Here is our pick of the best Nissan models ever made.
Nissan is a globally recognized manufacturer of several awesome performance cars – all-time icons, but it is also famous for its sturdy everyday vehicles. The company experienced both ups and downs, but undoubtedly left its mark on the history of the automotive industry and continues to produce new competitive products.
Nissan GT-R (“Godzilla”)
The Nissan GT-R (Gran Turismo Racing) with a 3.8L twin-turbo V6 making 485-600 hp, a 6-speed DCT, and a standard AWD system is a favorite of car enthusiasts. The automaker renamed the Skyline GT-R to the GT and introduced the new vehicle in 2007, with sales to begin in 2008. Since then the model has achieved success both as a road car and in motorsports.
A redesigned 2024 Nissan GT-R receives heritage paint options, updated aerodynamics, and a T-spec special edition. Under the hood, the vehicle has a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 hand-assembled by Takumi technicians. The engine delivers 565 hp and 467 lb-ft of torque and features a standard titanium exhaust system.
The Nissan Skyline GT-R R32, R33, and R34 sports cars made in 1989–2002 are true automotive icons.
The R32 generation appeared in movies and video games. It is also known for its outstanding performance and lightning-quick 0-62 mph acceleration of 4.7 seconds. The car’s 2.6-liter inline-6 engine produced 280 hp at 6000 rpm in pair with a 5-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive.
The bigger and heavier R33 was Nissan’s road star. The engine inherited from the R32 was highly tunable and able to deliver more than 280 horsepower, and the car was equally fast as its predecessor.
The R34 generation was one of a kind – equipped with a 2.6-liter turbocharged 6-cylinder that developed 276-330 hp.
The Z-car features distinct styling and a reputation for performance and power at a competitive price. The Z series started from the Datsun 240Z/Fairlady Z model launched in 1969, continued in the 80s-90s with the 300ZX, in the 2000s with the 350Z, and in the 2010s with the 370Z,
The lithe-looking 300ZX was a star in the 90s when the car had several wins in motorsport. It was powered by a base naturally aspirated 3.0-liter 222-hp V6 or a twin-turbo V6 with up to 300 hp.
The Nissan 350Z is an iconic movie car from the Fast and Furious franchise and Tokyo Drift, a symbol of the brand’s prowess and engineering excellence, and a vehicle that was ripe for personalization and tuning.
The 350Z came with 3.5-liter VQ35 engine variants producing up to 305 hp and 268 pound-feet of torque and accelerated from 0 to 62 mph in around 5.6 seconds. A popular NISMO trim was available for the model.
The updated 370Z arrived in 2009 with a larger 3.7-liter 323-hp V6, a cleaner look, improved performance, and a 0-62 mph acceleration time of 5.2 sec.
Nissan was one of the first to show the world what a full-fledged electric car was. The automaker introduced this battery-electric 5-door compact hatchback in late 2010, and now already two generations are on the roads worldwide.
This model is a winner of multiple awards. Before the Tesla Model 3 surpassed it, the Nissan Leaf was listed as the world’s all-time top-selling plug-in electric car thru December 2019. The car’s range on a full charge has been increased gradually from 117 km/73 mi to 364 km/226 mi EPA-rated.
Today it is difficult for the Leaf to compete in a growing and crowded EV segment. Nevertheless, the car has already gone down in history, even if it will have to retire soon.
This classic Nissan made from 1989 to 1998 is one of the best drift cars of all time. Car enthusiasts like this model for its highly customizable nature, superior handling, and cutting-edge features like a multilink suspension system.
The 240SX is still popular in tuner culture and drifting, it is featured in several racing video games (Forza Motorsport, Midnight Club, and others).
The car is based on the Nissan S chassis and is closely related to its platform-mates, such as the Europe-market 200SX, Japan’s 180SX, and Silvia. Most of the Nissan 240SXs came with a 2.4-liter inline-4 engine and four-wheel drive.
Nissan Pulsar GTi-R (“Baby Godzilla”)
The Nissan Pulsar GTi-R, also known as the Sunny GTi-R, is a well-regarded hot hatchback made between 1990 and 1994 to take part in WRC in Group A. The model had a strong impression, though was not a particular success.
Its classmates are the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, Subaru Impresa WRX, Lancia Delta Integrale, Toyota Celica GT4, and the Ford Escort Cosworth.
The Pulsar GTi-R featured a striking appearance and exemplary performance: fast 0-60-mph acceleration (5.3 sec), superb handling and agility. Under the hood, the car had a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine making 227 hp and 210 lb-ft, a 5-speed manual gearbox, and an all-wheel drive system.