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The Nissan GT-R Is A Dream Car That You Can Afford

The GT-R’s performance figures may seem middle-of-the-pack for a sports car in 2019 but when it first arrived back in the 2009 model year, it was untouchable. No one in 2009 could believe a car with a Nissan badge had the ability to beat the likes of the Chevy Corvette and Porsche 911 Turbo. The GT-R may not be the prettiest sports car on the market, nor is it the most comfortable but for fans of Japanese cars, few cars have ever been cooler. A new GT-R is fairly unobtainable – with a starting price of around $100,000 – but a used one can now be had at a fraction of the price.

The GT-R was a relative bargain when it arrived for the 2009 model year with a starting price of $78,000, especially considering a 911 Turbo cost around $130,000 at the time. Prices for the GT-R now range from around $100,000 to around $175,000, so it’s not far off supercars like the Acura NSX and Audi R8. You’ve been able to buy an early GT-R for nothing less than $50,000 for a while now, which is still incredible value for such a potent sports car. Even the post-facelift cars from 2011 onward can now be found with relatively low mileage for less than $60,000.

The original GT-R (manufactured from 2007 and 2010 ) produced 479 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque, which went out through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission to all-wheel-drive. This was at a time when launch control was just starting to be introduced on sports cars, so the GT-R’s 0-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds was blistering. Output was increased to 523 hp and 451 lb-ft of torque in 2010, then again in 2012 to 544 hp and 463 lb-ft of torque. With the increase in power, the GT-R could break spines with a 0-60 time of 2.7 seconds.

NOTE: Don’t let the Nissan badge fool you, the GT-R has expensive components and the bills can rack up if any of them go wrong. We should warn you that GT-R ownership isn’t for the frugal minded. Most of these cars are no longer under warranty, so be sure to get a pre-purchase inspection before you pull the trigger.

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