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
It strikes me that Kazutoshi Mizuno, chief engineer of the Nissan GT-R is a man with too much time on his hands. Can he not leave his creation alone? Every year he fiddles, so, for 2012, we have more power, enhanced transmission, extra body stiffening around the front bulkhead and asymmetric suspension: different settings either side designed to cope with the extra weight on the driver's side of right-hand drive cars. The man's clearly got GT-R OCD.
And his work rate is frightening. Model year changes usually extend to a reprofiled column stalk, but he's clearly been through every grommet until he was happy. And he'll probably do the same again next year. Meanwhile, it's taken Porsche seven years to transform the 997-generation into the 991, but they must have been busy, because at no stage did anyone realise the number sequencing didn't work.