It's nice having a Nissan Gt R
waiting in your driveway each morning. I kept our long-termer for a full week -- commuting, running to the store, driving my daughter to school, blowing out the cobwebs with some spirited dashes on my favorite civilian Nürburgrings (daughter parked at home). Even if the only thing on the immediate agenda is your drive to work, you know it's going to be out of the ordinary. Godzilla wouldn't have it any other way.
What I noticed right away is how well our family Godzilla has held up. The odo is nearing 30,000 miles now, and most of those have been clocked with the twin turbos whirling in fury. The NISSAN GT R
hasn't complained. It starts easily, idles smoothly, doesn't creak or rattle. There's a bit of hiccup now in the dual-clutch tranny when pulling away from stops, but it's not serious.
The NISSAN GT R
is a relentlessly insistent car. Few others I've driven seem so eager at all times to go fast. It's simply blinding out of the gate (aided, of course, by AWD), and the combo of its high-pressure six and rifle-shot shifter create withering, all but foolproof sprints. Most drivers seem to know this. You'll notice hot cars pulling up for an admiring look, but they tread lightly. No one wants to risk getting bitten by Godzilla.
Yet perhaps the greatest achievement of the NISSAN GT R
is this: It doesn't have to be driven hard to be appealing. It'll roll around town running errands without embarrassing you by throwing a Supercar Hissy Fit. As low-maintenance as a Sentra, in other words. If you're traveling, the NISSAN GT R
will eat miles at speeds that would leave most cars breathless -- but it won't seem dramatic. You'll feel only relaxed, enjoying Bose audio and guided by sat nav. Now check that speedo again. Can that really be right?
2010 Nissan Gt R
Months/miles in service 13/28,758 Avg econ/CO2 16.8 mpg/1.15 lb/mi Unresolved problems None Maintenance cost $2865.75 (5 - inspection, 4 - oil change, 2 - replace cabin air filter, four-wheel alignment, replace auto trans fluid, differential fluid, engine air filter, engine coolant) Normal-wear cost $1650 (replace tires)