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

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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Evo_ermine 12 January 2011

Re: Nissan GT-R

p j t wrote:
I await replies

It was hard work reading your post due to lack of paragraphs.

p j t 12 January 2011

Re: Nissan GT-R

Just a further comment.The only other car I considered was a 911,but,have driven,and owned 4 over the last 30 years,(The early 911`s were terrible for corrosion.)I have virtually rebuilt a 1985 3.2 carrera,which in my opinion was the "enthusiasts 911" they were better made,But then with all the price hikes,a new one was out of reach.I will say after now driving my G T R FOR 10,000 miles,the quality of my red paint leaves a lot to be desired.The" bulk"of it seems less now,but cannot match the relative smaller mass of an early 85 carrera,which suits our " b "roads so much more.Why cant manufacturers build "SMALL" good handling sports coupes,I mean Lotus are at least trying,BUT I would like to know who in the last ,say 10 years,have bult a small 2+2 coupe,ground up,with " own knowledge/materials",NOT borowed engines etc.Mazda have tried,.V W have tried,What about a nice,scaled down version of a Jaguar XFR,although derived from the S type!.Something new please!!manufacturers!Which then says the cars built from the "ground up" are the 911.The Lotus Elan,Fantastic man Colin Chapman,but the car was too small.But nothing ground breaking has really happened,so we are back to GTR AGAIN!.I expect I will get a few people saying,"So what about this car and that car.I would like to hear their comments.!By the way I have owned two 350zs a vastly overated car,again too bulky,I await replies!!.

v4nnm 8 November 2010

Re: Nissan GT-R

I chose a 997 coupe over a GTR in February of this year, and am still glad I did - and I wasn't because of 'the badge'. It was because it's a fabulous drivers car that does everything well. Clearly you've never driven a 911, or you wouldn't make statements like that...