Okay, so maybe we’re jumping the gun a bit by calling the really-not-that-old-at-all Nissan GT-R a classic, but you’ll be a petrolhead that needs his petrolhead examined if you think that the GT-R supercar-smasher won’t be regarded as one of the all-time automotive greats, in the not too distant future.

Nissan GT-R Future Classic Feature

Look back through Nissan history and you’ll see that it’s widely agreed that anything with GT-R badge on it should be treated with reverence and, if you’re racing it, extreme caution. From the late 80s R32 Skyline GT-R – the first serious power GT-R with the now legendary 2.6-litre, twin-turbo, straight-6 ‘RB’ series engine – right through to the R33 GT-R and R34 GT-R, all running the same RB26 engine, and all now Japanese performance legends. The old Skyline GT-Rs were the techno wizards of their time with that thumping turbo powerplant and a clever torque splitting four-wheel drive system.

Nissan dropped the ‘Skyline’ badge for their current GT-R, the R35, and thanks to a five-year GT-R production gap and the usual GT-R engineers’ thirst for all things Porsche-beating, the new R35 GT-R bought an all-new V6 twin-turbo engine, quick-shift automatic gearbox and high tech launch control. Blistering 60mph assaults in just over 3 seconds were now possible. In 2007, the new R35 GT-R threw down the gauntlet to the old school supercars. It then picked that gauntlet back up again and slapped them around the face with it!

The Nissan GT-R - will it be a future classic?

Now look at this Imperials Black Edition GT-R, resplendent in Ultimate Silver metallic paint over blacked-out 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels. It’s the more exclusive Black Edition with special exterior and interior colourways and trims, but it’s still 100 per cent performance GT-R under those tasty extra bits and bobs. All for under £38k, with extremely low miles, premium Bose sound, heated full leather and Alcantara seats, Xenon power headlights, and more.

The R35 GT-R has been tested against supercar royalty time and time again, and more often than not comes out smugly on top, and that’s against cars that cost much more. The GT-R has always been the underdog in terms of price and Flash Harry build materials, but it always brings it’s a game in terms of grip-technology and turbocharged might. That’s why they call ’em Godzilla.

If you’re looking for a weapons-grade, near-200mph car with more bite than a pissed off pitbull and more poke than a Porsche, then this special edition, 480bhp Imperials GT-R is well worth your attention. Ultra-modern classics don’t come much more menacing than this.

Nissan GT-R

Rear view of the future classic Nissan GT-R

Wheel detail

Nissan GT-R steering wheel

Inside the Nissan GT- wider interior shot

Interior gadget view of the Nissan GT-R

Dashboard detail

Inside bucket seats of the Nissan GT-R

Under the bonnet of the Nissan GT-R

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By Dan Anslow 


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