Nissan GT-R

The Essentials

  • Price from £74,480
  • What Car? says: 4 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 23.5mpg
  • What is it? The GT-R is, quite frankly, awesome to drive. It's not completely impractical, either, and the pricing makes it even more appealing.

Great

  • It's quite simply awesome to drive
  • It'll seat four at a push and the boot's decent, too
  • It's attractively priced and its residual values are strong

Gripes

  • The rear bench can seat only small passengers
  • All of the running costs are high
  • The Nissan badge will never have the cachet of a Porsche's
  • Drive

    Hard to beat, even in cars worth more than twice as much

  • Inside

    Stuffed with gadgetry, all wrapped in leather

  • Safety

    Six airbags and lots of clever electronics to keep you safe

  • Reliability

    Looks good and it should last well

  • Space

    Enough room to squeeze in four people and some luggage

  • Standard and extras

    Luxury car levels of standard kit

  • What's it like to drive?

    The GT-R accelerates with the sort of fury that many supercars will struggle to match. That's thanks to the car's incredible 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6, which delivers 542bhp and 466lb ft of pulling power. Should you find yourself entering a corner too fast, simply stand on the carbon composite brakes and the car stops in its tracks.
    The steering gives you some useful feedback about the road beneath you, but because it's on the light side there's no need to muscle the GT-R into corners - just point and shoot. Shuffling power between the front and rear wheels, the GT-R delivers as much grip and traction as your neck muscles can stand.
    There's lots of road noise at speed from the GT-R's mammoth tyres, and the thundering twin-turbo engine bellows as the revs climb, but put your foot down and the only noise you're likely to notice is your heart thumping with adrenalin.

  • What's it like inside?

    The GT-R's leather-trimmed dashboard is festooned with switches and digital read-outs, and they're not just for show - everything from steering input to G-forces is relayed to the driver.
    The leather seats provide a first-rate driving position and the visibility is also surprisingly good for a supercar. What's more, a decent-sized boot and room for four (at a push) means the GT-R is more practical than some rivals. It also features almost every bit of kit you can think of, including climate and cruise control, xenon headlamps, and electrically adjustable and heated seats.

  • How reliable is it?

    This quantity of electronics might usually cause concern about the likelihood of glitches, but if any company was to get it right, it would be Nissan. The firm came 10th out of 36 manufacturers in What Car?'s most recent reliability survey (Porsche came twentieth and Renault 33rd). The reliability of previous GT-Rs has been proven in the red-hot fire of race conditions, so we expect good things from the latest version. The cabin plastics feel solid, too.

  • Should I buy one?

    Considering its outstanding supercar capabilities, Nissan is practically giving the GT-R away. This helps to offset the steep running costs: average fuel economy is just 25mpg and CO2 emissions of 279g/km place it in the highest tax brackets. The rival Porsche 911 isn't much cheaper to run and costs way more to buy. Insurance premiums will be high, as will tyre costs if you drive this car the way it's mean to be driven. On the plus side, high demand should keep residual values strong.