2009 Nissan GT-R

Sitting in the GT-R, I agree with some staffers that it feels kind of cold, but its not an interior that is meant to be visually entertaining. A lot of black plastic surrounds the gauges, and the dash layout almost feels like that of an old . There isn’t much sound deadening material packed into the car either. But whoever buys a GT-R will need to focus on the road, not cabin quality.

Driving the car at posted speed limits doesn’t reveal the GT-R as anything special. Actually, I can think of a number of BMWs and Porsches that may look and sound better in daytime traffic. Then again, when a GT-R driver makes the twin-turbo V-6 come alive, the car feels almost limitless. Yes, there are plenty of electronic gizmos that will help pull the car back from the edge if you drive beyond your means, but this can be a good thing (I’m sure many in Southern California won’t mind electronics assisting their road techniques, as this may preserve more GT-Rs for the used car lot, Autotrader, and eBay).

As for exterior design, my feelings are mixed. It’s distinctive enough that people know the car is something different, but nothing too different. Just driving by my apartment complex, the maintenance guy (who drives a rusted-through Dodge Ram) ran out to the middle of the road to ask me if it was the new Nissan Z and if it had a V-8 (he says he was asking for “a friend”). Vehicles that make non-car guys ask questions really are special, no matter if it has too many electronics, questionable styling, or a vanilla interior.

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