Edmunds Inside Line First Drive - Ride in the 2012 Nissan GT-R

Inside Line had a chance to sample the 2012 Nissan GT-R at the hands of Dirk Schoysman. Dirk has been driving Nissan GT-R's, and plenty of other cars at the Nurburgring for a couple of years. 19,000 laps according to Dirk.

But underhood, the changes are myriad. Most tellingly the 3.8-liter V6 receives another slug of turbo boost, a less restricted air supply and revised valve timing to liberate a lot more horsepower. Nissan refuses to talk specifics yet and is only saying that the engine will have "at least 40 hp more" than the existing car.

Improvements to the interior include carbon fiber accents. This right hand drive car shown to the press is a Black Edition. You can see the red accents on the gear shift lever.

Red engine accent. They must have got the memo. "Red is faster."

New lighter wheels, 390 mm brake rotors, 10mm larger than the 09-11. They are running caliper temperature strips to monitor temperatures.

Past GT-Rs have come across as remote and almost aloof devices, keen to exclude the driver from the action and relegate him to a directing role, but with this car we felt much more part of it, a talent that may or may not make it a quicker sports car. And being an involving driving machine makes it substantially superior to its parent.

This is an interesting statement. It seems to be that journalists prefer to say a car like a GT-R is boring, because it can be driven fast easily. Everyone has their individual preferences for how a car drives, but a good majority of people that review the GT-R say it drives itself. Most consumers seem to want to take this as a derogatory statement, I see it as a positive thing. On the track, a fast car should be easy to drive, or perhaps "boring."   I have driven a lot of GT-R's, and I have driven a lot of cars, and I really wonder how you can call a GT-R boring or aloof. Read some GT-R reviews from the R32 though the R35, and see what you think.

Source: Edmunds Inside Line

1 comment:

Jeff C said...

Some people are just stupid, they like to criticize the design intent of the product. They only think a car is exciting if it is a handful, very difficult to drive, only a professional race car driver can drive it fast. But guess what, most sports car owners can't drive, they want a easy to drive car to enjoy themself. Very few actual owners want a challenge. Is like how every journalist criticize all Lexus as a boring isolation chamber, that is the design intent, that is what people want from a luxury car! Lexus is the best selling luxury car brand in the U.S. People just like to criticize what it is not, so stupid.

Item Reviewed: Edmunds Inside Line First Drive - Ride in the 2012 Nissan GT-R Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Sean Morris