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Nissan GT-R coupe (2009-2022) - MPG, running costs & CO2

For the performance on offer, the GT-R offers reasonable economy

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The Nissan GT-R is a very expensive car to run. You’ll be lucky to coax more than 20mpg out of it, even if you’re really gentle with the accelerator. It’s more likely that you’ll frequently see far lower figures if you succumb to bursts of acceleration.

Nissan GT-R MPG, CO2 & running costs

The Nissan GT-R is a very expensive car to run. Official fuel economy is 20.2mpg, but you’ll be lucky to get that, even if you’re really gentle with the accelerator. All Nissan GT-R models attract road tax of £150 a year, plus an additional surcharge of £325 a year for the first five years of ownership, bringing the annual bill to £475 during that period. If anyone is adventurous enough to contemplate a GT-R company car, its 316g/km CO2 emissions place it resoundingly in the top Benefit-in-Kind band.

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Choose the GT-R Nismo and fuel economy drops to 19.7mpg, although owners are unlikely to notice too much difference in day-to-day driving. Emissions also climb slightly to 325g/km but this has no tax implications.

Insurance group

The Nissan GT-R occupies the highest insurance group there is – group 50. This is the same rating as the Ferrari 488 GTB, Porsche 911 Turbo, Lamborghini Aventador and Mercedes-AMG GT. In other words, as well as supercar performance and fuel consumption, the Nissan attracts supercar insurance premiums, too.

If you’re considering a Nissan GT-R, or any other high-performance car, we always recommend that you request a quote for insurance cover beforehand.

Servicing

The GT-R will need a regular service every 12 months or 9,000 miles, whichever comes first. The service schedule needs to be adhered to religiously, particularly if you’re driving the car hard regularly. 

Tyres will be expensive, too, and frequently making full use of the car’s power will increase the wear rate. It’s wise to stick to well proven tyres such as those originally supplied by Nissan. Fitting low-quality tyres can easily compromise the car's astonishing handling capabilities.

The same goes for the brakes: the GT-R’s braking system is superb, but replacement discs and pads are expensive and any use on track will cause them to wear out quickly.

Warranty

Although the GT-R is expensive to buy and run, you could argue that it’s in fact good value for money, because it offers McLaren performance with a BMW price tag. Keep that optimistic thought in mind, and Nissan’s three-year/60,000-mile warranty will provide you with further reassurance.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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