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.