Fast and, yes, quite furious. Performance comes no easier, yet it’s possible to be left a little cold by the Nissan GT-R at first. It doesn’t feel special to sit in – the cabin may be packed with technology, but it feels more like a brilliantly-specced Nissan than a bespoke supercar.

It’s also hard, harsh, loud and clinical in the way it goes about things – it’s a car that wants to be driven fast and nags at you if you try to do anything but. We’d go so far as to say that it can be a little annoying at times. On a 20-minute test drive it may not worm its way into a potential buyer’s affections – unless you get it out on a track.

There are hidden depths to its brutish, frill-free performance

Partly that’s because of the efficiency and effortlessness of its performance. It goes at the dry-weather pace of a Ferrari 430 Scuderia or Porsche 911 GT2 with nonchalant ease, yet at a fraction of the cost.

Its engine is as smooth at 6000rpm as it is at 2000 and its gearbox shifts with totally undramatic efficiency – it’s a car that’ll flatter and reward, depending on your levels of skill. 

The longer you spend with the GT-R, the more you uncover new movements in its dynamic repertoire and the more visceral, thrilling and alive with feedback and response it seems. There are hidden depths to its brutish, frill-free performance.

The longer you have it, the more you want it.

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