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Video | The Nissan GT-R Nismo Is the Most Expensive Nissan Ever

I recently had the chance to drive a Nissan GT-R Nismo, which is a massively expensive, brutally fast automobile. The GT-R Nismo is priced from $176,000, which is an enormous amount of money — but then, it has 600 horsepower and it does 0-to-60 in 2.9 seconds. It’s an enormous amount of car.

I drove the GT-R Nismo courtesy of CNC Motors, an exotic car dealership in the Los Angeles area that has a truly amazing inventory of some of the best cars in the world — from Bentley to Bugatti, high-dollar Ferrari models and classy Mercedes-Benz trims. I wanted to check out the GT-R Nismo because I hadn’t yet done a proper review of a Nissan GT-R, so I spent a few hours with it.

What I discovered, first and foremost, is that it’s brutal. Brutally fast, sure, but also brutally loud, brutally uncomfortable and brutally capable of operating at the limit, with the steering and handling impressively dialed in to allow you to take it, quickly, wherever you want to go — assuming you can handle the ride quality. It’s just a lot of car.

But it’s also a lot of money. I’ve driven regular GT-R models, which now start from around $101,000, and I think spending $76,000 more for a Nismo is a big ask, especially since a regular GT-R has 565 hp and will do 0-to-60 in something like 3.1 seconds. The Nismo is incremental performance for big money.

And it doesn’t give you a lot more than that performance for the money. The interior is fine, sure, but not exactly brilliant or luxurious or special and certainly not on par with other $175,000-ish cars like the Porsche 911 Turbo, the Acura NSX or the Audi R8. And sure, the GT-R Nismo is probably a bit faster than those cars, but it’s also older, with a familiar design that’s been around for nearly a decade and with in-car technology that doesn’t match up to the latest crop of touchscreens and digital gauge clusters.

As a result, the GT-R Nismo is best for someone who really, obsessively wants the performance — and for someone who wants the best of the best, period, with no compromises. The Nismo is certainly that, but you pay big money for the privilege of having the "best," and whether it’s worth the premium will be up to you, your own personal use case and your enthusiasm for the GT-R.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. I NEED MORE OVERSTEER! There is only so much Jalopnik as I can take! These guys and gals got yawl beat on quantity, While of course quality is typical Jalop drivel.
    I will volunteer to write for you guys, I have enough to rant about.
    • The Evora has rear seats?! You don’t say, So when my kids are in the back, My son will ask me to drift and my daughter will tell me to go faster… Fascinating prospect.

  2. About time we had a GT-R review! That’s some insane money though but someone is going to pay it to have the most exclusive GT-R available.
    Quite honestly, 100k is still too much for a Nissan, It’s a classic example of up charging for a brand name, In this case the legendary GT-R model + Nismo in the case of the review.
    But they do depreciate quickly But buying one new is a crazy proposition since you can buy a much nicer BMW M5 granted you’d want to get rid of it in a hurry when the warranty expires.
    I’ll keep saying this ad-infinitum but car makers need to make affordable performance cars, They will sell like hotcakes and will offset production, research and tooling costs.
    If Ford and Chevy can do it so can anyone else.

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More

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