2009 Nissan GT-R Long-Term Road Test


2009: Nissan GT-R: My dog has fleas

December 22, 2008

Nissan Skyline R35 in Malibu canyons

The Skyline R35 is absolutely thrilling to drive -- each and every time I get behind the wheel. My friends who were lucky enough to get rides in it marveled at the explosive acceleration and amazing handling. One remarked that the acceleration produced a pressure feeling in his chest. Another said a downhill grade was like being on a roller-coaster. They were all howling like kids on Christmas day. But there's a downside to this pup: it attracts fleas.

Nearly everywhere I went, some guy wanted to race or look at the car from behind at a range of one meter as I negotiated traffic. Two guys wanted to race me on Sunset...in a Nissan Titan! No thanks -- me and my passengers only laughed with disdain.

Myself and a few friends also took the GT-R into the canyons above Malibu (The 'Bu to you surfer dudes). It was there where we picked up some fleas (shown in the pic.) These pinheads (five cars in all) tailgated me for quite some time, eventually passing me (due to my moderate pace) by crossing the double-yellow line at ridiculous speed. Uncool. And illegal. Fortunately, no one got hurt -- this time.

Unwanted attention -- yeah, the Skyline gets that in spades.

Albert Austria, Sr Vehicle Evaluation Engineer @ 14,450 mi

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