Forever Young - 2009 Nissan GT-R Long-Term Road Test
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2009 Nissan GT-R Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan GT-R: Forever Young

June 22, 2009

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It's pretty rare that I'll get one of our high-demand long-term cars for a weekend. With a milestone birthday on the horizon, I requested the GT-R almost a month ago and Keymaster Schmidt came through. I wanted something that would recharge my batteries, so to speak, and this Nissan supercar did the trick.

According to the figures, this thing makes 480 horsepower -- and I felt every single one of them. I've driven a bunch of high-horsepower cars, but I think the GT-R makes the best use of everything it produces -- evident in its noticeable absence of wheelspin. Images of my youth and my favorite rollercoaster, "Montezooma's Revenge," came to mind. This rollercoaster boasted an aircraft carrier-like catapult system to launch riders with gut-compressing acceleration. The GT-R restored that youthful and maniacal grin.

Over the weekend I felt like an amusement park ride attendant, shuffling thrillseekers through the queues and ensuring they were properly cinched down in their seats. After feeling the initial rush of acceleration, nearly every passenger responded in a Tourette's-like litany of expletives. In the tight canyon roads above Malibu, I experienced levels of grip that I last felt in an open-wheel racecar with wings. Yeah, it's fair to say I love this car. So much, that this is now on the top of my list as a replacement for my current sports car. Thanks GT-R, you'll be one of my deathbed memories!

Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor @ 22,643 miles


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