Whether you’re actively looking for a sports car that borders on supercar performance or you love to watch and dream of owning one someday, the 2023 Nissan GT-R has two versions that will hold your attention. The power of a twin-turbo V6? Check. All-wheel drive? Sure. Less than $100,000? Not quite, but since you’re here, we should explore some of the GT-R’s specs.
The Nissan GT-R is back for 2023
A recent press release from Nissan announced that the 2023 Nissan GT-R is “on sale now”. However, the bad news is that not all US Nissan dealerships will have it. The Nissan GT-R is available in two versions, capable of “stunning performance on the road and on the track”, according to Nissan.
Both GT-R grades use a 3.8-liter V6 with twin turbochargers backed by a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters. In addition, Nissan engineers use an “Advanced All-Terrain Traction Engineering System” with “Electronic Torque Distribution” (ATTESA E-TS). The ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system monitors the speed of each wheel through numerous sensors and adjusts the torque and power of each wheel to improve traction and handling.
Nissan engineers worked with Brembo to design a braking system with six-piston front brake calipers and four-piston rear calipers. Additionally, an “expertly tuned independent double-wishbone front and rear multi-link independent suspension” improves the GT-R’s ride and handling.
Standard features on both trims include a “driver-adjustable damper system” from Bilstein, 20-inch 15-spoke forged alloy wheels from Rays, and a “multi-information display that displays vehicle performance information.” An 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system includes NissanConnect, Apple CarPlay and an 11-speaker Bose audio system. Additionally, the GT-R features a quiet and comfortable cabin enhanced by a dual-zone automatic climate control system and “active noise cancellation”.
2023 Nissan GT-R Premium Specs
Nissan lists the base price for the 2023 Nissan GT-R Premium at $113,540. In the Premium version, the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine develops 565 horsepower and 467 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, design cues inside the GT-R’s cabin push it towards luxury sports coupe status with Nappa leather upholstery adorning the dashboard and lightweight seats, heated front seats and standard front and rear parking sensors.
2023 Nissan GT-R Nismo Specs
With a starting price of $210,740, the 2023 Nissan GT-R NISMO screams for some serious track time. The GT-R NISMO takes the Premium grade and improves almost every aspect that needs improvement. For starters, the GT-R NISMO uses the same 3.8-liter V6 as the Premium, except it takes its twin-turbo system from Nissan’s GT3 race car and pushes power to 600 horsepower and torque to 481 lb-ft. Other racing technologies featured on the GT-R NISMO include:
- Improved transmission shift control
- Lighter components
- Improved body bonding for increased torsional stiffness
- Overall mass reduction
- Larger carbon-ceramic brake discs
- More carbon fiber parts
- Front and rear facades
- Trunk lid and hood
- The rear wing
- Underbody covers
- Exterior mirror housings
These high-tech body panels increase the GT-R NISMO’s aerodynamics and direct airflow to provide “increased component cooling”. Rounding out the race car aesthetic, Recaro seats with “synthetic suede inserts, red stitching and an Alcantara steering wheel with a red top stripe” punctuate the interior.
Which 2023 Nissan GT-R grade is right for you?
Choosing the most suitable 2023 Nissan GT-R depends on how you plan to use the car. Are you interested in an everyday-drive luxury sports coupe with supercar performance that performs well on occasional track days? If so, buying the GT-R Premium will put a smile on your face and save you enough money over the GT-R NISMO to buy a truck and trailer to haul it to the track when you want. However, if you’re serious about your track time and want a car that performs as well as almost any amateur driver, the GT-R NISMO deserves your consideration.
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