Corvettes and Vipers and 911s and Veyrons have instantly identifiable shapes. The Nissan GT-R doesn't lack for a possessing style, but it doesn't quite live up to those iconic outlines, either.
The GT-R can seem a car built in halves--part extreme tuner car, part exotic. In profile it's a more ordinary coupe, clad with some boisterous fender flares, deeply scooped air intakes, and a comically large rear wing. From the front, it's more luxury car wrapped in anime armor. Neither as instantly familiar as the Porsche, or as lurid as any Italian, the GT-R has its finer points: the roofline chops into the rear end like a tomahawk, and the circular taillamps are an easy marker, now even more so that the 'Vette isn't using them anymore. It's attention-getting, no doubt, but it's more a digital-age shout-out than a quintessential, timeless take.