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The GT-R is clearly and comprehensively improved, but is it worth the price hike?

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29 September 2010

What is it?

The new Nissan GT-R that was first shown to us in late 2007. At the time its chief engineer, Kazutoshi Mizuno, made it clear it would take three further years to refine the concept to a point where the real GT-R would be revealed. And this, apparently, is it.

Doesn’t look much different, does it? But it is. The significant styling changes may run to only some daytime running lights, a wider front grille and a new carbon diffuser at the back, but mechanically the car has been comprehensively updated.

What’s it like?

Tantalisingly enough, Mizuno is remaining coy about the numbers, but we know more boost and tweaked valve timing have raised power from 478bhp to at least 523bhp.

Moreover, there’s now a carbon strut brace across the engine compartment, modified dampers, tyres changed in compound, construction and pattern, bigger front brakes (up 10mm to 390mm), a 10 per cent increase in downforce and, would you believe it, even an improvement in economy and CO2 emissions.

What does this all add up to? Nissan is not saying, at least for now. However, it’s fair to think that a tenth or two may have been felled from its claimed 3.6sec 0-60mph time and its top speed will now be nearer 200mph than 190mph.

As for the Nürburgring lap time by which Nissan sets so much store, its team was going to have a crack the day I drove the car, but the weather precluded the attempt.

Instead, I slithered around the Nordschleife and discovered the extra outright punch to be less significant than the apparent broadening of the torque band. There are, of course, no figures available for this, but the GT-R always felt better one gear higher than first seems natural.

But I’d say the bigger change affects the chassis, which seemed uncannily stable, albeit quite keen to push its nose wide of the apex in what were farcically slippery conditions on the track.

Should I buy one?

Well, the big shock seems to be how much Nissan is going to be charging. Just one version is likely to be sold in the UK, priced at over £70,000, which could easily mean a 10 grand price hike.

And while the GT-R is clearly and comprehensively improved, perhaps more even than this could have been expected for that kind of premium.

Nissan GT-R 3.8 V6

Price: £70,000 (est); Top speed: 196mph; 0-62mph: 3.5sec (est); Economy: 23.5mpg (combined); CO2: 279g/km; Kerb weight: na; Engine: V6, 3799cc, twin-turbo, petrol; Power: 523bhp at 6400rpm (est); 442lb ft at 3200rpm (est); Gearbox: 6-spd dual-clutch auto

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13 October 2010

[quote Ryan Bane]

shouldnt a price hike be expected given the weakness of the pound/euro vs the yen?

even at closer to 70k, will still massively undercut anything with similar performance.

[/quote]

Indeed. You look at its rivals and you'll find that a Gallardo, 458, SLS, 911 Turbo, R8 V10 and Aston V12 Vantage are all well over £100k. However, regardless of the GTR's excellence there will be many punters who simply will not contemplate the thought of spending £20k on a car with a Nisaan badge on, yet alone £70k. If it merely had a 3-pointer star on, for example, with no other changes, then different story.

13 October 2010

Anyone concerned about the badge I advise you not to buy the GT-R because you are unworthy of such a fantastic car. Greatest car of all time. Simple as that.

13 October 2010

how true is that!?

the fact it has this performance, price, and has a nissan badge will make it far more collectable than the other eurotrash.

Myk

13 October 2010

A £10k price hike might look steep, but it's easy to forget what an absolute performance bargain this car was, and still is. I see loads of them about so there are a lot of people who clearly aren't badge snobs and know a great car when they see it.

13 October 2010

I paid £57 K - ish for my Ultimate Silver Black Edition with Sat-Nav last Sept as V.A.T. was only 15% at the time - there has been a price rise and a V.A.T. rise since then and Ultimate Silver is now £1400 extra ... and don't forget V.A.T. will be 20% by the time these appear on sale in the UK.

£70 K is still amazing value for an incredible car.

13 October 2010

[quote Lanehogger]

[quote Ryan Bane]

shouldnt a price hike be expected given the weakness of the pound/euro vs the yen?

even at closer to 70k, will still massively undercut anything with similar performance.

[/quote]

Indeed. You look at its rivals and you'll find that a Gallardo, 458, SLS, 911 Turbo, R8 V10 and Aston V12 Vantage are all well over £100k. However, regardless of the GTR's excellence there will be many punters who simply will not contemplate the thought of spending £20k on a car with a Nisaan badge on, yet alone £70k. If it merely had a 3-pointer star on, for example, with no other changes, then different story.

[/quote]

Why would anyone buy a 911? just for the name PORSCHE? When in fact Nissan handed them a plate of embarrassment in price and performance! If the name is what scares people then let them part with the extra cash to a car manufacturer that is laughing all the way to the bank... i.e Ferrari, Porsche, Lambo, Merc, Aston!

14 October 2010

[quote Ryan Bane]

will be interesting to see what the setup for launch control is (and associated warranty policy).

[/quote]

According to evo launch control now doesn't affect warranty. They've also driven it on the road and in the dry and suggested it's grown from a mega evo type of drive to something more like a 599, so maybe 70k is a real bargain after all!

jer

14 October 2010

It might be justified but I liked it better when it was an attainable unadulterated 57k bargain. 70k sounds a lot more.

14 October 2010

[quote nmmg2]According to evo launch control now doesn't affect warranty. They've also driven it on the road and in the dry and suggested it's grown from a mega evo type of drive to something more like a 599, so maybe 70k is a real bargain after all![/quote]

If the launch control doesn't affect warranty anymore, I would assume this is a better-built car with a more capable gearbox. That would make the price hike pretty justifiable in itself, because component durability has been one of the very few weak links in the GT-R's armour.

jer

15 October 2010

[quote 38carssofar]I paid £57 K - ish for my Ultimate Silver Black Edition with Sat-Nav last Sept as V.A.T.[/quote]

Mind if I ask how much do these cost to run. Is it supercar silly (e.g. Aston, Italian stallion/bull) or mainstream. Tyres, servicing etc?

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