In the realm of supercars, few can match what Nissan has produce since 2008 with the GT-R.
Nicknamed the “Gorilla” by car enthusiasts, the 2014 Nissan GT-R once again brings the heat.
Like in years past, it also brings with it a price tag that is a fraction of what other performance vehicles like it have.
When you talk simple price comparison, the GT-R hovers around the same ballpark as a Porsche 911 Cabrera Coupe or and Audi R8. but those cars cannot match what Nissan has with this beast.
Trying to find a competitor that is comparable in both price and performance is nearly impossible.
So what makes the 2014 Nissan GT-R such a performer?
To begin with, it is built on years of development by Nissan.
As far as supercars go, the GT-R has always been a solid performer, needing only refinement every year to squeeze every bit of performance goodness out of it.
The direct-injected 3.8L V6 pounds out an almost insane 545 horsepower, thanks to twin-turbochargers.
This year, high-output injectors were added to help improve mid-range performance, and a baffle was added to the oil pan to help stabilize oil pressure and delivery during high-performance driving.
A redesigned turbocharger bypass also helps sustain acceleration even at high RPMs rounds out the changes under the hood.
And what glorious acceleration it is. The GT-R screams from zero to 60 in just 2.9 seconds. It can cover the quarter mile in just 11.
When Edmund’s reviewed the car, they noted the time to 60 miles per hour as one of the fastest they had ever recorded.
Helping the 2014 Nissan GT-R achieve those insane times are a manual-automatic six-speed transmission and all-wheel drive.
Modifications made to the front stabilizers and shock absorbers improve handling on a car that already had a reputation for great handling.
With all this attention paid to the drivetrain, one might expect that the interior creature comforts might have been downsized.
The aerodynamic nature of the car does not lend itself well to a roomy, full featured cabin, but Nissan still packed enough in it to spoil owners. A center-mounted LCD screen serves up 11 screens of boost, g-force, acceleration, braking and steering information.
The seats are comfortable yet well-bolstered to keep drivers happy during quick performance runs or long trips. You do not need to have gymnastics in your background to get in and out of the car either.
Still, the GT-R bills itself as a four seater, but carrying more than one passenger is not highly recommended.
Rounding out the inside is an 11-speaker Bose sound system, complete with two forward-facing subwoofers.
For drivers that want to go all-out, the Premium interior package adds Red Amber semi-aniline leather upholstery, along with accents on the steering wheel, instrument cluster, door trim, armrests and shifter.
Not that anyone buys this car to help them complete home remodeling projects, but the GT-R does have 8.8 cubic feet of trunkspace.
This is a car for the modern age, as it does not achieve supercar status by merely bullrushing forward, but instead through the intelligent application of technology.
While the car may be more at home on the racetrack than the morning commute, it remains a giant killer no matter the track.
To get a look at the 2014 Nissan GT-R, stop by Cherry Hill Nissan in Cherry Hill, NJ today.
You will leave with no doubt in your mind that this beast is tops in price and performance.