The only thing that’s climbed faster than the cost of college tuition is the price of the Nissan GT-R. When the first R35 GT-R made its US debut at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show, it carried a price of $69,850. In our report, we called it a “huge performance bargain.” Now, Godzilla’s hottest variant, the 2017 GT-R Nismo, officially costs $100,000 more than the original R35.
Yes, the 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo costs $176,585, including $1,595 in destination charges. And while that figure might seem exorbitant, it’s only about $10,000 more than last year’s GT-R Nismo, a mere smidgen in the world of six-figure supercars. And unlike the $188,100 Porsche 911 Turbo S, Nissan’s price is almost a case of what you see is what you get – paint is the only available option, with Super Silver carrying a $3,000 price tag and Pearl White demanding an extra $1,000. We doubt you’ll ever find a 911 Turbo S for its base price.
As we covered during the 2017 GT-R Nismo’s debut earlier this year, the majority of the changes focus on aerodynamics, with a new, larger front splitter. That means the new Godzilla will have more downforce than any of its predecessors. Engineers also made minor changes to the suspension’s springs, stabilizer bars, and adjustable Bilstein dampers. The 600-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V6 is unchanged.
The Nissan GT-R Nismo is officially at dealers. If you have nearly $180,000 burning a hole in your pocket and are in the market for some automotive Kaijū, you know where to go.