Nissan GT-R review

Category: Sports car

Section: Introduction

Nissan GT-R 2021 front cornering
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  • Nissan GT-R 2021 front cornering
  • Nissan GT-R 2021 rear cornering
  • Nissan GT-R 2021 dashboard
  • Nissan GT-R 2021 front seats
  • Nissan GT-R 2021 gearstick
  • Nissan GT-R 2021 front panning
  • Nissan GT-R 2021 right panning
  • Nissan GT-R 2021 right panning
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Introduction

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When it comes to Japanese performance cars, the Nissan GT-R is arguably top dog, partly because it puts the 'F' in fast.

The inheritor of a legacy of sporting machines badged 'Skyline GT-R', the current-generation model took the car’s reputation for giant-killing pace to new heights when it was introduced. More recently, Nissan has added even more power to a recipe that includes a twin-turbocharged V6 engine and a uniquely complex four-wheel-drive system.

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Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

The Nissan GT-R driving experience has always come with a few rough edges – it’s certainly a long way from being a civilised grand tourer. Updates have given it better cruising manners and a smoother ride, but the tyres still kick up a lot of road noise and the town ride isn’t as good as in rivals. The six-speed twin-clutch automatic gearbox can snatch and clunk at low speeds too.

However, that's much less the case with the range-topping Nismo. With race-track focused Bilstein suspension, semi-slick Dunlop Sports Max GT 600 tyres, improved downforce and less weight thanks to a smattering of carbon-fibre panels, it’s impossible to get close to the car’s limit of grip on the road. That doesn’t mean the Nismo is a one-dimensional, point and squirt device. Far from it. 

Where an Audi R8 or Porsche 911 GT3 RS flows with the road and responds best to delicate inputs, the Nismo GT-R is a more physical and demanding machine. On a typical bumpy British B-road, you constantly find yourself being kicked out of your seat as the suspension struggles to iron out the surface underneath, while the front end has a tendency to follow every surface undulation intently. Factor in an engine that delivers its power in one massive hit and the Nismo is a car that demands your full concentration. 

For many, this kind of physicality won’t appeal, but for those looking for an old-school, interactive performance car experience, nothing else comes close to giving you the same kind of adrenaline hit.

At a glance
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Target Price from £88,485
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RRP price range £88,485 - £184,185
Number of trims (see all)5
Number of engines (see all)2
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)petrol
MPG range across all versions 20.2 - 20.7
Available doors options 2
Warranty 3 years / 60000 miles
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £6,369 / £13,451
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £12,738 / £26,901
Available colours