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Nissan GT-R Black Edition (2014)

by Barry Green,reviewed January 2015


Even standing still, Nissan’s mighty GT-R commands attention. We had no end of people taking shots of it.

But, it’s the driving experience that truly bares the GT-R’s soul and here Nissan’s halo car operates at a rarefied level inhabited by only supercars costing two and three times more.

All-wheel-drive, fat rubber, electronic ‘smarts’ and race car-like suspension enables the GT-R to unleash an avalanche of performance from its twin-turbo, 3.8-litre V6 and Araldite it to the bitumen.

It launches like a Saturn rocket (0-100km/h in a claimed, ballistic 2.7 seconds) and demolishes a twisty mountain road like few others. The Black Edition is top-of-the-range.

In keeping with the moniker, black with red highlighting features prominently throughout the interior, such as on the specially-commissioned Recaro front seats. And there’s a carbon fibre rear spoiler and metallic, black forged 20” lightweight alloys.

The GT-R has been called the all-conditions supercar, suitable for anyone, anywhere, any time, but we’re not convinced. Sure it has a usable boot, and the rear seat can fit two short passengers (read as primary school children), but the ride is uncompromising as an everyday drive – even with dampers set to the optional COMF (comfort) setting.

Take it to a track day, though, and you’ll be the proverbial fastest gun in the west.

Nissan GT-R Black Edition

For

Crushing performance, awesome presence.

Against

Uncompromising as everyday road car.

Key features

ACCD, AW20, switchable driving modes (Normal, R and Save), HSA, all-wheel-drive, torque distribution, limited slip differential, heated Recaro front seats with eight-way power adjustment for driver, RC, NAV, Bose premium audio, bluetooth phone and audio connectivity with USB and auxiliary ports, automatic lights, push-button start.

Safety

DFSCA, ABS, EBD, ESC, TC, Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes.

Car Details

Vehicle make Nissan
Vehicle model GT-R Black Edition
Vehicle type Sports Cars over $50,000
Year 2014
Price when new $182,500
Current price range $ - $
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Engine 3.8-litre, twin-turbo petrol, V6.
Max power 404kW @ 8400rpm.
Max torque 628Nm @ 3200-5800rpm.
Acceleration to 100 km/h 2.7 seconds (claimed).
Driving wheels AWD
Fuel type PULP
Economy ADR 11.7 litres/100km.
Emissions rating
3 out of 5 stars

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.