It's Special - 2009 Nissan GT-R Long-Term Road Test
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2009 Nissan GT-R Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan GT-R: It's Special

June 08, 2009

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When you live and work on LA's West Side, you see multiple copies of every exotic piece of automotive iron. For example, it seems that almost every time I go to a fancy restaurant or mall, I see someone's black 997 Turbo. They're plentiful here.

But that's not the case with the Nissan R35: it's rare. I've only seen a handful in LA (not counting car shows). I mean, if you're going to spend that kind of money, most guys are going to get something that impresses the ladies, one of the few things the R35 does not do. (I know: who cares.)

So I was quite surprised to come across this brand new black GT-R in the Costco parking lot, its regular-guy owner eating an In-n-Out burger in it. He said that the dealer in the Hollywood area (near the amusement park) wanted $100K! He told that dealer to take a hike, and ended up paying the $80K list price from a store in Orange County.

A couple of guys shagging the one million shopping carts in the Costco lot busted out their camera phones and also took some pics of the GT-R pair, as happy as kids on Christmas morning. And why not? Car guys know that the R35 isn't just awesome, it's Special.

Enjoy your new R35 Sean.

Albert Austria, Sr Vehicle Evaluation Engineer @ 21,800 miles

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