So the biggest update yet to the R35 GT-R has failed to make it meaningfully quicker and maintain a once well-earned reputation for giant-killing. So what?

The one thing this car didn’t need was extra pace. The only true rival at its price point capable of a sub-4.0sec 0-60mph time is Porsche’s 911 Carrera 4S PDK, and even that car is a way off the Nissan’s gutsy level.

Back in contention but too one-dimensional to suit true sporting tastes

However long in the tooth it has become, Godzilla is in rude health. If speed is what you want, nothing does it better below £100k.

But then speed probably isn’t all you want in a modern sports car. Nissan knows this.

It has tried to make the GT-R a more rounded, luxurious and mature axe-wielding mentalist of a device – and it has made a difference, albeit not a big one.

It has put manners on the GT-R while leaving more than enough traces of the former monster with which to bond.

Delicacy isn’t this car’s forte any more now than it was before but, compared with the increasingly digital-feeling cars launched around and about it, the GT-R offers more charm than ever.

It therefore enters our top five in fourth place ahead of the Lotus Evora Sport 410, but behind the Aston Martin V8 Vantage S, the Jaguar F-Type R and the formidable Porsche 911 Carrera 4S.

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