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FIRST DRIVE: TopCar editor Calvin Fisher takes the 2017 Nissan GT-R for spin near Hartebeespoort Dam. Image: Calvin Fisher

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A lap of Germany's famous Nurburgring ended in disaster for this driver who lost control of a Nissan GT-R R34. If you're fan of the legendary supercar you might want to brace yourself...

Calvin Fisher

Johannesburg - First off the bat, it’s gotten posh in here hasn’t it?

All Nappa leather, a restyled cabin overall with a dashboard that’s been lowered by 30mm so that you can see over that long bonnet.

And that’s important in a car that’s grown 60mm in length.

Gallery: 2017 Nissan GT-R

To further help there are now PDC sensors so parking doesn’t have to be an anxiety-filled event.

This GT-R is the easiest GT-R to live with as a result, comfier too thanks to a buttery smooth Comfort suspension setting and there’s even some gentlemanly refinement courtesy of butterfly valves in the engage that keep things muted under 2800rpm.

And with a price tag of R2-million, every aspect of the new Nissan GT-R needs to be epic.

The Race setting...

There’s also a Race (R) setting of course, for suspension as well as drivetrain and traction control.

I spent much of the day in full R and R and R mode carving up the roads to Hartbeespoort Dam where the car’s performance credentials still shine through.

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I refer to the 408kW and 632Nm that lives under that bright orange bonnet, enabling it with a zero-to-hundred sprint under 3 seconds and a top end of 315km/h. A GT then, as in grand tourer, but let’s not forget the R to complete that iconic nomenclature.

It builds on the success of its predecessor with new technology, design enhancements and proper performance. This is the best one yet. 

Read Calvin’s full first drive of the super Nissan here.


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