Like the soon-to-be-replaced 370Z, the current-gen GT-R is an old dog, but the AWD Nissan's tricks are still impressive. Despite refreshes, though, the R35 GT-R has been around since the 2009 model year, and at this point we're ready for its successor. In its current state, the GT-R competes with other six-figure sports cars including the Porsche 911, Audi R8, and Aston Martin Vantage, as well as the new bargain Godzilla of the world, the C8 Corvette.
The GT-R is no longer the sub-$100,000 world-beater it was upon release for 2009, but its combination of a nuclear twin-turbo V-6, clever all-wheel drive, and quick-shifting dual-clutch are an age-proof equation for a good time. Over a decade after it became our 2009 Car of the Year, the GT-R is still the chest-compressingly fast, neck-snappingly grippy beast it's always been.
That said, the GT-R's flaws have become ever more apparent alongside modern competition. Its older six-speed dual-clutch fails to offer the mind-reading shift logic of Porsche's PDK, and the brake feel is lacking in the context of the GT-R's peers. Yes, we'd take a 911 over a GT-R in most situations, but the modern iteration of Nissan's legendary sports car is the best of its kind. The upcoming redesign aims to be even better.
The GT-R is powered by Nissan's 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 dubbed VR38DETT, although its output depends on trim. In the GT-R Premium it develops 565 hp and 467 lb-ft of torque; the state of tune employed in the Nismo model cranks out 600 hp and 481 lb-ft.
Our testing shows both trims launch from 0-60 in 2.9 seconds, although the more powerful Nismo reaches 100 mph 0.4 second quicker. Both variants work exclusively with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic and AWD. Fuel economy measures 16/22 mpg city/highway.
Although the GT-R doesn't have any conventional driver-assist features (adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and the like), it does include some tech to keep you safe. The GT-R's Vehicle Dynamic control system utilizes Nissan's performance AWD system to direct power to the appropriate wheels to maintain control at the onset of understeer or oversteer. Its traction control serves a similar purpose by reducing throttle input to recover grip.
The GT-R seats four; two up front and two in the back, though its two-door body style means rear seat passengers will have to fold forward one of the front buckets and wedge themselves back there. Legroom measures 44.6 inches for passengers up front and just 26.4 for those stuck in the back. As for cargo capacity, the GT-R's trunk offers an acceptable 8.8 cubic feet of space.
Every GT-R works with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, and integrated navigation. Android Auto compatibility is not available. Bose 11-speaker audio is standard and features two subwoofers mounted between the rear seats.