Ever since the current Nissan GT-R appeared back in 2007, it has undergone a meticulous development process each year aimed at making it faster and more capable than before. This latest version for 2017 it will be tested and will be doing a let more powerful machine.Its 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 now develops 562bhp (20bhp more than last year’s car), while the reshaped front end and bumper design have been added to improve cooling and aerodynamic efficiency, and therefore speed, too.However, these aren’t the big changes that Nissan want you to focus on. What it wants you to think – despite the power hike – is less about performance and more about practicality. The updated GT-R has been developed specifically to be easier to live with day to day.Climb in, and immediately you notice that it is now a far nicer place to sit. Softer leather has been added the dash and steering wheel, while a new infotainment system and redesigned centre console reduce the number of buttons in the cabin. Nissan has also been at work refining the six-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox to deliver smoother shifts at slower speeds, while acoustic glass and extra sound deadening have also been added to keep things hushed at higher speeds, improving its long distance cruising credentials.Within the first 20 yards, the improvements made to the transmission are what you notice first. The transition between first and second gear is far smoother, delivered without the thump in the back that accompanied the previous model. It makes low speed manoeuvres and town driving less of a chore.The slightly softer side of the new GT-R hasn’t done anything to upset performance, though. Nissan doesn’t give an 0-62mph figure due to an agreement between other Japanese manufacturers, but an official estimate of 2.8 seconds feels entirely believable, despite how outlandish that claim sounds.The powertrain may not been the slickest or most polished in the business, but there’s no questioning its effectiveness. The four-wheel drive system plays a vital role, harnessing all of the GT-R’s brute force allowing you to slingshot away from a standstill.You’re not so aware of the GT-R’s hefty 1,752kg kerbweight in a straight-line, but fast corners or rapid changes in direction show its portly side. Having said that, the steering is light and fast, which helps to add a great sense of agility. The four-wheel drive system serves up vice-like grip allowing you to carry huge speed through corners, too.Sharp lines contribute to greater aerodynamics and achievement of the desired speed.