Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The GT-R’s driving experience has always come with a few rough edges – it’s certainly a long way from being a civilised grand tourer. A big part of Nissan’s effort, as part of the car’s last revision, went towards better cruising manners and a smoother ride. The tyres still kick up a lot of road noise, though, and the town ride isn’t as good as the car’s competitors. The six-speed twin-clutch automatic gearbox can also snatch and clunk at low speeds.
The V6 engine doesn’t sound as sweet as a Jaguar V8 or a Porsche flat six, but there is plenty of drama about its power delivery. Peak horsepower is now 562bhp, and acceleration is huge: we’ve tested the car taking just 3.4sec to hit 60mph from rest. That gearbox isn’t always as quick to shift as it might be, either. However, above 4000rpm and at full stride, the car piles on speed with an entirely uncompromised urgency that only the very quickest cars on the road can exceed.
The GT-R’s hydraulic power steering makes for plenty of weight and feedback from the car’s helm, while sensible pace to the steering rack makes it easy to place on the road. You can tackle B-roads with confidence and composure, even if the handling isn’t as sweetly balanced or delicate as that of a Porsche 911, Jaguar F-Type or Lotus Evora. The GT-R is secure and fast, but it suffers more body lean than its rivals, and it can be unforgiving as you run out of grip.