An Exotic Without the Baggage - 2009 Nissan GT-R Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan GT-R Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan GT-R: An Exotic Without the Baggage

June 03, 2009

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Went to a local cruise last weekend. Good mix of new, old, affordable and exotic. After seeing a yellow Lamborghini Murcielago SV roll by, I got to talking with a friend about exotics, specifically Lamborghinis.

We both agreed that Lamborghinis have become a bit of a joke. Sure they're fast, make great noises and look like nothing else on the road, but you can't drive one without looking like a tool that's trying too hard.

It's one of the reasons I like the GT-R. It's not exactly subtle in the styling department, but it's not over the top either. You can drive it around without looking like you're starved for attention. It's a car that's impressive and unique to those who know what it is, but inoffensive to those who don't. And of course, it has the performance to go toe-to-toe with a Lambo any day of the week.

Then again, maybe we're just spoiled living here in Southern California. Maybe Lambos are still cool in Kansas City. Even so, I'd still rather have the GT-R.

Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor, @ 21,515 miles

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