Ever since the launch of the R35 in late 2007, the AWD monster from Japan has been making headlines in the car community, and has become a dream car for many car enthusiasts. It also has been called a "fanboy car", "computer on wheels", and "overrated". Is the car praised way too much, or is it just the haters talking?
First off, let's talk about the car's performance. It currently makes 565-600 horsepower from it's twin-turbocharged V6. It is also able to complete the 0-60mph sprint in under 3 seconds thanks to it's AWD system. That's competitive with supercars that should beat this car on paper. It can also reach top speeds of over 200mph which is no doubt supercar territory. A 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo also is clinging on to the number 10 spot for the fastest production cars around the Nurburgring today which is an impressive accomplishment showing how good and relevant it still is today.
Next let's look at the price of the car compared to it's competitors. The base model starts just shy of U.S. $100,000. The price for the new Porsche 911 Turbo is almost 70 grand more than GTR and the Turbo S is more than double the price of the GTR. It would be hard to justify spending at least $70k more on a car with little to no performance gain. It's also cheaper than the base model Audi R8. The V10 plus is also double the price of the GTR. The R8 is probably the overall better performer but just barely. The cars are pretty evenly matched but it's still hard to justify spending nearly $40k more for a base model R8 that again has a very slight advantage over the GTR.
Next up, how easy is the car to live with? This is basically how well the car will do in your normal day-to-day life. How fuel efficient is it? Do you have a decent amount of room available if you need to make a run to grocery store? That's what will be answered here. The GT-R has 8.8 ft of storage space not counting the back seats which give you more room to store things. This is better than the 911 turbo which it only has about 5.1 ft of storage space not counting the seat areas of the car. The R8 has the biggest disadvantage because it is a 2 seater giving it only about 8ft of total storage space. When it comes to fuel economy, the GTR is bested by the 911 Turbo with 19mpg city/24mpg hwy. The GTR 16mpg city/22mpg hwy but it beats the R8 by 2mpg city. With that said the GTR would be a somewhat easy car to live with.
The reliability of a car is always important. Now with a car like the GTR it's not going to be cheap to maintain anyway, but back to my point. The Nissan GTR is more reliable than the R8 according to a 2017 J.D. Power and Associates report marking the Nissan 10th in initial quality vs. the R8's ranking of 26th in initial quality. The Nissan also has a better warranty with a 6 year, 60k mile warranty compared to the R8s 4 year, 50k mile warranty which is also the same as the 911 turbo's warranty.
Now comes the fun stuff. The aftermarket support. This is where the GTR has a big advantage over the Audi, and Porsche. The Nissan has so many aftermarket choices that if you have deep pockets, you can spoil yourself from performance mods, to body kits. The GTR is the most modifiable car out of the 3. Sure the R8 and the 911 Turbo have a bunch of performance mods that can be done like the GTR to create high horsepower cars, but it doesn't have nearly as many personalization options (Body Kits, Spoilers etc) that the GTR has.
The last thing I want to talk about is the charm of the vehicle. (This maybe a little bit biased since I live in the United States.) The Nissan GTR has something special that I don't think the R8 or the 911 has been able to match for my generation . Growing up in the United States with games like Gran Truismo, and Need For Speed: Underground, and the Fast and Furious movies, the GTRs were something that we wanted stateside but never got. When the GTR debuted in the U.S. in July of 2008, it was like our video game fantasies coming true, and that's something that the R8 and 911 just can't compete with.
Now that I've said everything I wanted to say, I don't think that the Nissan GTR R35 is an overrated car. It is desirable because it's as good, if not better than other supercars, for a much cheaper price, and with a charm to it that other cars don't have.
Do you agree with me or do you still think that the Nissan GTR R35 is still overrated. Let me know in the comments.
P.S. The GTR's fanbase full of fanboys who aren't old enough to drive IS NOT enough to justify calling it overrated.