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2017 Nissan GT-R Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2017 Nissan GT-R was new.


Performance: 9.0

The 2017 Nissan GT-R delivers an impressive amount of horsepower from its standard 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine. Just don’t expect impressive ride quality to match.

  • "At the heart of every GT-R is an extremely potent twin-turbo V6, plus a fast-shifting automated manual gearbox, a sport-tuned suspension, powerful Brembo brakes and a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system. All these elements come together to make the 2017 Nissan GT-R an extremely capable sports car." -- Autotrader
  • "Like most sports cars, the GT-R requires some sacrifices with regard to comfort and convenience. Then again, shoppers in this arena are generally willing to give up some refinement in the name of performance. And the Nissan GT-R definitely performs, even though it's no spring chicken at this point. It put the mighty 911 Turbo on notice when it first hit the market, and it's still one of the fastest track-day cars you can buy." -- Edmunds
  • Having never driven a GT-R before, we were surprised by the mechanical feel of it all. Again, everything we've read about the GT-R hailed it as a high-tech car from the future, but its driving experience is delightfully analog." -- Left Lane News

Acceleration and Power

The 2017 GT-R gets its power from a 3.8-liter turbocharged V6 churning out 565 horsepower, making it one of the most powerful base engines in the luxury sports car segment. A 600-horsepower, twin-turbocharged high-capacity 3.8-liter V6 engine powers the GT-R Nismo trim. A six-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters comes standard. The base GT-R has an EPA rating of 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.

The GT-R comes track-ready out of the box, but at city speeds it’s not as composed as it could be.

  • "There's no denying the 2017 Nissan GT-R's performance credentials. It's blindingly quick and knifes through corners with impressive precision." -- Edmunds
  • "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's accompanied by a very precise steering system, sophisticated all-wheel drive and big, strong brakes that are designed to reel the car in with precision and control." -- Autotrader
  • High-speed, aggressive driving is where this car feels most at home. In fact, the GT-R doesn't seem particularly happy when it's going slow. Thanks in part to the uncompromising tuning of the automated manual transmission and track-biased all-wheel-drive system, it takes a more-than-delicate push on the throttle pedal to get the GT-R moving from a stop. When trundling along in stop-and-go traffic, there are various clunks and thunks from the powertrain, and V6's exhaust note often sounds more industrial than exotic." -- Consumer Guide

Handling and Braking

The 2017 GT-R comes standard with all-wheel drive. Its handling and braking are excellent, and its suspension system smooths out harsh surfaces quickly.

  • "Steering and braking are excellent. Ride is stiff but electronically controlled Bilstein shock absorbers make rebound from bumps quick and direct, and ‘cornering lean’ just isn't in this car's vocabulary." -- Consumer Guide
  • What's even more impressive is how easy it is to drive the GT-R quickly. It doesn't take a seasoned racing veteran to make the magic happen, thanks in large part to technological advances that serve as a skill-enhancing safety net to compensate for driver inexperience. The downside is that seat-of-the-pants drivers might feel a bit disconnected as a result, almost as if they're playing a video game." -- Edmunds
  • The GT-R model's main drawback is its 3,800-pound-plus curb weight, which makes it feel a bit less agile than a few of its top German competitors. If this car were to shed 200 to 300 pounds, it would be better positioned to outmatch top performance cars." -- Autotrader

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