In 1969, the first Skyline GT-R from Nissan arrived. In the 46 years since, there have nearly been as many years without a GT-R as with. The first two generations were produced from 1969 to 1972, the next three generations from 1989 to 2002, and the most recent (just the GT-R, not Skyline GT-R) from 2009 to 2015. That's 25 years with the GT-R, and 21 years without it.
Originally introduced in the United States in 2008, the GT-R has been upgraded each year with more power and improved handling.
The Nissan GT-R is available in Premium Edition, Black Edition, Track Edition and NISMO.
The Premium Edition comes standard with features including 20-inch alloy wheels, automatic xenon headlights, LED running lights, Brembo brakes, a rearview camera, an electronically adjustable suspension, leather/faux-suede upholstery, heated power-adjustable front seats, keyless ignition/entry, and an 11-speaker Bose audio system with a CD player, satellite radio, iPod connectivity and Bluetooth phone and streaming audio.
The Black Edition features a number of aesthetic upgrades, including custom black and red interior Recaro heated and leather seats, red and black interior trim and a dark headliner. There is a carbon-fiber rear wing and special metallic black six-spoke RAYS lightweight wheels. Options include a no-cost Cold Weather package for the Premium trim level (darker wheels, Dunlop all-season run-flat tires and a unique coolant mixture for faster engine warm-up) and an extra-cost "Super Silver" paint job that has three layers of clear coat and then is polished by hand.
The Track Edition is equipped the same as the Black Edition and includes special carbon fiber air ducts in the front spoiler, new front and rear brake cooling ducts, (to help keep brake temperatures down and ensure maximum stopping power), firmer suspension tuning and a rear-seat delete for reduced weight.
The NISMO has a more powerful 600-hp engine, enhanced aerodynamic body
reinforcements, a special suspension and an aggressive exterior NISMO
styling touches and wider wheels and tires. Options for the GT-R
are limited to two packages for the Premium trim; a Cold Weather package
adds a 30/70 coolant-to-water ratio and high-performance all-season
run-flat tires, while the Interior Package adds red semi-aniline leather
Nissan GT-R models come standard with an anti-lock braking system,
stability control, traction control, a tire pressure monitoring system,
and six airbags: dual front, front side and front side-curtain airbags.
In terms of price and function, the Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe and the Audi R8
are probably the most similar competitors to the GT-R, but in terms of
all-out performance or image, the list includes
the Ferrari 458 Italia, McLaren MP4-12C and Lamborghini Huracan.