuting or interstate cruising. Everyday comfort is something that many vehicles in this category can't claim." -- AutoTrader
  • "There are many car writers who complain about the GT-R feeling too much like a video game with all the computers and sensors taking steering angle readers and throttle position to adjust the car's behavior accordingly. It's true that the GT-R experience is different and isn't as tactile as a lot of sports cars out there, but instead it's exhilarating in its own way. Throw it into a corner hard and it will initially understeer briefly before all the computers go to work and route power to the appropriate wheels to suck you into the apex. It's almost too easy. It will make you look like you know what you are doing behind the wheel even if that's not necessarily the case." -- AutoWeek
  • "Braking is likewise as urgent and powerful." -- Edmunds
  • "Thankfully, the GT-R's well-weighted power steering, driver-adjustable suspension and variable torque-split all-wheel drive (AWD) combine to give the driver all the control he requires. Needing only the slightest inputs, the GT-R's steering is precise and direct, and the big Brembo brakes perform faithfully even after repeated hard stops. Those who really enjoy pushing the limits will revel in the GT-R's Race mode settings that can be set to quicken shifts, stiffen the shocks and, wisely or not, deactivate the electronic stability and traction control." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Now, get the GT-R out to an open autocross or put it on track. It comes alive. Turn in is crisp and Godzilla stays neutral throughout. Remember how Jeremy Clarkson hurt his neck in a GT-R at the Fuji Circuit in Japan? I doubt that was Top Gear fakery. This thing can corner better than a roller coaster." -- Jalopnik

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