2014 Nissan GT-R Styling

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Styling

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.

Distinctive but not truly exotic-looking, the Nissan GT-R deserves another turn on the styling table.
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. It looks cobbled-together and well below what the current Corvette musters, and well below the fully loaded, leather-lined 911--but when it's fitted with the new Premium Interior package, it's much more in keeping with Infiniti levels of luxury. The Black Edition earns kudos, too: it also adds a special black and red interior, with Recaro seats, plus light-weight black wheels.


 

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