Despite the unique results of the current GT-R, the formula has had a long life with Nissan--outside the U.S. Japanese-market Skyline sports cars upgraded with monstrously powerful turbocharged engines and all-wheel drive have been around for decades.
But the newest, largest GT-R is a monster even among monsters, though its styling, while digital-age aggressive, isn't as flamboyant as the Italian or even American hardware it competes against. Conservative in some respects, while daring in others, the GT-R does manage to cut an instantly recognizable profile.
The flared-out, reaching front end and rakish roofline cuts into the rear end with tomahawk clarity, with a prominent rear wing and abruptly abbreviated rear end, marked with quad rear circular lights.
Inside, the GT-R looks quite different than other current Nissan products in the United States, with a definite cockpit feel, including center-stack controls angled toward the driver and rather narrow, heavily bolstered seats.