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The Top Gear car review:Nissan GT-R

Overall verdict
The cheapest way into this kind of speed you can find. Awe-inspiring in many ways and a living legend to boot.


Bonkers velocity, practicality, price


Shockingly firm ride, so-so interior


What is it?

The fastest car down an unknown road. Which sounds like the title of a concept album, but is nevertheless true. The R35 Nissan GT-R is Nissan’s finest hour, and almost makes up for the Micra. A four-seater two-door with a decent boot and four-wheel drive that’s mightily rear-biased. Bolt that to a suite of electronic cleverness that’ll boggle whatever’s left of your mind, and you’ve got a legend that reliably minces cars twice the price.

The engine is a 3.8-litre V6 (VR38DETT, if you want to get technical), punting out 550bhp and 466lb ft of torque. It’ll do over 193mph, but more than that, use the ‘R-Start’ launch control, and you can get 0–62mph acceleration times below three seconds, run after run. That’s not a car, that’s a missile. But it’s not enough for Nissan: it’s to get Nismo branding and become even faster. Like, wow.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
3.8 Prestige 2dr Auto
300g/km 23.9 570 £83,870
The cheapest
3.8 [550] Recaro 2dr Auto
2.7s 275g/km 23.9 550 £76,875
The greenest
3.8 [550] Recaro 2dr Auto
2.7s 275g/km 23.9 550 £76,875
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