Nissan’s beguiling supercar

Nissan GT-R

It takes a certain kind of driver to sample the Nissan GT-R, with its 0-60mph time of 2.7 seconds, and say, “Yes, it’s good, but can you make it go quicker?” If you’re one of them, this GT-R, tuned by Nismo, the motorsports division of Nissan, could be for you, says Nic Cackett in Autocar.

You won’t be alone: even with the car’s mighty price premium – expect about £120,000 – demand is likely to far outstretch supply (only 200 will be made this year). But is it worth it?

Definitely yes, says Matthew Jones in Top Gear. The 3.8-litre V6 engine has been boosted from 542 to 591bhp and torque is up from 465 to 481 lb ft – which is enough to boost the top speed from 196mph to… well, nobody yet knows, but it is “Oh-God-make-it-stop fast”. Nothing compares to it.

The acceleration is “utterly, utterly beguiling” – and, before you can swear, much less enter negotiations, you’ll be way into illegal motorway speeds. And it rides with more pliancy than you’d imagine possible in something that corners so flat. “I want one.”

It is frighteningly quick in a straight line, agrees Jack Rix in AutoExpress, but it’s the way the car harnesses its immense power that really impresses.

There’s a “finesse to the way it goes, stops and corners that inspires a god-like confidence in the driver and left us begging for more laps”. It’s a worthy achievement – expensive, but, for the performance on offer, also a bargain.

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