The 2014 Nissan GT-R may not have the same cachet of a Ferrari, Porsche or some the other big-name luxury performance sports cars, but it?s still a head-turner as we found out after driving one for a week. Oh, yeah, it?s faster than most of them, too.
An offspring of the legendary Nissan Skyline GT-R, which dominated performance cars in Japan in the early 1970s and early 2000s, the Nissan GT-R doesn?t scream ?super car?, but has a distinctive look that seems to produce more of a questioning look, especially when someone sees the Nissan logo on the rear deck lid. The full-flavored sound of the quad exhaust outlets adds to the mystery too ? after all, this isn?t like a garden variety Nissan Altima or even a sexy 370Z, it?s the GT-R. With worldwide production numbers running well under 2,000 a year, it?s not a car you see very often, so it easily inspires that questioning look.
Driving briskly on a curvy highway felt like an expert skier must feel carving turns in a steep virgin snowfield, like the ones you see in the movies ? precise, smooth, and fast. The steering is perfect, the brakes astonishing and the acceleration unequalled. This must be the car that best fits the expression, ?like riding on rails.?
Numbers accumulated from buff magazine testing tell a big part of the Nissan GT-R story ? 0 to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds, 193 mph top speed, 0 to 100 mph in 7.1 seconds, 60 mph to 0 braking 116 feet, 1.02 g skidpad and quarter-mile acceleration in 11.2 seconds at 125 mph. That?s supercar territory for ?only? $104,875 including the destination charge, the $4,000 Premium Interior Package and $200 GT-R logo floor mats. The 2014 Nissan GT-R Premium is the fastest car either of us has ever driven, and we?ve driven some of the fastest with names like Corvette, Porsche, Viper and Bentley.
Supporting this remarkable drivetrain are massive Brembo brakes, Rays? 20-inch forged aluminum wheels, a Blistein? Damptronic Shock absorber system and it?s all choreographed by the Driver Configurable Transmission, Suspension and Vehicle Dynamic Controls, which allow the driver to ?tune? the GT-R to his or her driving style.
We?ve driven other cars that during a brief interlude of foot-mashed-to-the-floor-acceleration will make the skin on your face pull back like a plastic surgeon demonstrating what he/she could do for you. However, we?ve never had that happen after doing the ?mashing? at 60 mph, but that is exactly what we experienced in the GT-R.
A downside of driving this luxury race car, in addition to the less than smooth ride, is the strange sounds it makes from time to time while sitting at stop lights. In another car we might assume something was amiss, however, we were assured all the sounds were normal, and a part of partaking in the car?s amazing performance.
Standard equipment on the GT-R includes Bose? audio, Nissan hard drive navigation with seven-inch screen, push button ignition and HomeLink. It even has a cruise control and drink holders, which are often deleted from performance cars — cited as being frivolous.
For someone serious about performance, or who has longed to own a ?super car? the 2014 Nissan GT-R is easily the best value on the market.