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Nissan GT-R R35: Buying guide and review (2005-present)

Nissan GT-R R35: Buying guide and review (2005-present) Classic and Performance Car
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Producing the latest successor to any classic model lineage is a tough task for any car manufacturer. It’s a fact Nissan was all too aware of when developing a replacement for the Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R. With the release of the R35, however, Nissan managed to blow away the expectations of the motoring press, giving the likes of the Porsche 997 Turbo a serious run for its money in the process.
 
The spec sheet of a Nissan GT-R is an orgy of technical nerdery. The hand-built twin-turbocharged V6 is front-mid mounted, and depending on model produces anywhere between 478 and 591bhp. Power is transmitted via a rear-mounted BorgWarner dual-clutch automatic transmission mated to a four-wheel drive system. Active Yaw systems and electronically-controlled dampers recalibrate 100 times per second to optimise grip levels according to conditions. The tyres are filled with Nitrogen as it’s more stable than air. The chassis is predominantly steel, but the bonnet, bootlid, doors, front shock towers are aluminium, while the front crossmember is carbon fibre to centre the weight distribution.
 
Despite the overwhelming processing power, the GT-R feels remarkably natural to drive. The steering is alive with feel, and the chassis balance is playful yet predictable. The performance, for a car which weighs 1740kg, is phenomenal: with the aid of a trick launch control system, current models accelerate from 0-62mph in just 2.7 seconds, and keep pounding on to a 196mph top speed. 
 
Some might find the interior a little plain and the ride overly firm, but with prices starting at well under £60,000 on its UK release in 2009, it was an undisputed performance bargain, and remains so today.
 
Which one to buy?
 
Updates to the GT-R have appeared on an almost annual basis since its 2009 UK release. The twin-turbo 3.0 V6 was initially rated at 478hp, but subsequent changes in 2010 and 2012 saw total output rise, first to 523bhp and then 542bhp.
 
Standard models have become slightly softer over the years, allowing room for even more focussed options above. The biggest revisions to the range came in 2011. All subsequent models featured a carbon strut brace, larger diameter brake discs and lighter alloy wheels.  Suspension tweaks improved the ride quality relative to earlier models, and gearbox revisions mean the dual-clutch unit was easier to live with every day. Updated models can be recognised by the redesigned front bumper, which houses LED daytime running lights.
 
A number of special edition examples have been produced, the first of which was the Spec V. Released in early 2009, a variety of weight saving measures improved performance: the spoiler, grille and brake ducts were all carbon fibre, the brakes carbon ceramic and the exhaust titanium. A set of NISMO alloys replaced the standard items, and inside the rear seats were removed and the fronts replaced with a set of carbon-backed Recaros. Only 40 officially made it to the UK.
 
The NISMO is the most extreme of all. Distinguishable from the rest of the range thanks to its aggressive aero package, which produces 100kg of downforce at 186mph, the NISMO features upgraded springs, firmer dampers, a hollow rear anti-roll bar and RAYS forged alloy wheels. Larger-bore turbos, revised ignition timing and a new fuel pump helps the V6 produce 591bhp and 481lb ft of torque - enough for a circa 2.5-second 0-62mph time. The N Attack pack adds a fixed rear wing and front lip spoiler, plus fixed back buckets inside, all of which featured on the example which achieved a 7:08.679 Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time.
 
With so many updates introduced throughout the GT-R’s life, we’d recommend searching out the newest model you can afford. Though a full service history is highly advisable, don’t be too concerned if the work hasn’t been carried out at a Nissan dealer – many buyers prefer equally capable but much cheaper specialists.
 
It’s really not surprising to see tuned examples on the market – the engine is pretty much bulletproof, and it doesn't take much a huge amount of work to bump the power output to as much as 800hp. Search for reputable tuners if any serious work has been undertaken, for example Litchfield or Severn Valley Motorsports (the firm responsible for developing the wonderfully barmy 1500bhp Qashqai-bodied GT-R).
 
Performance and spec
 
Engine 3799cc V6, twin-turbocharged
Power 542bhp @ 6400rpm
Torque 466lb ft @ 3200-5800rpm
Top speed 196mph
0-60mph 2.7secs
Fuel consumption 23.9mpg
Gearbox Six-speed dual clutch automatic
 
Dimensions and weight
 
Wheelbase 2780mm
Length 4670mm
Width 1895mm
Height 1370mm
Weight 1740kg
 
Common problems
 
● The GT-R’s mix of performance and usability makes it very popular among trackday enthusiasts. However, with so much mass to haul around, consumables wear very quickly. Check the condition of the tyres – particularly on the outer edges where hard cornering will have taken its toll – and check for any cracking on the brake discs 

● There is little to worry about under the bonnet – even well used engines stand up to plenty of abuse. Tuners frequently squeeze extra power from the twin-turbo V6 without causing harm

● Some early models have suffered from gearbox issues. The sump design doesn’t allow the oil to drain fully during changes, so a build-up of gunk can affect the control solenoids, which in turn leads to further complications. In a worst-case scenario, this will necessitate a gearbox stripdown and rebuild. The preventive measure, however, is fairly simple: ensure that the sump is removed and cleaned at each gearbox oil service.
 
Model history


2001: Nissan GT-R Concept hints at the design direction for the replacement to the R34 Skyline GT-R
Nov 2005: Second Nissan GT-R prototype unveiled at Tokyo Motor Show bearing a much closer resemblance to the production model to follow
Nov 2007: Production GT-R unveiled at Tokyo Motor Show. First Japanese deliveries begin the following month
Jan 2009: GT-R Spec V released. Extensive use of carbon fibre and removal of the rear seats sees weight drop by 60kg
March 2009: Gradual worldwide rollout is completed with the GT-R’s European launch
2010: Minor revisions include firmer spring rates and stiffer suspension bushings, a revised rear diffuser, and gearbox software updates to improve low-speed usability. Black Edition features lightweight RAYS alloy wheels and a carbon rear spoiler
2011: A raft of updates are introduced. Power rises from 478bhp to 523bhp, while suspension, gearbox and exterior styling all receive attention
2012: Power increases again, to 542bhp. Suspension and gearbox software are subtly revised
February 2014: NISMO GT-R released. Power climbs to 591bhp, an aggressive aero package improves grip, and weight is reduced by 20kg.
2014: Standard GT-R softened slightly to provide a more pronounced difference between it and the NISMO. Brakes and steering tuned to deliver improved feel
2015: Dampers softened to improve ride quality. Track Pack added to the range, which combines the NISMO’s stiffened shell and suspension settings with the regular car’s power output
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites
 
● www.litchfieldimports.co.uk
● www.severnvalleymotorsport.co.uk
● www.gtr.co.uk
● www.autotorque.net
 
Summary and prices
 
Early UK models were priced from £56,795 back in 2009. Values have help up pretty well in the subsequent years, with values for early cars with 30,000 miles hovering around the £40,000 mark.
 
Prices climb gradually from there to nearly-new models, which will have depreciated little from the circa-£78,000 retail price. In the case of the NISMO, values are the same – or sometimes higher – than the £125,000 dealer figure.
 
Tuning tends not to have an effect on GT-R values one way or the other, until the extremes are reached. Models breathed upon by reputable tuners like Litchfield and SVM can command six-figure values.
 
Words: Alex Ingram
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Last updated: 21st Mar 2016
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    Variant name:3.8 (550) Premium 2dr Auto ,Derivative:Premium ,Variant: 3.8 (550) Premium 2dr Auto 5 Star NCAP Rating,ABS,Air Conditioning,Alloy Wheels,Automatic Gearbox,Automatic Headlights,Automatic Wipers,Bluetooth Prepared,CD Player,Climate Control,Cruise Control,Electric Mirrors,Electric Windows,Engine Immobiliser,Front Fog Lights,Full Service History,iPod Connection,Isofix Seats,Keyless Entry,LED Headlights,Memory Seats,MP3 Connectivity,Multiple Airbags,Parking Camera,Parking Distance Control,Power Steering,Satellite Navigation,Traction Control,Xenon Headlights

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    • Mileage: 5000 mi
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    • Mileage: 1892 mi
    • Engine size: 3.8
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    Variant name:Coupe Premium ,Derivative:Premium ,Variant: 3.8 Premium 2dr Auto [Sat Nav] We are happy to offer this phenomenal 2013 Nissan GT-R Premium. Presented in Metallic Grey with Black & Red Leather Interior. Throughout you can see this car has been exceptionally well looked after, its perfect. Modifications include, Litchfield Stage 4 Remap and Supporting Modifications, Litchfield 102mm Exhaust and Vehicle Tracker. Full Service History. It also has a terrific specification including, Automatic Xenon Projector Headlights, LED Daytime Running Lights, Gloss Gold Brembo Brake Calipers, Quad Exhaust, Reverse Parking Camera, Multi Functional Leather Two Tone Steering Wheel, Cruise Control, Trip Computer, Electronic Adjusting and Folding Mirrors, Paddleshift, Fully Electric Heated Front Seats, Recaro Bucket Seats, Bose Surround Sound System, Anthracite Grey Alloy Wheels, Bluetooth Phone & Audio Streaming, Automatic Wipers, Electric Windows, Keyless Push Button Start, Carbon Fibre Interior Trim, Switchable Driving Modes, Dual Climate Control, Air Conditioning, Heated Rear Screen, Full Colour Satellite Navigation. To discuss this truly fantastic Nissan GT-R in further detail please don't hesitate to give us a call on the number as shown above.

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    • Mileage: 24800 mi
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    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 2432 mi
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    • Mileage: 3500 mi
    • Engine size: 3.8
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    • Mileage: 2100 mi
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