With up to 600-hp under its hood, the 2022 Nissan GT-R is a powerful and tenacious-handling sports car that earns its nickname. Unfortunately, its formula hasn’t changed much since it was introduced in 2009 but the sports cars it competes with have. Inside is where the GT-R’s age becomes more apparent, with an outdated design and down-market materials that are shared with lesser Nissan models. The GT-R does have several things going for it though. For one thing, all-wheel drive is standard on every model which helps with handling and gives the car a planted, confident feel. Plus, it’s rarer than a Porsche 911, so you’ll stand out in traffic or on your next track day.
What’s New for 2022?
Nissan is releasing a Special Edition model of the GT-R based on the 600-hp NISMO trim for 2022. The car will be sold only in limited numbers, although Nissan has not yet said how many will come to North America. Special Edition models will be identified by unique black-painted 20-inch wheels with red accents, a carbon-fiber hood, and a special Stealth Gray exterior paint color.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The 2022 GT-R’s standard twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-6 makes a mighty 565 horsepower. It hooks up to a six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive that conspire to put all that power to the pavement. At our test track, the GT-R launched itself from zero to 60 mph in a mere 2.9 seconds. The GT-R’s quick steering, rigid structure, and adjustable suspension can make even amateurs feel positively heroic from behind the wheel. Want more? Check out the Track Edition and NISMO models with a tuned-up engine that makes 600 horsepower. The ride is firm but not punishing and, thanks to active sound cancellation, the thrum of the GT-R’s engine doesn’t punish your eardrums when cruising on the highway.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA estimates that every GT-R will earn 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. However, we don’t know its real-world mpg since we haven’t tested one on our 200-mile highway fuel-economy route. For more information about the GT-R’s fuel economy, visit the EPA.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Inside, the GT-R’s front seats are plenty roomy but the rear seats are places only small children could find comfortable. The interior is nicely appointed and offers a host of standard features, but those seeking a high-end interior such as those of the Audi R8 or the Mercedes-AMG GT will be disappointed. Every model features dual-zone climate control, leather-and-suede-covered upholstery, heated front seats, and more. Interior cubby storage is scarce with nothing more than large door pockets and a small center console bin.