• 565 HORSES, STANDARD

    GT-R Premium, 565 hp and 467 lb-ft of torque with 600 hp and 481 lb-ft available. [[1414]]
  • ALL-WHEEL DRIVE HANDLING

    The feel and response of rear-wheel drive, the confidence of AWD.
  • A HANDCRAFTED ENGINE

    One of five master craftsmen hand-assembles each GT-R power plant.

GT-R 3.8-L twin-turbo V6 engine

The heart of a legend

Nissan challenged convention at every point of the Nissan GT-R’s development. Instead of a large, heavy engine thirsty for fuel, the Nissan GT-R is powered by an ideally sized, twin-turbocharged 3.8-L V6 that produces a prodigious 565 hp and equally immense 467 lb-ft of torque.[[1414]] It’s built with immense strength, from a closed-deck cylinder block to a ladder frame structure for added support. Just as important as the engineering is the actual assembly, which is done by hand by a single master craftsman, whose signature you’ll find on a small but prominent plaque.

2021 Nissan GT-R closeup of V6 engine with two turbochargers

IHI turbocharger

An IHI turbocharger is mounted on each bank of the engine. The exhaust manifolds, inspired by racing technology, have optimized turbo flange attachment points, which allow for easier servicing and potential tuning, without touching the exhaust manifold. To ensure there is no turbo lag as torque rises, high-precision electronic controls are employed. An abradable seal housing derived from our GT3 racing program brings enhanced engine response at lower rpm. [[67]]

2021 Nissan GT-R showing a close up of titanium exhaust pipes

Handformed titanium exhaust

A titanium exhaust helps ensure proper cooling from the engine’s massive output. Notoriously difficult to work with, each exhaust is hand-built by a master craftsman, and is specifically designed for an individual vehicle. A “burnished” finish to the exhaust tip gives the perfect look – of a high-performance vehicle that’s been enjoyed to the fullest.


GT-R midship platform

Location, location, location

In another break with convention, Nissan GT-R’s Premium Midship platform places the engine farther back in the chassis for better handling. This unique layout also mounts the transmission with the transfer case in the rear of the Nissan GT-R, creating an independent rear transaxle in an All-Wheel Drive vehicle.

2021 Nissan GT-R side view cutaway to show midship engine and chassis
2021 Nissan GT-R NISMO showing black spoiler on the back

2021 Nissan GT-R NISMO

The ultimate GT-R experience can be found in the 2021 GT-R NISMO with its 600-hp engine and advanced performance and aerodynamics.[[1414]]

GT-R aerodynamics

Pure alchemy: a supercar that sculpts the wind

Relentless tuning of the GT-R’s aerodynamics creates an incredibly clean Coefficient of Drag of just 0.26 Cd. While you see a substantial, powerful supercar, to the wind, it punches through the air like a low-slung, mid-engine supercar. Pure aerodynamic alchemy.

GT-R 6-speed dual-clutch transmission

Shifting the world of transmissions

The longer a shift takes, the less time power is being put to the ground. The GT-R’s sequential dual-clutch transmission can snap off lightning-quick gear changes when in R-Mode.

2021 Nissan GT-R showing cutaway of transmission

Dry sump lubrication system

To ensure stable lubrication for the transmission even when cornering at high Gs, a dry sump lubrication system is employed. The system sprays transmission oil directly onto the gears, reducing friction and increasing reliability.

2021 Nissan GT-R showing paddle shifters

Two clutches, no clutch pedal [[1054]]

The Nissan GT-R’s 6-speed dual-clutch transmission shifts incredibly quickly. How? Inside the transmission, there are separate clutches for the odd (1st, 3rd, 5th) and even (2nd, 4th, 6th) gears. When the car is in an odd-numbered gear, the adjacent even-numbered gear is “pre-selected” – ready to make the shift immediately. The transmission is so smart, it even “blips” the throttle on downshifts to match rpm. 


GT-R advanced All-Wheel Drive

Dynamic handling for all seasons

When most supercars stay in the garage or make a hasty retreat, the Nissan GT-R powers through, with ATTESA ET-S®, one of the most advanced All-Wheel Drive and Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) systems ever used in a road car. [[117]][[115]]

2021 Nissan GT-R in Pearl White taking a corner in the snow

Performance with a bias

Instead of the traditional 50/50 torque split between front and rear axles, the electronically controlled All-Wheel Drive system provides up to nearly 100% of available torque to the rear wheels, and can send up to 50% of torque to the front wheels. This provides the steering feel and response of a rear-wheel drive vehicle, while giving the added confidence that only AWD can offer. Additionally, VDC continuously monitors your steering and braking actions, senses any oversteer or understeer, and compensates by reducing engine speed and/or applying brake pressure to specific wheels. [[117]]

GT-R performance parts and features

Supercar, super attention to detail

From the front bumper to the rear, every aspect of the GT-R has been created to deliver unparalleled performance when you get behind the wheel.

On-the-fly set-up switches

Nissan GT-R’s easy-to-use 3-mode system is always ready. Three switches allow for on-the-fly adjustment of specific performance parameters for the transmission, suspension, and Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system. [[117]]

In the hands of masters

True mastery from Takumi to expert driver