The Nissan GT-R NISMO is not a car for the faint of heart, nor is it one that can be described as cheap. It costs the very thick end of £150,000 and yet it wears the same badge as a humble Micra. It is, you can’t help but therefore assume, a car that the common man will struggle and fail to get his head around.
Even if you DO know what you’re doing, it’ll still frighten the life out of you…
But… to the wealthy enthusiast the GT-R NISMO is unique. Actually that’s not strictly correct because Nissan will sell 24 such cars in Europe over the next couple of years, but this will still ensure that the NISMO is 38 times more exclusive than a Porsche 918 Spyder. You are more likely to see a hen at the dentist than you are a GT-R NISMO rumbling along your local high street, and this alone ensures it of some kind of legendary status.
And to drive it does not disappoint. The ride quality is pretty much non-existent, the steering wheel shimmies around constantly in your hands on anything other than a billiard table-smooth road surface, and the brakes creak from time to time under light loads. But take the NISMO by the scruff, throw it towards some corners and hold on tight and…this car delivers a raw, pure, base level of driver appeal that is rare indeed in this era of increasing sanitised, safe fast cars. It has an edge to its demeanour that might well scare some drivers away. Despite its highly intelligent four wheel drive the NISMO wants to get away from you – and quickly – if you do the wrong thing with it at the wrong moment.
But get it right in the NISMO, drop into a rhythm with it, use its massive performance and instant turn in response, and there is real wide-eyed entertainment to be had in this car. Make sure you know what you’re doing first though, because it’ll chew you up and spit you out in a heartbeat otherwise. And even if you DO know what you’re doing it’ll still frighten the life out of you sometimes. Like I say, not a car for the faint of heart.