Christmas is coming - 2009 Nissan GT-R Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan GT-R Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan GT-R: Christmas is coming

December 08, 2008

Nissan GT-R and Los Angeles Cathedral

I got an early Christmas present this weekend when I found that the Skyline GT-R was available. The acceleration is explosive -- like a sportbike! And if you mash the throttle like an ape while making a 90 deg turn, it'll get sideways a bit. The only downside to the handling is that you get a lot of bumpsteer and it wants to follow every rain groove in the pavement -- so you're constantly making steering inputs. We celebrated Manny Pacquiao's pummeltuous victory over the Golden Boy by cruising around a bit in the GT-R before going to a house party. My buddy asked me to pick up his girlfriend on the way so she could ride in the vehicle that he intends to purchase, instead of a house. Initially unimpressed, after experiencing a few brutal launches, she proclaimed, "You're not allowed to get this car!" I think they're still together. But that's how it is with the GT-R: men go bananas over it, women couldn't care less. I capped off the weekend by attending mass at the Los Angeles Cathedral (pictured). To thank the Lord for the GT-R? Nah, I got final exams this week and could use the help. When we sell this Skyline R35 sometime in 2009, the ad may read, "Driven occasionally to church on Sunday."

Albert Austria, Sr Vehicle Evaluation Engineer @ 13,638 mi

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