Metamorphosis, it would seem, continues to be the constant when it comes to Nissan’s GT-R. Since its launch internationally in 2007 (2009 locally), the model has received incremental updates. Usually at annual intervals, the tweaks meant the model was constantly being improved to keep up with newer entrants. From the onset, one of the R35 GT-R’s design provisos was to offer a vehicle that would depose some seriously potent sports cars, the Porsche 911 Turbo being a case in point, although at a significantly lower price. It is rumoured that Nissan bought its own 911 Turbo against which to benchmark the GT-R’s performance. The GT-R’s success means the vehicle has featured in many a performance shootout and has always been regarded as a relative bargain. However, it lacked the overall refinement of its competitors in that the spool-up of the turbos was so audible it sounded like a heavily modified car. The chitty-chatter of the transmission as it swapped cogs was a given and road and w...

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