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Nissan GT-R Black Edition: Test Drive Review

Date: 18 December 2009   |   Author:

Category: Sports
P11D price: £58,940
Key rival: Porsche 911

OK, so it's not a core fleet model, but look at the number of Porsche 911s bought with company money and Nissan's new GT-R is plausible for the select few able to pick a car at this level.

At virtually £60,000 the GT-R is not cheap, but there's very little in the world at any price that can match a 3.5sec 0-62mph time or a 193mph top speed. It really feels that rapid, too, and the driving experience is mind-blowing. Granted, while some of the interior material is good quality, the cabin doesn't feel quite as well laid out as its rivals. But that's because the 185PS GT-R is basically built to excel at travelling quickly, and nods to anything else such as comfort or ease of use around town are compromises the engineers weren't willing to make.

The GT-R is probably the only Nissan that achieves a residual value of more 50% at 54.3%, but the 22.8mpg combined fuel economy figure and 6000-mile service intervals help drive up the cost per mile to a wallet-whimpering 123.2p. However, on the flip-side, it provides individuality because there won't be many around, it certainly feels special to drive and there's no danger of not being noticed.

Nissan GT-R Black Edition
P11D price£58,940
Model price range£58,100-£59,400
Fuel consumption22.8mpg
CO2 (tax) 298g/km (35%)
BIK 20/40% per month£344/£688
Service interval6000mls
Insurancegroup 20
Boot space315 litres
Engine size/power3799cc/485PS
Top speed/0-62mph193mph/3.5secs
On sale Summer 2009
VerdictMind-blowingly rapid, but it’s
not as refined or easy to live
with as more prestigious rivals


Mind-blowingly rapid, but it’s not as refined or easy to live with as more prestigious rivals