2012 Nissan GT-R Styling

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Styling

The Nissan GT-R has been on offer in its home market of Japan for decades, but it's only a recent arrival in the U.S. Its home-crowd appeal is reflected in its styling, which doesn't hit any of the high points you'll see in cars that barely rival its performance--Ferraris, Lamborghinis, even Corvettes.

Its digital-age styling isn't falmboyant like the Italians, or monstrously familiar, like that of the 911 It's conservative, though big fender flares and a deep set of air intakes in front drill home to racing fanbois exactly what it's capable of. It's more recognizable from the side, where the roofline chops into the rear end like a tomahawk. A big rear wing caps an abbreviated tail; from the rear quarters, the circular taillamps give it at least one grabby styling cue to pick out.

The 2012 Nissan GT-R is much more exotic than its styling.

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 heavily bolstered seats. The fit and finish seems a little cobbled together, nowhere near the integrated look that even a Corvette can muster, and far down the fabulous scale from the likes of fully optioned, leather-lined 911s.

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