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2016 Nissan GT-R Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2016 Nissan GT-R was new.


Performance: 9.1

According to reviewers, the 2016 Nissan GT-R gets brute power and dynamic acceleration from either of two turbocharged engine choices. Power output is managed by a smooth operating transmission, while standard all-wheel drive keeps the GT-R firmly planted to the road (or track). The GT-R tackles curvy roads with vigor, and its adjustable suspension allows drivers to tune the ride according to their preference.

  • "With continual improvements over the years and increases in standard feature content, a new GT-R is now in six-figure territory, but Nissan's top sports car remains an impressive beast. The heart of the GT-R is its potent, twin-turbocharged V6, which now produces 550 hp in standard tune. A multitude of computer-controlled systems govern a stellar rear-biased all-wheel-drive system that adjusts the torque split based on multiple factors. Combine all this with an adjustable suspension, and you have a car capable of making a novice driver feel like a track star." -- Edmunds
  • "The Nissan GT-R is a giant killer, a supercar that offers the kind of extreme performance that can normally only be achieved by ultra-pricey exotics." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "At the heart of every GT-R is an extremely potent twin-turbo V6, a fast-shifting automated manual gearbox, sport-tuned suspension, powerful Brembo brakes and a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system. All these elements come together to make the 2015 Nissan GT-R an extremely capable sports car." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "While it is still powerful as all get-out, the entire experience is, indeed, greatly refined. The suspension is noticeably smoother than previous GT-Rs, yet it remained just as responsive." -- AutoWeek (2015)

Acceleration and Power

The 2016 GT-R comes standard with a turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 engine that puts out 545 horsepower and 463 pound-feet of torque. The NISMO trim features a more powerful turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 that produces 600 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission is standard. The GT-R gets an EPA-estimated 16/22 mpg city/highway, which is below average for the class.

The GT-R focuses on performance, and its powerful V6 engines deliver with mind-altering acceleration. The GT-R can race from 0 to 60 mph in a mere three seconds, and Nissan lists its top speed as 196 mph. The transmission helps make the most of all this power with its quick, smooth gear changes.

  • "You can still nail the gas pedal to summon the soul of Godzilla, at which point you reel in the horizon at an astounding pace." -- Car and Driver (2015)
  • "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." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "Floor it, and this coupe throws you back in your seat - that's what happens when you have the ability to blast to 60 mph in under three seconds. This blunt force would be terrifying if not for the GT-R's array of mechanical and electronic chassis systems intended to keep both car and driver safe at high speeds." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "The turbo V6 produces acceleration that's not unlike the jump to warp speed, while the transmission rips off rapid and perfectly rev-matched gearchanges." -- Edmunds (2015)

Handling and Braking

All-wheel drive is standard on the GT-R and contributes to the outstanding grip that gives the car a planted feel. Cornering is a definite strength of the GT-R, whether on the track or carving up windy roads.

Even at speed, the GT-R's handling inspires confidence. The adjustable suspension provides three settings to adjust ride quality, and the Brembo brakes provide plenty of stopping power.

  • "The GT-R is as sure-footed and stuck to the pavement as a world-class sports car can be. That's especially true in the curves, whether on harrowing canyon switchbacks or a racetrack. Almost regardless of its speed, the GT-R feels extremely confident in corners. It maintains grip and balance as if it's a race car, and it offers a true sense of control and stability." -- AutoTrader
  • The performance extends well beyond straight-line performance, as the Nissan GT-R boasts cornering grip that borders on surreal. With an adjustable suspension, well-weighted steering and stop-me-now Brembo brakes, the GT-R thrills when pushed, and its 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission fires off shifts faster than a traditional manual gearbox. The downside is that the GT-R isn't nearly as refined as a Porsche 911 or Audi R8, and lacks day-to-day comfort." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "My speed increased with each run as I grew more comfortable with the road and more confident that I knew the vehicle's limits-if it even has any. Not once did a wheel chirp, and not once did the car break loose." -- Popular Mechanics (2015)
  • "This is also an exotic that remains remarkably easy to drive fast. Chuck the GT-R into a corner, any corner, and it sticks through the bend and rockets out the other side." -- Edmunds (2015)

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