Instead of a Nissan Qashqai: a Nissan GT-R
The Qashqai routinely sells like proverbial hotcakes. Or like very non-proverbial track pants and sourdough starter kits during COVID. And there are many things that recommend it as a new car purchase. One; it is definitely a car. We checked. Two: it costs an amount of money that doesn’t seem to be too difficult for new car buyers to come across, given how well it sells.
But it’s hardly the most interesting thing that Nissan does. The closest facsimile of interest looks to be the 160bhp Tekna variant, which has a manual gearbox, a petrol engine and front-wheel drive. This would be a heady combination in something like a Peugeot 205 GTI, but it’s not going to blow anyone’s hair back in an SUV. And then we arrive at the price for this hair-staying-resolutely-where-it-is performance: more than £30,000.
Luckily, £30,000 is just enough to find yourself strapped into something from the same brand, but a clearly very different stable: the GT-R. Hand-built under hermetically sealed conditions with precision usually reserved for ocular surgery, it’s pretty much the trope of Japanese-ness distilled into a road-going supercar.
We found a 2009 GT-R with 60,000 miles for 30 grand, it’s Litchfield-tuned 3.8-litre, twin-turbo V6 pumping out 600bhp. And, being the generally excellent mathematicians that we are, we’ve ascertained that 600 is a good deal more than 160. And we know that power isn’t everything. Good god, do we know. So let’s leave you with an often overlooked factoid: the wheels on the GT-R have special beads to stop the tyres coming off the rim, because the GT-R can corner that hard. The Qashqai probably doesn’t have that.