Nissan GT-R review - The GT-R has never been more usable, yet it's still blisteringly fast - Design

Nine years after its launch the GT-R remains a sensationally fast, rewarding and exciting sports coupe.

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  • Enormous performance, engaging dynamics
  • Dated interior, cramped rear cabin

Design

The GT-R is far from subtle. Its big exterior makes it a very imposing road car, and while its four large tail pipes, big rear wing and gapping mouth exaggerate its size.

These physical proportions do make its ultimate performance seem even more remarkable; that something so large can move at such a rate is constantly surprising.

The 2017 GT-R has received a subtle facelift. It has rounded off and softened its look, which fits with the model’s more comfortable attitude. The styling changes aren’t just for aesthetics, though. Nissan aimed to improve the cooling by increasing vents and openings without increasing drag.

The GT-R Nismo features a much more aggressive aero package, with a large rear wing more pronounced shoulders over the front wings and deeper front splitter. Spotting the difference between the old GT-R Nismo and the new 2017 model isn’t easy, the biggest different is the arced front splitter that makes it look more like the GT3 car. 

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