The Nissan GT-R has been around a while now – and we’re not just talking about the current R35 generation. Its family tree traces its way back five decades, to a time when dual-clutch paddleshift gearboxes, ATTESA-ETS all-wheel drive and even a Bluetooth connection would’ve been as credible as the contents of a sci-fi comic.
Fresh from the most recent of two facelifts, the current GT-R punches 562bhp from its bi-turbo 3.8-litre V6, but while it remains a sensationally fast coupe capable of bullying anything from a British country lane to the Nordschleife, it’s also gone ever so slightly softer on us.
Nissan’s worked to fine-tune the acoustics, removing some of the gnash and whirr of the transaxle powertrain, and dialling the ride down from ‘what did I ever do to you, car?’ harsh to merely ‘my, that’s firm’. It’s even been treated to an entirely new dashboard, so you can view your G-meter, lap times and gearbox oil temperature in a cabin that doesn’t look like the result of a shelving collapse in the hi-fi aisle in Curry’s.
Priced from a fiver under £80k, it’s tricky to brand the GT-R a bargain, especially when the R35 started life in the UK as a sub-£60k M3 rival, but even in the context of 2016’s supercar class you’re getting Porsche 911 Turbo S performance for Carrera money. A fitting follow-up, then, to the GT-Rs of time gone by, which also wore that particularly evocative name: Skyline. Here are the greatest hits, courtesy of Nissan’s immaculately preserved heritage examples.