Nissan GT-R: Icon buyer, CAR+, October 2015

Published: 16 September 2015

The bargain of the century just got better
Ballistic Nissan GT-R now Volvo XC60 money
Supercar beating performance for £35k

> Nissan kept us waiting for six years but the GT-R was worth it. With eyeball-flattening pace, needle-sharp dynamics and four seats, it’s a truly multi-faceted supercar. To reinforce its pedigree, factory driver Toshio Suzuki did a 7:29 ’Ring lap time. And it cost just £56,795 new… 

> The GT-R looks like a clenched fist, the cockpit wouldn’t look out of place in a jet fighter and it bristles with tech. The 3799cc V6, fed by twin IHI blowers, delivers 473bhp at 6400rpm and 432lb ft of torque that sledgehammers in at 3200rpm.

> The all-wheel-drive system uses electronics and hydraulic clutches to shift all that grunt to the right tyres at the right time. And the double-clutch transmission machine-guns its way through cogs quicker than your fingers can tap the paddles.

> It’s a 1740kg four-seater coupe with the agility of an Elise and the pace of a Ferrari. Tempting enough, but it’s yours for as little as £35k – and that’s for a meticulously maintained R35B Premium and Black Edition. Beyond tempting.

One we found: 2009 GT-R Premium, 35,000 miles, titanium grey, one owner from new, £34,990 

By Ben Whitworth

Contributing editor, sartorial over-achiever, HANS device shirt collars