Chasing Grandma Through The Canyons - 2009 Nissan GT-R Long-Term Road Test
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2009 Nissan GT-R: Chasing Grandma Through The Canyons

April 03, 2009

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Alright, "chasing Grandma" isn't the right phrase here. "Following Grandma at a respectful distance so as not to freak out her pacemaker" is more like it. When I came up behind a Ford GT during a GT-R canyon run the other day, I assumed the driver would see the supercar du jour in the rearview mirror and immediately put the hammer down. Instead, we trundled along at 30-35 mph for three winding miles -- no other cars in sight -- until we hit the Pacific Coast Highway, and Grandma GT headed off toward Malibu.

Reminds me of when I got stuck behind a 996 911 Turbo while we were doing the CTS/Genesis comparo. I was piloting the CTS, and in this case the 911 driver actually made an attempt to set the pace, but I was still able to keep up at 7/10ths in my 4,000-plus-pound luxury saloon. When we reached the stop sign at Mulholland and Cornell, I rolled my window down to hear him accelerate away. Yep. Tiptronic. Figures.

Josh Sadlier, Associate Editor, Edmunds.com @ 18,941 miles

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