Fully Automated? Not Completely. Not Yet. - 2009 Nissan GT-R Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan GT-R Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan GT-R: Fully Automated? Not Completely. Not Yet.

August 14, 2009

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Aside from its frequent dealer visits, the usual criticism leveled at our 2009 Nissan GT-R is that it does too much for its driver, in effect isolating you from the driving experience. The car and its computers work the clutch(es), manage your launch and determine a target yaw rate as you steer into a turn.

So what's left for you to do? I went looking around our GT-R for stuff to do.

You can pull the old-school dipstick and check your own oil. Can't do that in our M3 or our S5.


You can insert an old-school prop rod to the keep the hood up. Or, if you really want a challenge, hold the hood up yourself.


You can open the trunk all by yourself. No electric assist here.


You can turn on the HID headlights manually. In fact, at night, you have to because it's the law. Cool!


Of course, you also choose when to brake, steer and jam on the throttle in the GT-R, which is why it's still called *driving* when you get behind the wheel. Apparently, and supposedly, such activities could become optional in other future Nissans.

Where would you draw the line? Is the Nissan GT-R's current state of automation OK by you, since most of its various "systems" are oriented around going faster? Or has Godzilla already gone too far?

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