Best Sporting Car
BEST SPORTING CAR: Nissan GT-R
Every so often, a new car comes along which is so far ahead of everything else that’s gone before, it sends shockwaves through the market. That’s what happened with the Nissan GT-R this year. It’s so good, it offers more than many models costing twice the price.
When we tested the first official Nissan import in Issue 1,019, we were blown away by its performance. Not only is its straight-line pace staggering, but the technology employed to get the 473bhp power output on to the tarmac makes it safe, fun and more adjustable than anything else around. And as well as being one of the fastest road cars on the planet available for less than £53,000, the GT-R is one of the quickest under £100,000.
As with great Japanese hyper-performance models of the past, the Nissan is practical, too. The four-seater cabin is comfortable and reasonably spacious, while the boot is huge for this class. With all its electronic aids turned on, it’s not particularly intimidating, either.
The one and only attribute the GT-R lacks is true supercar style – but it makes up for this with pure aggression. Order books are open now, and deposits are flooding in for the model that has put Nissan back on the performance map. The Japanese firm hasn’t only lived up to the GT-R legend, it’s moved the famous badge on to the next level.
In this review
- 1IntroductionThe best new cars on sale in the UK over the last 12 months are revealed.
- 2Car of the YearJaguar XF
- 3Best Design of the YearAlfa Romeo 8C Competizione
- 4Best ConvertibleMazda MX-5 RC
- 5Best CoupeAudi TT
- 6Best Sporting Car - currently readingNissan GT-R
- 7Best Hot HatchMINI John Cooper Works
- 8Best MPVFord S-Max
- 9Best Estate CarFord Mondeo
- 10Best Premium SUVLand Rover Discovery