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Meet The Nissan GT-R Pure: New Cheaper Trim For 2018

For the first time since 2013, the GT-R is less than $100,000.

When Nissan first introduced the R35 GT-R back in 2008, it was a performance bargain with a starting price of just $69,850. Fast forward to 2017, and you can't buy a GT-R for less than $100,000. The GT-R is meant to be the affordable world-beater for people who don't want a Ferrari or a Porsche. Nissan seems to have strayed away from what made the GT-R great, but it looks like the company will inch back to what made the R35 so special in the first place with the recently announced 2018 model that's just been given a price tag.

Don't get too excited, because this is . This is still the same R35 model that we have known since 2008, . Some of the less exciting changes for 2018 include the addition of Apple CarPlay and a new black "Kuro Night" color for the Premium Interior Package. The 2018 GT-R will be available in four trim levels, with a new Pure model acting as the most affordable car. The GT-R Pure will start at $99,990, making it the first GT-R in a few years to have a sub-$100,000 price tag. Stepping up to the Premium trim costs $110,490, and adds an 11-speaker Bose audio system, active noise cancellation and active sound enhancement, as well as a titanium exhaust system.

The last of the "normal" GT-R trims is the Track Edition, which starts at $128,490 and comes with elements from the flagship NISMO model. All three of these GT-R models will receive a 20 hp bump over 2017 models, for a total of 565 hp. The GT-R NISMO will be a limited production car with a starting price of $175,490. In addition to various handling and aerodynamic upgrades, the GT-R NISMO also receives a power boost up to 600 hp. We were happy to see that Nissan has finally lowered the price of the GT-R back into the five-figure range, but all models carry a destination and handling fee of $1,695, thus eliminating the sub-$100,000 base price.

The 2018 Nissan GT-R is not significantly different than the 2017 model that it replaces, but we commend Nissan for making subtle tweaks that still keep the GT-R relevant. Nissan's other sports car, the 370Z, has also been on the market since 2008, but is by newer competitors. Hopefully a , but until then we'll have to live with the R35.

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