The entry-level Pure version starts at less than £80,000 – around the same money as a 911 Carrera or a Jaguar F-Type R.

In that form, the GT-R is still one of the most dependable routes to bang-for-your-buck speed.

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

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Cult-like status and a lower starting price help the GT-R’s residuals to stay firmer than the 911’s and F-Type R’s

The walk-up between the three conventional trim grades is very modest (the Recaro is £2k more, the Prestige £2.5k) and that’s because the difference is limited to seats and upholstery.

Beyond that, there is a noticeable bump: the Track Edition, replete with exclusive alloy wheels, breathed-on suspension and a carbonfibre rear spoiler, is £91,995 – roughly equivalent to the amount you’d pay for a 911 Carrera 4S.

The full-blooded GT-R Nismo, furnished with 592bhp and a bucketload of carbonfibre inside and out, is £149,995 – proper supercar money.

We would personally opt for the Recaro model over the others, especially the Nismo-tweaked GT-Rs which could ostensibly struggle to justify their inflated price tags.

By the standards of its segment, the GT-R is expensive to run. Nissan claims 23.9mpg combined, a far cry from the 31.0mpg quoted by Porsche for the even more powerful 911 Turbo S.

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We recorded a 21.6mpg test average, which is at least broadly consistent with that claim, but the GT-R’s 7.3mpg on-track economy is a reminder of just how rapaciously old school the 3.8-litre V6’s thirst can be.

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