Friday, January 27, 2023
Reviews Should You Buy a 2018 Nissan GT-R?

Should You Buy a 2018 Nissan GT-R?

In the grand scheme of things, $130,000 is really not that much money. You can buy a shed with electricity in Montreal, a 250-sq-ft piece of land in Toronto to park your car on or a 2”x 2” balcony without a view in Vancouver.

If you’ve already got a shed or a driveway, you can use that $130,000 to buy one of the most recognizable, iconic sports cars from the last decade. No, not a 10-year old car, a brand new one that’s relatively unchanged in a decade, but one that still turns heads today and has video game kids go gaga when they see one.

Thus, should you plonk down all that money on a 2018 Nissan GT-R:

Why you should buy a 2018 Nissan GT-R:

  • The GT-R remains one of the most aggressively fast cars in the world. Accelerating is an event equal to the biggest 4th of July fireworks display you’ve ever seen
  • The styling transcends logic, time and reason – it’s a GT-R. Nothing else will ever look like an R35 GT-R
  • Despite the age, very very few cars give you this kind of performance for this kind of money
  • Because the GT-R is a Nissan, it does not have suffer a stand-off-ish aura like Ferrari, Lamborghini or even Audi. It seems approachable and attainable. See previous point
  • When you become one with the car, you’ll be able to fully exploit its massive grip and handling capabilities

Why you should not buy a 2018 Nissan GT-R:

  • Much like the Frontier, Nissan is asking for loads more money today than it did when it first came out – for something that has scarcely evolved in a decade
  • The GT-R can be daily driven for a short while. Its hardcore unrefined nature creep up on you after a while
  • And only when you become one with the car will you manage to exploit the car. Up until then, there’s nothing intuitive about the controls (steering mostly). It’s a complete leap of faith until you get it. If you’re an experienced driver, this will be an issue
  • The brakes are designed for street use while the power will take you to the moon. If you intend on tracking the car, you’ll have to invest in a more resistant braking system. Remember that this is a 4,000 lb car capable of reaching insane rates of speed extremely rapidly


Never mind what I said before; $130,000 is a massive amount of coin! For $111,000, a well-optioned Chevy Corvette Z06 is all yours. For less than $141,000, the mad-mad ZR1 could land in your parking spot… $130,000 will get you a Porsche 911 Carrera S with options or a Carrera 4S. They’re nowhere near as fast or even exclusive, but damn, it’s a 911.

There are a few other options of the 4-door variant (if seating for four as in the GT-R is important) and in my opinion, all are more valid, modern, useable and attractive alternatives. Thing is though, if you want a GT-R, nothing else will do. Just make sure you really want a GT-R…

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai


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