PistonHeads Expert Opinion
The GT-R is the supercar done the Japanese way. There’s no exotically curvy bodywork, no highly-strung V10 and very few airs and graces. This is technology and engineering designed for a clear purpose: to make a car grip hard, go fast and generally eat supercars for breakfast.
The R35 version of the GT-R has been around since 2007 (though officially imported models didn’t make it into the UK until late 2008), and has kept pace with super-fast sports cars by constant revisions and updates. For example, its 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 began life with 480hp, which jumped to 530hp in 2011 and to 570hp in 2017.
Along the way, it’s gained a smoother ride, more high-quality interior fittings and various hardcore special editions. It’s also got an engine that’s ripe for tuning, so even more power is available – have a look to see that any modifications have been made by professional outfits, however.
But whichever GT-R you’re looking at, and however much power it happens to be kicking out, these four-wheel-drive techno-coupes are brutal, fast and deeply satisfying to drive. There really is nothing else out there quite like them.