6. Nissan GT-R Coupe
Base Price: $109,990
The 2017 Nissan GT-R Coupe is a supercar that breaks many of the traditional supercar rules. First, it does not come from an upscale brand. Second, it violates the tyranny of the modern mid-engine supercar formula by having its engine in the front. Finally, it has the nerve to actually look like a highly-evolved version of an actual automobile, and not like a prop in a sci-fi movie. Refreshing.
The GT-R Coupe packs a twin-turbocharged 3.8-L V6 that produces a truly impressive 565 horsepower. The actual engine assembly is done in a “clean room” by a single master craftsman, who signs a plaque on the engine when his work is done.
The GT-R comes with a 6-speed sequential dual-clutch transmission with paddle-shifters. When set to the highest-performance R-Mode, the GT-R can shift nearly as quickly as you can blink. The electronically controlled all-wheel drive system monitors your steering and braking inputs, senses if there’s oversteer or understeer, and compensates for it.
Like the Porsche, the GT-R is a 2+2, with plenty of room in the front and not much in the back. Real leather and synthetic suede seating is standard, as is an 11-speaker Bose audio system with two subwoofers. Active noise cancellation keeps the interior quiet.
The 2017 Nissan GT-R Coupe has been given the nickname “Godzilla.” It is the biggest and baddest Japanese performance car monster on the planet. Try not to pick a fight with one of these!