2016 Nissan GT-R Walk Around

The GT-R is probably the least distinctive of cars in its category. The Corvette, Porsche, Viper, Jaguar, NSX, even the Nissan 370Z all have an iconic shape. The GT-R looks like a generic powerful Japanese sports car, or even a kit car. Its jagged profile, especially where the roofline chops into the rear end, is intriguing but not iconic.

That’s not to say there’s no drama in the details. It flaunts fat fender flares, deep air scoops, and a humongous rear wing. But the unimaginative round taillights blow it.


Nissan has cut interior corners to keep the price down. Without the optional Premium interior package, the cabin looks inexpensive. With it, the level of luxury is about like an Infiniti.

The driver’s position and point of view is cockpit-like. The instrument panel is angled toward his or her seat, which is heavily bolstered and rather upright.

We wouldn’t call the GT-R loud inside, we would say it has a lot of aural mechanical charm, which might become less charming on a long road trip. When you change gears you can hear the clutch and transaxle, although it’s sometimes muffled by wind noise.

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