My first experience of the Nissan GTR was way back in 2008 when it featured on Top Gear in a race across Japan against the Bullet Train. Naturally Jeremy was competing in the Nissan GTR, and on first glance I thought the car looked, well, average. I was told that the 3.8L twin-turbo charged V6 did in fact make the car very un-average, and that each gear box was tailored to work with each individual engine. Interesting. But are you telling me that the company who makes the Nissan Micra (my second most hated car ever) has attempted to make a supercar?! You had to be kidding me. But oh how wrong I was. I remember watching Jeremy charge up the mountain road in a close battle with James and Richard. It looked majestic. At the time it had also broken the record for fastest production car around the Nürburgring, with 7:29 and an average speed of 103.6 mph. Needless to say I had high expectations as I waited eagerly for my turn.
And it did not disappoint. Not one bit. With 522 bhp it’s one of the fastest cars I’ve driven, but it’s also one of the easiest. The computer works hard leaving you to focus on having fun! It gives you a lot of confidence to drive fast yet still be in control. The acceleration is incredible, it handles well in the bends allowing you to carry your speed through, and the brakes are ridiculously good. You can do 0 – 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, and there is very minimal turbo lag. Not bad. Not bad at all.
It seemed like it could handle anything. Who cares if you’re not fully straightened up before you apply full power, it’s 4WD system lets you get away with it. You can push it too far though as I found out. After a perfect first lap I told myself “I got this!” I got so excited, gave it way too much power and approached the next corner way too fast, missed the apex, and was heading towards the edge of the track. Still, I refused to brake and managed to make it round. Getting closer to the limit made it even more exciting!
I have to say the GTR was so much more fun than the R8. It seemed faster, more responsive and just generally more fun to drive. I couldn’t stop smiling all the way round. It’s styling may not appeal to all, but I would LOVE to own this car one day, or at least something that makes me this happy!
Watch how I got on in the GTR here:
If you are thinking about going on a driving experience day I would definitely recommend driving the GTR, it will surprise you for sure.
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