The Nissan GT-R has been on offer in its home market of Japan for decades, and its home-crowd appeal plays a role in its styling, which while attention-getting might not be its strongest point to American eyes.
At first look, the GT-R impresses as part exotic, part extreme tuner car. To some it will look a little too much like a touring coupe retrofitted with visually assaulting bodywork. It can seem both a little too boisterous and cartoonish, though the big fender flares, deep-set air intakes, and big rear wing will instantly grab the fanbois.
It's attention-getting, no doubt, but it's more a digital-age shout-out; and neither as seductive as the Italians nor as instantly familiar as the 911. The tail is probably its best styling attribute, as the roofline chops down into the rear end like a tomahawk, and it's easy to pick out the circular taillamps from a distance. For 2013, the limited-production GT-R Black Edition gets a special handmade carbon-fiber 'weave' material for the rear spoiler.
You won't find much in common with other current Nissan models inside the GT-R, where there's a definite cockpit feel, including center-stack controls angled toward the driver and heavily bolstered seats. We'd rank fit and finish low--it looks cobbled-together and well below what the current Corvette musters, and well below the fully loaded, leather-lined 911. The Black Edition may earn you some compliments, though; it also adds a special black and red interior, with Recaro seats, plus light-weight black wheels.