An altered ‘comfort’ mode for the suspension brings more pliancy at speed – particularly for motorway driving – but don’t expect a wafty experience at any point. On a typical B-road the Nissan suffers from some noisy and severe crashing and rebounding, though this always feels a justifiable compromise given the GT-R’s nature even if some rivals offer a better-resolved ride for UK surfaces.
If there is any upgrade here that is truly useful in the UK it is the extra pointiness and more involving handling at low speeds that the improved rigidity has brought. It is still an endearingly blunt car in some respects, particularly the brutal power delivery, but adding a touch more immediacy at normal road speeds is something that will be welcomed by any enthusiast.
Adding a touch of finesse to the GT-R may be the equivalent of making a suede-coated knuckle-duster, but the changes only enhance what made it extraordinary in the first place. It is still monstrously and brilliantly unsubtle, and it still feels entirely a product of the electronic age. We wouldn’t want it any other way.
Should I buy one?
The only unwelcome element of the new car is its price hike. In 2010 Nissan will charge £59,645 for the base GT-R, but when this new model arrives in 2011 it will ask £69,950. Some may query whether there is five-figures worth of upgrades but given that the price includes a VAT increase, improved specification and a hefty power upgrade it’s easy to see why Nissan thinks it’s worth it.
To put it in perspective, anything offering similar performance is well into six figures, so it still looks like rude good value by comparison. Should you buy one? Ideally we should all buy two.
Nissan GT-R 3.8 V6 MY11
Price: £69,950; Top speed: 196mph (est); 0-62mph: 3.5sec (est); Economy: 23.5mpg; CO2: 279g/km; Kerb weight: 1750kg (est); Engine type: V6, 3799cc, twin-turbo, petrol; Power: 523bhp at 6400rpm; Torque: 451lb ft at 3200-6000rpm; Gearbox: 6-speed dual clutch auto
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