Nissan GT-R car review
PUBLISHED: 16:20 23 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:36 20 February 2013
Andy Enright reviews the new Nissan GT-R
The Nissan GT-R is a car that appears to bend the laws of physics to its own will, defying conventional measures of power to weight and generating traction where none apparently exists.
It's the genius in its chassis engineering that has had other manufacturers scratching their heads and winding up power outputs to obscene levels in an attempt to keep pace. The latest GT-R will have them reaching for their drawing boards again.
Somewhat remarkably, the car's creator noted in 2007 that as jaw-dropping as that car was, the real deal would be three years away but it's here now and, well, it doesn't look much different. Underneath, however, the suspension has been wholly overhauled, the engine power goes up to 523bhp, torque takes a great hike and virtually every detail has been fettled and honed.
The interior quality has improved considerably and there's now a broader
range of GT-R variants to choose from.
There will be those who decry the Nissan as a one-trick pony, a vehicle
that can shine on a lap of the Nrburgring but which possesses an
otherwise narrow band of talent.
The latest GT-R broadens its appeal somewhat albeit at a price but
those who doubt the Nissan are usually those who have never driven
one. The GT-R is a complex, capable and charismatic car that just got a
whole lot better.
More power to it.
FACTS AT A GLANCE
CAR: Nissan GT-R
PRICES: from 69,950 on the road
CO2 EMISSIONS: 279g/km
PERFORMANCE: 0-62mph 3.5s / top speed 197mph
FUEL CONSUMPTION: (combined) 23.5mpg
STANDARD SAFETY FEATURES: ESP, ABS, twin front and side airbags
WILL IT FIT IN YOUR GARAGE? length/width/height mm 4670/1895/1370