It’s almost as if Nissan hasn’t replaced it yet because it’s still waiting for the competition to catch up.
It makes more sense to review a car when it first comes out so that it can be properly digested before throwing it into the ring with competitors to see where it ranks, but this is more of a goodbye. A summation of the final chapter in the R35 Nissan GT-R story that saw it stun the world upon its release, rendering Ferraris and Porsches twice its price irrelevant, and holding its head high with blistering performance all the way until now. And then, nearly nine years after the first GT-R was delivered, we get this treat.
We’re not talking about the new hardware like softer dampers and a new interior that 2017 GT-Rs get. Nor are we making mention of the fact that the GT-R can pull off party tricks around the track that no car with the same age or mass should be able to complete.
No, this is a nod to Chris Harris and his talent as an automotive orator and test driver. It's his deep dive into the inner workings of the GT-R that will reignite your love of a car that's about to see its production line grind to a halt. He explains the GT-R’s philosophy and deconstructs how one must work with or against the R35’s electronics to get the desired result, almost as if there’s another being controlling the car that one must learn to coexist with. Tying all of those lessons together is where the going gets tough, because as an all-wheel drive machine with a mind of its own, pulling off the signature sideways shot is a feat that requires skill and practice. Let's be grateful Harris has both.