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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

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    Bluetooth, Parking Sensors, Xenon Headlamps, Heated Seats, Electric Seats, Bose, Powerfold Door Mirrors, Sports Exhaust, 4x4, Full service history +++7.3% APR SUMMER SPECIAL AND FREE NATIONAL DELIVERY+++PART EXCHANGE WELCOME+FINANCE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST - SUBJECT TO STATUS+COMPANY DIRECTORS PACKAGES AVAILABLE+ALL VEHICLES PROFESSIONALLY VALETED AND READY- Nissan GT-R 3.8 V6 TwinTurbo Automatic Premium Edition Litchfield Stage 1 with Full Milltek Exhaust registered July 2009 finished in Ultimate Silver, Black Leather and Alcantara interior, Alcon Brakes All Round with Red Brake Callipers, Carbon Fibre Look and Red Detail Wrapped Exterior Trim including Rear Spoiler; Door Mirrors; Front Grille, Rear Parking Sensors, Heated Electric Seats, BOSE Audio, Bluetooth, Xenon Headlamps, Automatic Lights and Wipers, Powerfold Door Mirrors, 20 Inch Alloys, Cruise Control, Leather Multifunction Steering Wheel, Full Service History at Middlehurst Motorsport Nissan on 15/08/09 at 1,059; Westover Nissan on 09/11/10 at 11,751; 23/05/11 at 14,988; 23/11/11 at 17,154; 10/05/12 at 18,916; 12/11/12 at 21,297; 14/05/13 at 25,019; 04/11/13 at 27,440; Litchfield Imports on 05/02/15 at 32,415; 12/09/15 at 33,214; 12/0/716 at 34,041; 27/07/17 at 34,366.

    • Mileage: 34600 mi
    • Engine size: 3799
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    £51,950 £51,950

    COMPETITIVE NO DEPOSIT 5.9 % APR ON REQUEST, ALL OUR VEHICLES ARE HPI AND MILEAGE VERIFIED, LATE NIGHT VIEWINGS BY APPOINTMENT, 4x4 Here We Have A Sought After Severn Valley Stage 4.25 Conversion Running At 650 Bhp Including Full Stainless Svm Exhaust System ( Visit Http://Bit.Ly/Svm425 For More Info ) Finished In Daytona Blue Paint With Heated Electric Red/Black Leather Recaro Sports Seats, This Stunning Uk 1 Owner From New Example Not Only Boasts Documented Gtr/Severn Valley Service History, But Also Boasts A Great Specification Including; Bose Speaker Sound Upgrade, Touch Screen Satellite Navigation & In Car Entertainment System With Hard Drive And Bluetooth, Carbon Fibre Dash Inlays, Led Daytime Running Lights, Carbon Fibre Rear Diffuser, Tracker, Unmarked 20'' Alloy Wheels.

    • Mileage: 23000 mi
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  • Nissan GT-R

    £39,995 £39,995

    Air Conditioning, Bluetooth, Colour SatNav, Full Leather, Alarm, Central Locking, Immobiliser, Locking Wheel Nuts, Remote Alarm, Remote Central Locking, Front Centre Armrest, Heated Seats, Height Adjustable Seat, Sports Seats, Rear Headrests, Adjustable Steering Column, Cruise Control, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Power Steering, Stability Control, Traction Control, Trip Computer, ABS, Air Bag, Isofix, Colour Coded Body, Rear Spoiler, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, Bose, CD Player, Radio, Alloy wheels, 4x4, Service history

    • Mileage: 20900 mi
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    £37,990 £37,990

    Bluetooth, Xenon Headlamps, Electric Seats, Heated Seats, Cruise Control, Parking Camera, Bose, Satellite Navigation, Powerfold Door Mirrors, 4x4, Full service history +++7.3% APR SUMMER SPECIAL AND FREE NATIONAL DELIVERY+++PART EXCHANGE WELCOME+FINANCE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST - SUBJECT TO STATUS+COMPANY DIRECTORS PACKAGES AVAILABLE+ALL VEHICLES PROFESSIONALLY VALETED AND READY- +++Y PIPE FITTED+++Nissan GT-R 3.8 V6 Twin Turbo Premium Edition Automatic registered June 2011 (11 reg) finished in Blue with Full Black and Red Leather interior, Y Pipe Fitted, Reversing Camera, Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, BOSE Surround Speaker System, Electric Heated Seats, Xenon Headlamps, Perforated Leather Multifunction Steering Wheel with Paddleshift, Cruise Control, Automatic Lights and Wipers, 20 Inch Alloys with Orange Brembo Brakes and Michelin Pilot Cup Sport 2 Tyres, Powerfold Door Mirrors, Full Service History at Nissan Middlehurst Motorsport on 03/09/11 at 1,196; Lightcliffe Nissan on 22/06/12 at 4,639; 18/06/13 at 8,654; Severn Valley Motorsport on 23/02/14 at 11,586; 31/07/14 at 22,183; 21/10/14 at 25,990; 25/02/15 at 35,144; 25/08/15 at 46,219; 24/11/15 at 58,938; 10/05/15 at 67,347; 23/11/16 at 73,867; 26/07/17 at 88,657. Finance available on request - subject to status and terms. Ask about our Company Directors packages. Fully Valeted; UK Wide Delivery Available; Part Exchange Welcome.

    • Mileage: 88900 mi
    • Engine size: 3799
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  • Nissan GT-R

    £78,995 £78,995

    Variant name:3.8 Recaro 2dr Auto ,Variant: 3.8 Recaro 2dr Auto ABS,Air Conditioning,Alloy Wheels,Anti Theft System,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,iPod Connection,Isofix Seats,Keyless Entry,Leather Steering Wheel,Leather Upholstery,Manufacturer Warranty,MP3 Connectivity,Multiple Airbags,Onboard Computer,Parking Camera,Parking Distance Control,Power Steering,Satellite Navigation,Traction Control

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 5000 mi
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  • Nissan GT-R

    £77,990 £77,990

    Bluetooth, Cruise Control, Electric Seats, Heated Seats, 4x4 +++7.3% APR SUMMER SPECIAL AND FREE NATIONAL DELIVERY+++PART EXCHANGE WELCOME+FINANCE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST - SUBJECT TO STATUS+COMPANY DIRECTORS PACKAGES AVAILABLE+ALL VEHICLES PROFESSIONALLY VALETED AND READY- +++SVM 1200R+++Nissan GT-R 3.8 V6 Twin Turbo Automatic Severn Valley Motorsport 1200R tuned to 1200BHP registered May 2009 finished in Titanium Matt Wrap and Carbon Fibre with Blue Exterior Decals, Custom Built Carbon Fibre Bonnet; Front Bumper, Front Three Quarters; Doors, Rear Three Quarters; Rear Bumper and Boot Lid and Exterior Trim Details all replaced in Carbon Fibre, SVM Stainless Steel Exhaust System, Forged Engine with Aftermarket High Power Turbos Fitted, Gloss Black 20 Inch Alloys with Orange Brembo Brake Callipers and Alcon Front Discs, Stereo Upgrade, Cruise Control, Leather Multifunction Steering Wheel, Climate Control, Black Leather and Suedecloth Interior, Bleutooth, Electric Heated Seats. Finance available on request - subject to status and terms. Ask about our Company Directors packages. Fully Valeted; UK Wide Delivery Available; Part Exchange Welcome.

    • Mileage: 85000 mi
    • Engine size: 3799
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  • 2009 Nissan GT-R Premium Edition

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    2 X Keys, SAT NAV + Bluetooth, BOSE sound system, 1 PREVIOUS OWNER, FULL SERVICE HISTORY, CARBON interior inserts, Black Partial leather interior, Four wheel-drive, Satellite Navigation, Climate Control, Cruise Control, Seats Heated, Alarm, Alloy Wheels, Computer, Electric Windows, In Car Entertainment, Paint Metallic, Seats Electric, Telephone Equipment, Tyre Pressure Control, Upholstery Leather, Airbags, Computer (Driver Information System), In Car Entertainment (Radio/CD/MP3), Heated seats, Seats Electric (Driver/Passenger). 4 seats, Metallic grey

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  • Nissan GT-R

    £33,995 £33,995

    4x4 2009 / 09 REG + 72,000 MILES + ONLY 2 PREVIOUS OWNERS FROM NEW + ORIGINAL BILL OF SALE FROM 2009 PRESENT + HPI CLEAR + 2 KEYS + CAT 1 ALARM + CAT 5 TRACKER + NISSAN BOOK PACK AND BOOKLETS + STAGE 1 REMAP RUNNING 570 BHP WITH INVOICE + FULL SERVICE HISTORY ( MIDDLEHURST + KAIZER MOTORSPORT ( GTR SPECIALIST ) + ALL BILLS AND INVOICES PRESENT + MAJORITY MOTORWAY MILES + RAC WARRANTY + RAC ROADSIDE ASSIT + Cruise Control, Seats Heated (Driver/Passenger), Climate Control, Alloy Wheels (20in), In Car Entertainment (Radio/CD/MP3), Seats Electric (Driver/Passenger), Computer (Driver Information System), Upholstery Leather, Paint Metallic, Tyre Pressure Control, Alarm

    • Mileage: 76000 mi
    • Engine size: 3799
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  • 2009 Nissan GT-R Black Edition

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    Full Service History, 2 KEYS, Litchfield Stage 1, Y-Pipe, Gearbox Software Update, Bell-house Bearing Done, F1 Paddle Shift, Multifunction steering Wheel, Black / Red Leather Interior, BREMBO Brakes, LCD touch screen display, Bluetooth hands free telephone kit, Rear Parking Sensors, BOSE audio system, HDD Music Box system, Remote keyless entry, 20" Alloy wheels, UK Car,

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  • 2009 Nissan GT-R Black Edition

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    2009 / 09 REG + 72,000 MILES + ONLY 2 PREVIOUS OWNERS FROM NEW + ORIGINAL BILL OF SALE FROM 2009 PRESENT + HPI CLEAR + 2 KEYS + CAT 1 ALARM + CAT 5 TRACKER + NISSAN BOOK PACK AND BOOKLETS + STAGE 1 REMAP RUNNING 570 BHP WITH INVOICE + FULL SERVICE HISTORY ( MIDDLEHURST + KAIZER MOTORSPORT ( GTR SPECIALIST ) + ALL BILLS AND INVOICES PRESENT + MAJORITY MOTORWAY MILES + RAC WARRANTY + RAC ROADSIDE ASSIT + Cruise Control, Seats Heated (Driver/Passenger), Climate Control, Alloy Wheels (20in), In Car Entertainment (Radio/CD/MP3), Seats Electric (Driver/Passenger), Computer (Driver Information System), Upholstery Leather, Paint Metallic, Tyre Pressure Control, Alarm

    • Year: 2009
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  • Nissan R34 GTR V-Spec II Nür Nismo R-Tune

    £184,995 £184,995

    Lifting the vented carbon fibre R-Tune bonnet reveals a pristine engine bay. The 2.6-litre R-Tune engine, designated the R1, not only gained a new turbocharger and racing camshaft at Nismo, but also received the hot-rod treatment, including full balancing and polished ports. Further enhancements from the factory include an upgraded intercooler, radiator, and oil cooler. The car has recently been dyno'd and runs just as it should from the Omori Factory.

    • Year: 2002
    • Mileage: 20175 mi
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  • Nissan GT-R

    £43,990 £43,990

    Bluetooth, Heated Seats, Cruise Control, Parking Sensors, 4x4, Service history +++7.3% APR SUMMER SPECIAL AND FREE NATIONAL DELIVERY+++PART EXCHANGE WELCOME+FINANCE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST - SUBJECT TO STATUS+COMPANY DIRECTORS PACKAGES AVAILABLE+ALL VEHICLES PROFESSIONALLY VALETED AND READY- Nissan GTR 3.8 V6 Twin Turbo Black Edition Litchfield Stage 1 with Y Pipe registered April 2010 (10 reg) finished in Fire Storm Red with Red and Black Leather with Alcantara Sports Seats, Alcon Brakes All Round with Fedora Pads, Rear Parking Sensors, HDD Satellite Navigation with Colour Touchscreen and HDD Music Storage, Bluetooth Phone and Audio, Paddle Shift Dual Clutch Auto, 20 inch 10 Spoke Alloys, Advanced Electronic Stability Programme, ABS, ATTESA ETS Four Wheel Drive, Anti-Dazzle Rear View Mirror, Automatic Rain Sensor, Automatic Lights, High Intensity Discharge HID Headlamps, Intelligent Key with Push Button Start, LED Brake Lights, Bluetooth Phone Connectivity, Voice Control, BOSE Audio System, Brake Assist, Brembo Disc Brakes with Orange Calipers, Cruise Control, Downshift Rev Matching DRM, Aluminium Pedals, Electric Windows, Electric Powerfold Door Mirrors, Electronic Brake Distribution EBD, Traction Control, Flush Mounted Aluminium Door Handles, Alarm and Immobiliser, Full Service History at Nissan Middleshurst Motorsport on 10/06/10 at 1,292; 20/05/11 at 4,626; Nissan West Way on 16/05/13 at 9,079; 05/06/14 at 10,851; Litchfield Imports on 26/08/15 at 17,877; 16/07/16 at 25,187. Finance available on request - subject to status and terms. Ask about our Com

    • Mileage: 29000 mi
    • Engine size: 3799
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  • Nissan GT-R

    £41,995 £41,995

    Brand new OE Dunlop runflat tyres all round!, Air Conditioning, Bluetooth, Climate Control, Comms Pack, Half Leather, Powered Folding Mirrors, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Xenon Headlamps, Anti-Theft System, Central Locking, Immobiliser, Keyless Entry, Locking Wheel Nuts, Remote Central Locking, Tracker Fitted, Full Leather, Colour Coded Interior, Front Centre Armrest, Electric Seats, Head Restraints, Lumbar Adjustment, Sports Seats, Adjustable Steering Column, Cruise Control, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Power Steering, Stability Control, Traction Control, Trip Computer, ABS, Air Bag, Brake Assist, Curtain Airbags, Multiple Airbags, Side Air Bags, Twin Air Bags, Auto Lighting, Colour Coded Body, Metallic Paintwork, Rear Spoiler, Automatic Electric Windows, Electric Front Windows, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, Self-levelling Suspension , Push Button Start, Bose, CD Player, Radio, UK Supplied, Heated Seats, --------- FINANCE OPTIONS AVAILABLE AT 4.4%, Part Exchange welcome, Credit and D Number plate not included.Full and complete service history, I initially had it serviced at Nissan Tunbridge Wells Motor line (once) but quickly learnt they were inadequate so now it goes regularly to Litchfield Engineering in Tewkesbury who are the recognised without doubt as the number Nissan GT-R service point in the UK. Next visit to Litchfield who are based near Cheltenham will be exactly as scheduled by them. Most recently they replaced the front discs to anti crack type. It has Milltech exhaust and stage 1 engine mapping to tested to 580 bhp. Best to call them and quote the number plate V66 GTR. Comes with brand new MOT and 4 x New original equipment Dunlop run flat tyres and one key. It has had the gearbox software update, also the octane fuel map so you can set it to 95 98 or 99 octane fuel and vary the boost on the 2 turbos.

    • Mileage: 26375 mi
    • Engine size: 3799
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  • Nissan GT-R

    £42,995 £42,995

    LITCHFIELD EXHAUST AND ENGINE UPGRADE - STAGE 4.25, FULL SERVICE HISTORY, Bluetooth, Air Conditioning, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Cruise Control, Half Leather, iPod Connectivity, Push Button Start, Satellite Navigation, Xenon Headlamps, Front & Rear Parking Sensors, Metallic Paintwork, Upgraded Exhaust, 4x4

    • Mileage: 29870 mi
    • Engine size: 3799
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