It is also the first four-wheel drive car to have its transmission located at the rear. This results in a distribution of torque to the rear wheels varying from 50 to 98 percent, eliminating the previous generation's understeer weakness.
The GT-R's performance is on par with the latest supercars and is one of the fastest cars to lap the Nürburgring with an incredible 7 minutes and 26 seconds. It received a facelift in 2011 along with a boost in horsepower.
Need for Speed: ProStreet
The Nissan GT-R has a good acceleration and firm handling. It is superior to the Nissan GT-R Proto despite having a lower price tag. Players are recommended to use the car for Grip. The stability provided by the all-wheel drive layout make the GT-R also useful for Speed events.
Need for Speed: Undercover
With a high top speed of 243 mph (391 km/h), it is slower than the Bugatti Veyron 16.4, however, it lacks acceleration in comparison to other tier 1 cars.
Super State CruiserThe TCPD utilises Super State Cruisers based on the Nissan GT-R. During the mission Grand Theft 5-0, the player is tasked with delivering a Super State Cruiser. It is not equipped with performance upgrades and a nitrous kit.
Need for Speed: Shift
The Nissan GT-R appears in Need for Speed: Shift as tier 3 car with a price tag of $165,000. It is unlocked after collecting 80 Stars and is capable of a Works conversion.
Its performance index is measured by C 980 and handling is rated 3.44. The NFS Edition possesses a B 1160 performance rating, 3.60 handling rating, and goes from 0-60mph in 3.34 seconds.
Need for Speed: Nitro
An R35 GT-R with a unique livery can be unlocked as a Collectable Car for use in both Arcade Mode and Career Mode, once the player finishes the Gold Cup Grand Prix in 1st place.
Need for Speed: World
The GT-R before the patch on May 30, 2012 suffered from severe understeer whilst turning at any speed due to a high weight. It also had a good acceleration and top speed.
Currently, the GT-R can turn better than before, but is still featured with a heavy weight. Its handling is up to par with the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4's, meaning the GT-R can take most corners in the game at a fairly high speed. It also has a quick acceleration that is comparable with lower rated class A cars and an average nitrous boost. Top speed is 190 mph (305 km/h).
The GT-R is useful in pursuit events and partly competitive in multiplayer races, because of having a better handling than other lower priced Class B pre-Tier 3 cars such as the Audi R8 4.2 FSI quattro, although it might still need upgrades.
|The Red style is an Amerikon Speedsystems performance tuned speedboost car that costs 3900. It was made available on January 18th, 2011.
|The Black style is a rotationally available stock cash car that costs 1,300,000. It was made available on March 5th, 2010 during the first closed beta session.
Before August 22nd, 2012, it could only be purchased if the player was at Driver Level 30 or above and cost 600,000.
|The Stator style is a rental car that can be leased for 300. It was made available on June 28th, 2010 during the sixth closed beta session.
|The Shard style is a previous rental only car that can be purchased for 650,000. It was made available on June 1st, 2015 as part of the End of the World event.
|The Limited Edition style is an art director car that was never released.
Shift 2: Unleashed
The Nissan GT-R appears in Shift 2: Unleashed as a Modern Road car with a price tag of $132,000 and as an NFS Edition, which costs $155,000.
The GT-R offers a stable and precise handling, which can be useful for difficult corners. It is one of the most controllable cars within its class, given the fact it rarely becomes loose whilst turning.
The high weight of the Nissan GT-R affects its acceleration, which is weaker than seen by a few tier 3 cars such as the Chevrolet Corvette Z06. With a Works conversion, this minor issue can be eliminated and the Nissan GT-R can become a very competitive race car, better than the SpecV.
Need for Speed: The Run
The Nissan GT-R appears in Need for Speed: The Run as a tier 4 car.
Every variant of the Nissan GT-R has a "normal" handling rating. They are notable for their quick acceleration and stability through corners.
The Mega edition is a tier 5 car that is included as part of the Signature Edition Booster Pack.
The NFS Edition is a tier 5 car that is unlocked after beating 15 objectives in the NFS Edition playlist.
Both Tier 5 variants of the Nissan GT-R accelerate from 0-60mph in 2.9 seconds and are capable of reaching 218 mph (351 km/h).
A GT-R police interceptor can be encountered during The Run, but cannot be unlocked by the player.
- It is one of the few cars in Need for Speed: Undercover to appear as a diecast car. The diecast variant of the GT-R shares a similar police livery as seen on the TCPD Super State Cruiser and is equipped with a body kit. To unlock it, players must type "90=*6@ at the cheat codes menu.
- The GT-R is seen in the demo of Need for Speed: Shift, where it is featured with a purple AEM livery.
- The GT-R, in the iOS release of Shift 2: Unleashed, has US side markers on its front wings.
- A Works conversion GT-R in the Shift series has the same bodykit as the GT500 category Autobacs Super GT.
- The Need for Speed Edition GT-R appears on the box art for Shift 2: Unleashed.