Nissan GT-R Coupe full 9 point review
Hang on tight! The GT-R's incredible 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 serves up 542bhp and 466lb ft of torque, so the GT-R accelerates with the sort of fury that many supercars will struggle to match. Should you find yourself entering a corner too hot, simply stand on the carbon composite brakes and the scenery slows like you’ve run into a concrete bunker.
Ride & Handling
The steering has some useful feel, but because it’s on the light side, there’s no need to muscle the GT-R into corners. Instead, all you need to do is point the nose at the apex of a bend, vaguely imagine what the exit looks like and give it as much throttle as you dare. Shuffling power between the front and rear wheels, the GT-R delivers as much grip and traction as its tyres and your neck muscles can withstand.
There’s plenty of road noise at speed from the GT-R's mammoth tyres, and the thundering twin-turbo engine bellows as the revs climb. Of course, none of this will manage to drown out the thumping of your heart as the GT-R unleashes its outrageous performance.
Buying & Owning
Considering its outstanding capabilities, Nissan is positively giving the GT-R away. Huge demand should keep residual values strong, although running costs aren’t for the faint-hearted. Carbon dioxide emissions place it in the highest company car tax bracket, while its average fuel economy is just 24mpg. Insurance premiums and tyre wear will also be high.
Quality & Reliability
Although the GT-R bristles with electronics, if you were to put your money on any company getting it right, it would be Nissan. The engine is hand-built, the chassis is precision aligned and the reliability of previous GT-Rs has been proven in the red-hot fire of race conditions.
Safety & Security
To prevent accidents occurring, the GT-R’s electronics play a massive part in keeping it on the road - no matter how slippery the surface is. Should the worst happen, though, there are twin front, side and curtain airbags to protect passengers. Deadlocks and an alarm are fitted as standard, so the GT-R should do well at deterring thieves.
Behind The Wheel
The GT-R's dashboard bristles with banks of switches and more digital read-outs than a cyber-geek's bedroom, and they’re not just for show, either. Okay, so 11 separate read-outs, including everything from steering input degrees to cornering G-forces may hint at overkill, but the driving position is first-rate and the visibility is also surprisingly good for a supercar.
Space & Practicality
Don’t go thinking that, because the GT-R is a race-car for the road, its cabin is a stripped-out carbon-fibre and aluminium bean can. On the contrary, a leather-trimmed dashboard and seats, cushy trim, high-quality plastics and enough room for four at a push, plus a decent-sized boot mean you can easily use your GT-R on a daily basis.
The GT-R features almost every bit of kit you can think of: alloy wheels, climate control, cruise control, xenon headlamps, remote central locking, a pumping stereo system, and electrically adjustable and heated leather-trimmed seats are all included as standard.