2018 Nissan GT-R offers entry-level Pure version that costs $10K lower than last year’s base trim

Article by Christian A., on November 6, 2017

The Nissan GT-R has been very successful in U.S. soil. Not only has it become more powerful and more capable, but it has also become more expensive every year that it has been in the market. But before you head out to buy a car, see if this good news for you will help you make up your mind.

Nissan has introduced the new entry-level GT-R under the name “Pure” and it costs just under $100,000.

The 2018 Nissan GT-R Pure model starts at $99,990 (or $101,685 after all the fees). It may still sound pricey, but that is already a big difference compared to the most affordable GT-R from last year. In fact, it is also considerably cheaper than the $111,685 price of last year’s Premium trim model. Incidentally, the 2018 Premium model costs a little more at $112,185.

To compare prices, as mentioned earlier, this year’s Pure trim is $10,000 less than last year’s entry level model, and is $10,500 cheaper than the next trim that is the Premium. That represents major savings that one could spend on other modifications like new tires or even track days.

But with the ten grand discount, you also get fewer features with the GT-R Pure than with the Premium trim. Inside, it will not be equipped with the Premium’s 11-speaker Bose sound system, active noise cancellation, and even the weight saving titanium exhaust. Aside from that, you will also lose the lightweight titanium exhaust, and hand stitched leather trim on the seats, though the seats are still leather. If you don’t mind losing those, then the Pure trim should be perfect for you. Besides, the performance of these two versions remains identical. Both come with the 565 horsepower engine with 467 pound-feet of torque. This power is generated by its biturbocharged 3.8 liter V6 engine.

The other GT-R models also get a slight price hike for the new model year. For instance, the Track Edition now costs $130,185, which is $500 more than before. On the other hand, the GT-R Nismo with 600 horsepower is also $500 more expensive at $177,185.

The whole GT-R lineup did not receive plenty of tweaks for the 2018 model year. Some of the upgrades include Apple CarPlay compatibility, as well as a “Kuro Night” interior colour option. This is because the 2017 model year already got an upgrade in terms of styling - which includes the titanium exhaust system, and 20 hp more in terms of output.

Press Release

Nov 3, 2017 Nissan announces U.S. pricing for 2018 GT-R

Nissan today announced U.S. pricing for the 2018 Nissan GT-R, which is on sale now at select Nissan dealers nationwide.

Following last year's significant enhancements to the iconic Nissan GT-R – which included a refreshed look inside and out and 20 additional horsepower – the changes continue for the 2018 model year with the introduction of a new GT-R Pure model, the addition of Apple CarPlay™ to NissanConnectSM with Navigation and Services, and a new black "Kuro Night" color for the Premium Interior Package.

With a starting MSRP1 of $99,990, the 2018 GT-R Pure model is designed to be the most affordable of the four GT-R trim levels. The differences between the Pure and Premium grade, which is priced at $110,490, includes an 11-speaker Bose® audio system, Active Noise Cancellation and Active Sound Enhancement systems, and Titanium exhaust system.

The GT-R Track Edition, now in its second year of limited availability, is designed to deliver a higher level of performance than the GT-R Pure and Premium models and features elements of the flagship GT-R NISMO. The GT-R Track Edition retains the GT-R Premium model's 565-horsepower engine rating (versus the GT-R NISMO's 600-horsepower rating). It has a starting MSRP of $128,490.

The ultimate GT-R, the motorsports-inspired GT-R NISMO, is available in very limited numbers in North America. It features numerous motorsports-inspired technologies to enhance the car's performance through optimized aerodynamics, suspension and powertrain, creating a well-balanced machine at home on both the road and track2. The GT-R NISMO is priced at $175,490.

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices1 (MSRP) for the 2018 Nissan GT-R:

GT-R Pure
$99,990 USD
GT-R Premium
$110,490 USD
GT-R Track Edition
$128,490 USD
GT-R NISMO
$175,490 USD
Destination and Handling $1,695.

The 2018 GT-R Pure, Premium and Track Edition grades are equipped with an advanced 3.8-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 rated at 565 horsepower and 467 lb-ft of torque, dual-clutch sequential 6-speed transmission, electronically controlled ATTESA E-TS all-wheel-drive system. The GT-R NISMO is rated at 600 horsepower and 481 lb-ft of torque3 and also features unique exterior and interior treatments, along with special suspension tuning.

Source: Nissan

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