The interiors of Nissan GT-Rs of the past have always been a somewhat secondary consideration. The same applies to this version to a certain extent, but there’s a sophistication to the modern GT-R’s cabin that was absent in earlier versions.
And even if the quality of the materials in this new car can’t match the best that European rivals have to offer, there is an endearing Japanese efficiency and even a degree of charm to the way the GT-R does things.
The bewildering array of screens and data readouts on the centre console are matched by a similar number of switches and buttons – they could only come from Japan, as, too, could the choice of metal-look plastic trim on the fascia and doors.
Nissan hasn’t pandered to European conventions, and the GT-R’s cabin is all the better for it. This isn’t a car that’s looking for the panache and lushness of something like a 911, it’s meant to be a technological tour-de-force and to that extent Nissan has done a good job with the cabin.
The GT-R’s front seats are spectacularly good, and although one of our testers suffered mild back ache after driving a considerable distance, it wasn’t a common complaint and is as likely to be induced by the ride as by the seats. The driving position itself is easily electrically adjusted, while the wheel – brilliantly sized and sculpted – adjusts amply for reach and rake.
This is a four-seater, but even Nissan admits the rear seats are best for kids, and when that happens you know you’re in for a squeeze. Head room is at a premium and rear leg room almost disappears if the driver’s seat is set comfortably for anyone over 6ft tall. The boot is big enough for two sets of golf clubs but the access hatch is small.