Nissan GT-R vs Porsche 911 vs Jaguar XKR-S
Sometimes, a car is too lairy and scary. Sometimes, it's too comfy and boring. But sometimes, it's just right...
Posted: 15 Jun 2012
The GT-R hates mornings the most. The engine chunters, the diffs hop, the gearbox is cantankerous. You might as well park up until it's warmed through and spend the time marvelling at how anyone can say the Nissan has no character.
The 911 farts around for the first few minutes making a noise exactly like you do if you put your bottom lip behind your top teeth and blow. Nothing particularly new there - the 3.8-litre flat-six in the Carrera S is the same capacity as before, only with an extra 15bhp. The chassis, though, well that's changed in two keys ways: Porsche has fitted electric steering (to save precisely 0.1 litres of fuel per 100km, or, expressed another way, about 14 pence per 100km), and the change of wheelbase and overall weight balance means the front-end bobble that used to characterise the 911 has gone. Completely.