The reputation, statistics and facts associated with the 2012 GTR lead you to expect a highly strung thoroughbred that will be unusable in the real world, but as we pull out of my driveway in comfort setting with all the race modes switched off the only evidence of this is a slightly snatchy throttle uptake. Such is the press coverage that you come to anticipate so much from this car but at normal urban driving speeds it really feels like a totally normal car. Sure when you give the throttle a squirt it gathers momentum at a fearsome pace but just as easily you can swan around without any stress or issues just like any saloon car.
However when we reach my personal test track and we turn on the race modes the 2012 GTR suddenly hunkers down and it’s whole persona changes, the throttle response and gear changes sharpen and the GTR starts to hint at what might be possible on a race track. The handling is sure footed and feels very compliant but maybe a little uncommunicative. The accusations of playstation driving experience aren’t even close to being accurate but it’s just so accomplished you have to really work at finding faults. The GTR just takes everything you can throw at it and copes without even batting an eyelid.
The trouble is on normal roads you just don’t have room to explore this car’s potential, the speed limit comes and goes with frightening rapidity and only the digital read out is at all usable.
The interior is solid and well made but the layout is somewhat busy and the short time I had with the car was nowhere enough to work out the myriad of controls and systems, but it seems to have just about every gizmo your heart could desire.
My verdict? My personal 2010 Audi R8 V10 Spyder currently parked in the GTspirit Garage will be going to make room for a 2012 Nissan GTR in Black with a Premium interior assuming the dealer and I can reach an agreement of course.
This is a good performing car which can outdo many other super cars at a very good price. Its like big things come in small package, 3.8l twin turbo v6 ~530 horses AWD DCT instead of the big fat v12 6.0l ones.
personal race track?
Your changing a R8 for a GTR?
I had both a 2009 GTR Cobb and R8 V8 Coupe in the garage last year.
The speed novelty does wear off with the GTR..and it ends up being quite a boring car with no occasion on the road…strange I know
They are not a keeper.
Now have a R8 V10 coupe..it fulfills every need.
@GTR, small package?!!! 4.67m length, 1.9m width and 1730kg weight. Where exactly did you see small package. You guys from PlayStation generation really have lost sense for reality. It’s not the engine that makes the GT-R that fast. It is the PlayStation staff.
Complete bullshit.What do you call playstation staff??Oh yeah , that’s right, there’s absolutely no electronics in a 458 Italia or mp4 12c…haters gonna hate.
@Mu, you are very, very moronish douchebag! Did I said something about 458 or the MP? Did I even slightly hinted that I hate GT-R? O yeah! I hate something! I hate stupid b******s like you who think they are the smartest ones. I said the car is big and guess what, it is a big car. I said the car is fast because of its electronics not because of its power and guess what, it is faster than many, much more powerful and lighter, less computerised cars, because of its sophisticated electronic!
When 2 weeks ago somebody said …. to me nobody censored his comment.
@Kris, new policy. Over the past weeks we have deleted all these words.
-“@Mu, you are very, very moronish douchebag!”
Then welcome to the club, mister president!!
-“Did I even slightly hinted that I hate GT-R?”
Yes you did dear.Calling a high end technological car “chassis” and electronics “playstation staff” is hating, no need to hide it.Would you call those in the mp4 (yes, this one again) playstation?Would you do the same for the 458?
-“I hate stupid b******s like you who think they are the smartest ones.”
Then you must hate yourself more than anything else, poor thing…Want me to buy you a rope and show you the closest bridge so you can end your miserable life?
-“I said the car is fast because of its electronics not because of its power and guess what, it is faster than many, much more powerful and lighter, less computerised cars, because of its sophisticated electronic!”
Ah!!Guess you’ve been at school and they told you to call things by their names…
Sure when you give the throttle a squirt it gathers momentum at a fearsome pace but just as easily you can swan around without any stress or issues just like any saloon car.