This year’s dollar doesn’t stretch as far as last year’s. Whatever you’re shopping for, there’s a good chance it will cost you more in 2022 because inflation is currently running at over 8 percent. Labor Department data released in August revealed that U.S. consumers’ grocery bills had jumped 16 percent in the year through to July, the biggest rise since 1974.
But civic-minded Nissan has some great news to warm your heart while that broth warms your cockles at the soup kitchen: the 2023 Nissan GT-R is priced the same as the 2022 car. Okay, so that price is $113,540, which is more than double the $54,132 median American salary, so only a handful of people will actually see the benefit. But those that do benefit will be buying a GT-R for less in real terms than they would have paid if they’d bought one last year for the same price.
The $113,540 MSRP, which doesn’t include a $1,895 destination and handling fee, relates to the regular GT-R Premium, which carries over its 565 hp (573 PS), 467 lb-ft (633 Nm), 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6, six-speed dual-clutch transmission, and all-wheel drive system. The only other GT-R available is the GT-R Nismo, which borrows its upgraded turbos from the GT3 GT-R race car to whip up 600 hp (608 PS) and 481 lb-ft (652 Nm) of torque. Other Nismo-specific goodies include a different suspension tune, carbon bodywork, and bigger Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes. The Nismo’s price is also unchanged from last year, but that’s just as well: its costs a hefty $210,740.
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We’ve driven both versions, and while the Nismo feels much more focused, it’s not easy to wrap your head around its almost 100 percent price premium over the standard car. At least with the Porsche 911 GT3 ($161k) and GT3 RS ($224k) you’re getting an entirely different engine to the one fitted to the base car. So we’ll take the stock GT-R, thanks, and while we still can, because Godzilla doesn’t have many seasons left in it.