Remember Christmas? I know, it was literally months ago now, wasn’t it? I got to spend the festive period with a Nissan GT-R, and this got me thinking. It’s a car we know inside out, but only in one way: we know it for its speed, it’s tuneability, it’s ability to transcend physics.
So I thought I’d spend my time with the latest 2017 GT-R – the very same car that appeared in Chris Harris’s latest film – trying to uncover new aspects of it. Like what happens if you ruin the aero by wrapping tinsel around the rear wing. Or make the first recorded use of the drivetrain’s eco mode.
But before I go getting stuck into the oddities of GT-R usage, I want to make a point. Remember when the R35 GT-R was launched almost ten years ago and everyone criticised it saying it was digital, emotionless and did everything for you? Well, they were wrong then, and they’re even wronger now. I think there’s an argument that the GT-R (4WD, turbocharged, double clutch gearbox) was the car that forged the path others have followed. It’s not that the GT-R was a pioneer in any one area, but that its capabilities forced others to follow suit so their more expensive cars wouldn’t be slower.
Now these cars (Audi R8, 911 Turbo, McLaren 570S, Ferrari 488 et al) feature much of the same technology, and for the most part it’s been even more smoothly integrated. As I was driving about in the GT-R, I came to realise that, far from being a digital, binary machine, it’s now amongst the most mechanical, feelsome sports cars out there. I hadn’t expected that and I enjoyed the discovery.
But without further ado, here’s what your GT-R can do if you’re not fully focused on giving it 1,000bhp.