Our man gets the gen on the star of the Japanese show
24 October 2007

From Hilton Holloway in Tokyo

Undoubted star of the show, the Nissan GT-R’s unveiling prompted ranks of photographers to stake out a clear view on the Nissan stand hours before the car was unveiled.Nissan’s design boss Shiro Nakamura told Autocar that the GT-R was now on its 6th generation and had a "heritage and a history that reached around the world.""We wanted to express modern Japanese culture; this is not a design beauty, it is a challenging car with a design that is validated by performance and technology."One of the biggest surprises under the skin of the GT-R is the four-wheel drive transaxle layout, probably a first in the history of the automobile. The car’s six-speed double-clutch transmission is mounted on the back axle, driven by the V6 twin-turbo engine via a carbon-fibre propshaft. However, a second propshaft running from the transmission back to the front of the car is used to power the front wheels.

Our Verdict

Nissan GT-R

The Nissan GT-R is not a cheap car, but it’s better value for money than cars that are seemingly as fast

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Skoda-Karoq 2.0 TDI 4x4
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Diesel version of Skoda’s junior SUV is unobtrusive and undemanding, but we’d still go for the silkier petrol version of the Karoq
  • Audi Q7 e-tron
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Expensive and flawed but this understated diesel-electric Audi Q7 has a lot to offer
  • Citroën C3
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Is the third gen Citroën C3 ‘fresh and different’ enough to take on its supermini rivals? We spend six months with one to find out
  • BMW X3
    First Drive
    15 October 2017
    A satisfying rework of the X3 that usefully improves its handling, cabin finish, space and connectivity to make this BMW a class front-runner again
  • Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer
    First Drive
    13 October 2017
    Off-road estate is now bigger, more spacious and available with torque-vectoring all-wheel drive, but is it enough to make its German rivals anxious?