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2012 Nissan GT-R


There are certain things in life you never say no to: your wife, extra cheese and the chance to drive a bona fide supercar.

So when I was given the keys to a solid red 2012 Nissan GT-R, the answer was simple, "yes please".

I've dreamed of getting behind the wheel of Godzilla since they were introduced to the world in 2008.

Over the past few years Nissan has made various tweaks to make the car better.  For 2012 the major change starts with the engine.  Horsepower on the twin turbo V-6 has been bumped to 530.  Torque is up to 448 lb-ft.  Those in turn with the "R Mode Start" and all wheel drive launch this rocket to 60 in 2.9 seconds.  This is throw you in the back of the seat with a stupid grin plastered on your face thanks to the g's fast.  This car accelerates so rapidly I was at put you in jail fast in the blink of an eye.  The speedometer doesn't really help keep you in check.  It goes up to 220 (top speed is 197 mph) so the numbers are spaced very close together and therefore hard to follow. That's a horrible excuse for excessive speeds but that's what I'm sticking with.

Now you may be thinking that a car with that much power sucks down the gas.  Wrong.  If you drive like a normal human being and not some sort of journalist turned loose, the EPA rates the car at 16 mpg city and 23 highway.

The ride is actually very good for a car of this stature.  That's thanks in part to a number of driver selectable settings for suspension and transmission. 

Three little toggle switches give you a number of different choices designed to improve ride and performance.  The tranny settings are R-Mode for maximum performance.  "Normal" mode and "Save" mode which gives you smoother driving on slippery surfaces.  You have the same set up for the suspension with "R" for when the racer in your kicks in, "Normal" and "Comfort" to help smooth the ride out.

You also get to choose if you want to flick through the gears with the paddle shifters or let the car do the shifting for you.

But this car has way more going for it than just the power train.  It's got it going on in the looks department too, inside and out.  Subtle changes to the body kit make Godzilla an even meaner monster.  The only change I don't like are the wheels.  They come in a Hyper Blue Black Chrome color and in my opinion look kind of plain.  They don't pop like the rest of the car. You do get different wheels with the "Black Edition" That version also comes with extra snazzy seats and some special interior treatment.

For 2012 you also get 6 colors to choose from including the Super Silver paint.  This is a $3000 dollar option. That money buys you an "8-stage process, including three clear coats and hand-polishing to achieve a lustrous, liquid effect".  Nissan sure makes it sound worth it don't they?

The interior is a visual treat and just about every option you can think of is there.  What really sets the interior apart from other supercars is the display system. It looks like a video game read out because it was designed by the creators of the Gran Turismo video game.  You have 7 presets that'll keep you posted on lap times, acceleration, G-force, gearing, braking, even your steering.   If you don't like that setup, you also have 4 customizable screens. But with a car this fast, it's best to keep your eyes on the road even though everything goes by in a blur.

This is by far the greatest car I've ever driven. And not even the most expensive. Its price point for the "Premium" edition comes in at   $89,950.  The "Black" edition will cost you about 5 grand more.  When you compare it to the competition by Porsche, Ferrari, Audi and Lamborghini, all of which are 6 figure rides, the GT-R seems like a downright bargain.

Unfortunately my time in the driver's seat was limited as Godzilla needed to make its way off the streets and back into the showroom where it will wait for someone to give it a good loving home and drive the tar out of it.

Remember the things in life you can't say no to?  There is one rule to remember, your wife can say "no" when you ask, and "Can I have a GT-R?" 

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