The Nissan GT-R (2009-2015): used buying guide

With a new model costing from £80,000, today’s 562bhp Nissan GT-R faces a handful of rivals, at least on the price.

But what about the seven-year-old model, touting 479bhp for £35,000? Alternatives that will inspire the same shock and awe are thin on the ground, although you might want to consider a used Audi R8 from 2007, or a new Ford Mustang V8 GT.

It just might, however. The fact is, the four-wheel-drive GT-R that was launched in Europe in 2009, and subsequently lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7 min 26.7 sec – is quite different from these and most other.

Every schoolkid knows that the GT-R’s tyres are filled with nitrogen (assuming that the owners have resisted the courtyard of the airlines) and its twinturbo 3.8-litre V6 is hand-built. Only the swot analysis at the back of the class, however, can tell you that it is the world’s first independent, four-wheel drive transaxle, mounted at the rear and the integration of the dual-clutch automatic gearbox and the final drive to near-perfect weight distribution, and the suspension is the Bilstein DampTronic active.

Only 10 Nissan High Performance Centres (this is what vendors mean when they write “full NHPC history”, in the ads) have been appointed to manage the sale and maintenance of the R35-series GT-R. Early cars came in a choice of three specifications: standard, Premium (Bose audio system, automatic headlights) and Black Edition (fitted with leather seats). All three can do 0-62mph in 3.5 sec, with a top speed of 193mph.

A few months later, the Nissan GT-R team to update the car to the revision of the suspension and tweaked the engine and transmission software for better low-speed behavior, and more aggressive gearchanges. Inside, the infotainment system acquired an improvement of the sat-nav.

In October 2010, the power was increased up to 523bhp, the body stiffened and a new mode permits faster standing starts (when the temperature of the oil was at the right level). A raft of body tweaks improved stability and cooling performance, while the detail styling changes included magnesium in the paddle shifters. The new £70,000 starting price this is one of the reasons why 2009 cars to withstand depreciation if property.

At the beginning of 2012, the GT-R is the power has increased again, to 545bhp, bringing 0-62mph in under three seconds. The car has won an asymmetry of the suspension to provide a firmer spring on the left side to counter the combined weight of the driver and the tree on the right. The Recaro edition with Recaro seats and joined the line-up, too. The improved fuel economy of 0.5 mpg to 24mpg. In addition, the road tax is £515 on all models.

In the spirit of continuous improvement, the following years have allowed us to continue the ride, handling and performance of the GT-R, which culminates today in a £150 000, which 592bhp GT-R Nismo – costs of € 115,000 more expensive than the starting price for a 2009 car, which is our pick of the supercar value.

An expert’s view…

IAN LITCHFIELD, LITCHFIELD

“The GT-R’s engine is so strong that we guarantee to 750bhp without internal reinforcement. Equally firm are the residual values, in part because Nissan never ceases to raise the new prices. The GT-R was £53,000; today, prices start at £80,000, and at the bottom it is the same car. Every time Nissan is launching a new, it gives the opportunity of an extra boost. You can not buy another supercar for the money that is usable, or adjustable. But they are expensive to run, therefore, it is sufficient that the performance is not for the faint-hearted, neither are the bills.”

Buyer beware…

ENGINE

The chains can stretch, causing the tensioner to wear out and need to be replaced at around 70,000 km. It is a £2k engine work. Sounds of bell could be the wheel bearings of the shaft. Query the ECU to check the number of launch control starts, as well as historical data (see ‘Also interesting to know”).

SERVICE HISTORY

For pre-2012 cars, the services of six-month or 6 000 km; thereafter, 12 months or 9000 km. Bills can vary a lot, in order to verify if a big one is due.

THE TRANSMISSION, STEERING,

The Transmission is noisy, so don’t worry too much. Gearbox selector problems are not unknown on the 2008 Japan-spec cars. The bridge is in need of a fluid change every 18 months or 18k miles. Steering lock unit was a recall on the early cars.

CHASSIS

Older cars can suffer crying the shock absorbers. Front lower arm bushes can crack on high mileage cars, but they are easy to replace. The appetite for tires and brakes is fierce.

ELECTRIC

Early cars had stereo issues, in addition to reminders, to cause failure of the instrument lighting.

BODY

Paint chips easily, causing rust stains; the negligence here could mean the neglect elsewhere. Some of the early cars had the bubbling of the paint in the exterior mirrors, fixed by Nissan. Verify adjustment/alignment of the hood. The single-use, pedestrianfriendly item may cost £10k to replace.

INSIDE

Acres of plastic can degrade in direct sunlight (surfaces become sticky) and be easily scratched.

Also useful to know…

Nissan High Performance Centres are equipped to maintain the GT-r and can interrogate your car’s software. For about £55, they are going to download history of the performance, so that you will be aware of all your car’s darkest secrets.

How much to spend…

£35,000 – £39,500

Private and merchant 2009 Premium and Black Editions. Also Litchfield Stage 1 or 2 Black Editions more merchant-sales of high-end cars.

£ 40,000-£45,000

Immaculate 2009 cars, but of the years 2010 to within the range, including car dealership.

£46 000-50, 000 lbs

Many 2011-2013s, including approved used 2012 Recaros and low-mile Litchfield Stage 1 and 2 cars.

£51 000 € and more than 58 000

Low mileage for 2012-2014 cars, most of them Recaros.

£59 000

Low mileage, approved used 2014 – 2015 Recaros and the Premium Editions.

John Evans

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