Even standing still, Nissan’s mighty GT-R commands attention. We had no end of people taking shots of it.
But, it’s the driving experience that truly bares the GT-R’s soul and here Nissan’s halo car operates at a rarefied level inhabited by only supercars costing two and three times more.
All-wheel-drive, fat rubber, electronic ‘smarts’ and race car-like suspension enables the GT-R to unleash an avalanche of performance from its twin-turbo, 3.8-litre V6 and Araldite it to the bitumen.
It launches like a Saturn rocket (0-100km/h in a claimed, ballistic 2.7 seconds) and demolishes a twisty mountain road like few others. The Black Edition is top-of-the-range.
In keeping with the moniker, black with red highlighting features prominently throughout the interior, such as on the specially-commissioned Recaro front seats. And there’s a carbon fibre rear spoiler and metallic, black forged 20” lightweight alloys.
The GT-R has been called the all-conditions supercar, suitable for anyone, anywhere, any time, but we’re not convinced. Sure it has a usable boot, and the rear seat can fit two short passengers (read as primary school children), but the ride is uncompromising as an everyday drive – even with dampers set to the optional COMF (comfort) setting.
Take it to a track day, though, and you’ll be the proverbial fastest gun in the west.