2009 Nissan GT-R Long-Term Road Test


2009 Nissan GT-R: My lottery car

July 14, 2009

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Now touring the country is a revival of the musical "Fiddler on the Roof", a farewell for long-standing star Topol. With music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein, the play is set in early 1900 Tsarist Russia. Wikipedia notes that the story "is based on Tevye and his Daughters (or Tevye the Milkman) and other tales by Sholem Aleichem. The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives."

One of several famous musical numbers is "If I were a Rich Man." Well, if I were a rich man -- and at this point that means hitting the Powerball numbers (Oy Vey!) -- I would purchase a Nissan GT-R.

Sure I could buy a Murcielago, Spyker, or something. However, driving a vehicle like one of those projects the image of a schmuck. It's been noted here before that the R35 carries no such stigma.

And how practical are any of those? Anywhere you park an exotic car you're going to worry about a lot of things -- like door dings, negotiating driveway dips, getting keyed by some meshugana guy, or the the valet making off with your ride a la "Ferris Bueller".

You can use the GT-R as a daily driver. It's not a pain in the tuches like an exotic car.
Making a run down to the grocery store, Walmart, or the drive-thru at Taco Bell? It's no problem in the GT-R.

While the R35 is the easiest car to drive fast that I've ever been in due to the linear power, tremendous AWD grip, and excellent and incredibly easy-to-use dual-clutch transmission, comfortable touring is also a GT-R strong point, as I experienced in my mad weekend dash to Vegas a few weeks ago.

Say again? You won lotto and purchased which vehicle?

Mazel Tov!!

Albert Austria, Sr Vehicle Evaluation Engineer @ 25,000 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2009 Nissan GT-R in VA is:

$151 per month*
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