Nissan’s Nissan GT-R 2021 turns heads, and rightly so, with a wonderfully monstrous good looks, and it’s ready to attract attention with a lightning-fast 0-60 second time under 3 seconds. Yes, it’s an aging car, but it still smiles and has earned the nickname Godzilla.
With its four-wheel drive that tilts backwards and impressive grip, the GT-R propels the driver with ease on straight tracks and tight corners.
The Nissan GT-R Premium 2021 starts at $113,540 and costs $121,040, as tested with the premium interior package and Bayside Blue paint. The GT-R wins out over strong competition, including the Lexus LC 500, which offers a more luxurious interior and more powerful Dodge vehicles. But Nissan proves that the GT-R still has magic.
How does it feel to drive the Nissan GT-R 2021?
The Nissan GT-R is lightning fast, pushing you into the racing seats and keeping you there. Under the hood of the GT-R Premium is a 3.8-liter twin turbo V6 that screams when you push the car. With R Modes and Launch Control turned on, the GT-R spirals from 0 to 60 in 2.9 seconds in a hard-fought 0 to 60 sprint that’s hard to beat, even though other cars are faster.
Driving the 2021 GT-R is a visceral experience where you hear the car work as a gear shifter and turbo control. The fun is not only in the acceleration at the first go. The dual-clutch transmission does all the shifting for you, but it is possible to switch to manual mode and use wheel-mounted shift paddles to shift gears. In manual mode, the transmission responds quickly to shifts. If you use the start control to accelerate faster, you will probably want to leave the transmission in automatic mode, as the GT-R sprints through first gear almost faster than you can react.
The four-wheel drive system and sticky standard tires will hold on at high speeds through the corners and the ramp as you speed out of the curve. It’s not an easy car to drive, but it’s capable of tip-toeing around the corners. We felt like we were in control when we drove the GT-R through heavy rain and on slippery roads.
It is even possible to drive the GT-R on a daily basis, which we did during our week with the premium model. The ride quality is surprisingly good in standard or comfort suspension mode. For a long drive, it’s not as comfortable as the LC 500, but it’s a car that survives the daily driving test for the right person.
Road noise is also present throughout the vehicle with the acoustic windshield and insulation, but active noise suppression helps keep the vehicle manageable. Exhaust noise suppression gives the driver the choice of reducing the exhaust volume.
2021 Nissan GT-R Interior and Style
The interior of the Nissan GT-R includes excellent leather seats and a cockpit that feels modern but is not as luxurious as the LC 500. Its size also makes it comfortable for a larger driver. On the passenger side there is a back seat that is suitable for a child or small adult.
At the bottom of the center console are the fun buttons that switch on the R mode and unlock the full potential of the GT-R. There’s also a bright red start button that looks like home.
The front seats are comfortable, although the side cushions are a bit aggressive. Narrower backrests ensure that you stay in the correct driving position when cornering, but if you have a wider frame, that’s something to look out for.
The trunk is spacious and has plenty of room for golf clubs, luggage or food for a week. This contributes to the fact that you can use the GT-R every day as a driver.
Externally, the GT-R style has remained largely unchanged from the previous model. The premium Bayside Blue color is beautiful, and the orange brake calipers provide a great accent.
With an iconic look familiar to many people from video games and movies, the 2021 GT-R’s aggressive style continues to age gracefully and attract attention. It’s a big car, and it’s one of the cars we tested that attracts the most attention.
We’re still waiting for a major upgrade of the GT-R, which will probably take a few more years.
2021 Nissan GT-R Technology & Safety
The infotainment system is state of the art and has an easy to recognize and operate 8-inch touch screen. The GT-R supports Apple CarPlay, which means