Although it looks largely unchanged, Nissan’s latest version of the GT-R offers improved response, better stability and sharper handling with which to humble the world’s fastest supercars.
The latest car doesn’t offer any more power - that was already upped to 550PS for the 2012 model year - but it does have improved response in both the mid and upper-rpm rev ranges, increased body rigidity and features changes to the dampers, springs and front anti-roll bar.
As a result, this improved GT-R is more responsive, has better high-speed stability and a more refined ride. The 0-62mph time has dropped to 2.7 seconds (from 2.8 seconds for the previous version) while the car is even faster around the classic Nrburgring Nordscliefe, lapping the famous German circuit in 7min 19.1 seconds when undergoing testing.
The reasons why are all down to detail. Under the bonnet, new high-output injectors more concisely control fuel injection to improve mid-range and high-rpm response. Plus a new relief valve for the turbocharger bypass suppresses the rapid decrease of forced injection pressure, again helping to sustain response.
There will be those who decry the Nissan as a one-trick pony, a vehicle that can shine on a lap of the Nrburgring but which possesses an otherwise narrow band of talent. The latest GT-R broadens its appeal somewhat - albeit at a price - but those who doubt the Nissan are usually those who have never driven one. The GT-R is a complex, capable and charismatic car that just got a whole lot better. More power to it.
FACTS AT A GLANCE
CAR: Nissan GT-R
PRICES: from £75,000 - on the road [est]
INSURANCE GROUP: 50
CO2 EMISSIONS: 270g/km [est]
PERFORMANCE: 0-60mph 2.7s / top speed 199mph
FUEL CONSUMPTION: (combined) 24.0mpg
STANDARD SAFETY FEATURES: ESP, ABS, twin front and side airbags
WILL IT FIT IN YOUR GARAGE?: length/width/heightmm 4670/1895/1370.