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

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