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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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  • Nissan GT-R

    £44,000 £44,000

    Variant name:PREMIUM EDITION ,Derivative:MK1 FL (R35B) ,Variant: Premium Edition 610BHP

    • Year: 2012
    • Mileage: 22844 mi
    • Engine size: 3.8
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    £47,950 £47,950

    Bluetooth audio and Smartphone prep , Full Colour Satellite Navigation System, Full Colour Reversing camera, Full Leather Recaro heated seats , Cruise Control, Bose Premium Sound System, Full Nissan/Litchfield Service history , (Next service due 22/01/19 or 30913m), 2 former keepers , Remote central locking (2 keys), Bookpack, receipts and service books included, Nearly new Michelin Pilot Sport 4s , HPI Clear (Complete with certificate), Tracker Fitted, ----- Services offered:, FINANCE HP OFFER: £875/Month with £5500 Deposit , PCP DEAL: £5995 Deposit £695/Month!!, Part Exchange welcome, 24/7 text line:07876627581, 4x4

    • Mileage: 23425 mi
    • Engine size: 3799
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    £78,000 £78,000

    Variant name:3.8 Recaro 2dr Auto ,Derivative:Recaro ,Variant: 3.8 Recaro 2dr Auto 5 Star NCAP Rating,ABS,Air Conditioning,Alloy Wheels,Anti Theft System,Automatic Gearbox,Automatic Headlights,Automatic Wipers,Bluetooth Prepared,CD Player,Climate Control,Cruise Control,Electric Mirrors,Electric Windows,Engine Immobiliser,ESP,Four Wheel Drive,Front Assist,Front Fog Lights,Full Service History,Heated Mirrors,Heated Seats,iPod Connection,Isofix Seats,Keyless Entry,Leather Steering Wheel,Leather Upholstery,LED Headlights,Manufacturer Warranty,Memory Seats,MP3 Connectivity,Multiple Airbags,Onboard Computer,Parking Camera,Parking Distance Control,Power Steering,Satellite Navigation,Traction Control,Xenon Headlights

    • Year: 2018
    • Mileage: 5000 mi
    • Engine size: 3.8
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  • GT-R PREMIUM EDITION

    £44,989 £44,989

    The infamous GTR - the SuperCar killer for Hatchback money. This example has been enthusiast owned and boasts all the spec an creature comforts a Premium Edition has to offer, regularly detailed and highly maintained. This car has a full service history maintained regardless of cost by both Nissan and Litchfield, whom are the best in the business. A recent service has just been carried out with new pads front and rear. The vehicle also comes with a stage 1 Litchfield upgrade running the latest ECUtek software and a decat Miltek Y pipe providing just over 600BHP. The private plate featuring the letters GTR is also included in the sale. ;;20in Alloy Wheels, Alarm, Bluetooth, Climate Control, Cruise Control, Electrically Adjustable Drivers and Passenger Seat, Front Electric Windows, Heated Front Seats, Leather Seat Trim, Metallic/Pearlescent Paint, Navigation System, Radio/CD, Bose Audio with Hard Drive and iPod Connection, Multi-Function Display Screen.

    • Mileage: 44000 mi
    • Engine size: 3.799
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    £80,000 £80,000

    Variant name:3.8 Recaro 2dr Auto ,Derivative:Recaro ,Variant: 3.8 Recaro 2dr Auto 5 Star NCAP Rating,ABS,Air Conditioning,Alloy Wheels,Anti Theft System,Automatic Gearbox,Automatic Headlights,Automatic Wipers,Bluetooth Prepared,CD Player,Climate Control,Cruise Control,Electric Front Seats,Electric Mirrors,Electric Windows,Engine Immobiliser,ESP,Four Wheel Drive,Front Fog Lights,Full Service History,Heated Mirrors,Heated Seats,iPod Connection,Isofix Seats,Keyless Entry,Leather Steering Wheel,Leather Upholstery,LED Headlights,Manufacturer Warranty,MP3 Connectivity,Multiple Airbags,Onboard Computer,Parking Camera,Parking Distance Control,Power Steering,Satellite Navigation,Traction Control,Xenon Headlights

    • Year: 2018
    • Engine size: 3.8
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  • Nissan GT-R

    £56,995 £56,995

    Dual Climate Zones, Full Leather, iPod Connectivity, Powered Folding Mirrors, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Satellite Navigation, Xenon Headlamps, Anti-Theft System, Keyless Entry, Locking Wheel Nuts, Remote Central Locking, Electric Seats, Front Centre Armrest, Heated Seats, Sports Seats, Adjustable Steering Column, Cruise Control, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Parking Camera, Multiple Airbags, Auto Lighting, Front Fog Lamps, Metallic Paintwork, Rear Spoiler, Auto-dip Rearview, Automatic Electric Windows, Push Button Start, CD Player, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, Full Main dealer Service History, HPI and database checked, Multifunction Colour Touchscreen, Balance Of New Car Warranty, 20'' Alloys, 4x4, Full service history Our MD's personal car. Call for full information. Private registration number not included.

    • Mileage: 9000 mi
    • Engine size: 3799
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  • Nissan GT-R

    £39,990 £39,990

    Variant name:BLACK EDITION ,Derivative:MK1 (R35B) ,Variant: 2010 10 Nissan GT-R 3.8 V6 Black Edition Fresh to our stunning range of handpicked special edition sports and performance vehicles the 2010 10 Nissan GT-R Black Edition Finished in Titanium Grey with Black & Red Leather and Pearlsuede Interior. Specification Includes Middlehurst Motorsport Stage 1 & Y-Pipes upgrade, HDD Touch Screen Navigation System with 30 GB Hard drive and Voice Recognition, Digital BOSE Audio System with 9.3 GB Music Storage, Bluetooth Telephone, USB Interface, Heated Seats, Multi Function Steering Wheel, Electric Folding Mirrors, Automatic Xenon Headlights, Cruise Control, Superlight 20'' Forged Aluminium alloys with four new tyres, 8 Way Power Front Seats and Intelligent Key with Engine Start Button. Supplied with Full Service History which is complemented by one of the most comprehensive service records we have ever come across having just been serviced and fitted with four new tyres. A quite astonishing, meticulously cared for example and without doubt the finest example available today. All of our cars are subject to meticulous care and preparation by our skilled technicians and bodywork experts to guarantee peace of mind. To request a personalised presentation, arrange a test drive or to simply ask for additional info, then call 01642 813 376 or speak to us on Live Chat today.

    • Year: 2010
    • Mileage: 21004 mi
    • Engine size: 3.8
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  • Nissan GT-R

    £73,000 £73,000

    Variant name:3.8 Recaro 2dr Auto ,Derivative:Recaro ,Variant: 3.8 Recaro 2dr Auto 5 Star NCAP Rating,ABS,Air Conditioning,Alloy Wheels,Anti Theft System,Automatic Gearbox,Automatic Headlights,Automatic Wipers,Bluetooth Prepared,Climate Control,Cruise Control,Electric Front Seats,Electric Mirrors,Electric Windows,Engine Immobiliser,ESP,Four Wheel Drive,Front Assist,Front Fog Lights,Full Service History,Heated Mirrors,Heated Seats,iPod Connection,Keyless Entry,Leather Steering Wheel,Leather Upholstery,LED Headlights,Manufacturer Warranty,MP3 Connectivity,Multiple Airbags,Onboard Computer,Parking Camera,Parking Distance Control,Power Steering,Satellite Navigation,Traction Control,Xenon Headlights

    • Year: 2018
    • Mileage: 1794 mi
    • Engine size: 3.8
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    £73,000 £73,000
  • NISSAN GT-R 3.8 PREMIUM EDITION 2009

    £38,995 £38,995

    We are delighted to offer this fantastic 2009 59 Nissan GT-R 3.8 Premium Edition finished in the very best colours Vibrant Red with Black leather/Suede interior. Covered a low 38000 miles from new with a full service history record from Nissan Main dealer, Litchfield and GTR Knight, Last service carried out at 37837 miles on the 8/2/2018 that included a full gearbox strip, Service, Coils, shift fork and Nismo software. This mind blowing GT-R has a few subtle upgrades that really make it the ultimate supercar including a Litchfield stage 4.25 that includes: ;The Stage 4.25 Power upgrade includes:;•Milltek Stainless Steel Downpipes;•Improved boost control with custom Ecutek code;•Adjustable boost using the steering wheels cruise control button;•Revised ignition control, variable valve timing and fuel maps;•Reduced fuel consumption (especially on partial throttle conditions);•Increase in both power and torque across the whole rev range;•Litchfield RACEROM Switchable maps for different fuel octane ratings;•Litchfield Custom Launch Control settings when used with Gearbox Software upgrade.;Along with the important Bell-housing upgrade. ;Being a Premium edition this model includes all the comforts you would need, Auto Xenon headlights, LED rear lights, Sat-Nav, Bluetooth connection, Bose Sound system with Subwoofer, Heated seats, Electric seats, Electric windows and Folding mirrors, 6 CD changer, GT-R door sills, Climate control with AC, Adjustable Steering/ Suspension/traction control modes, Keyless start with Push button, Multi function steering wheel, Cruise control, Main display with several performance functions. Parking aid, 20” alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres, Nissan Brembo brakes and Calipers, GT-R Over carpets. If you are looking for a low mileage GT-R this is the one and is by far the biggest head turner and most insane vehicle we have had the pleasure of owning. ;

    • Mileage: 38000 mi
    • Engine size: 3.799
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    £38,995 £38,995
  • Nissan GT-R

    £52,995 £52,995

    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

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 18441 mi
    • Engine size: 3.8
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    £52,995 £52,995