• Driving emotions absent in Nissan GT-R?

Driving emotions absent in Nissan GT-R?
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Acclaimed Los Angeles Times journalist Dan Neil’s claim is interesting. He’s not just another journalist and sports car enthusiast. He won the Pulitzer prize in 2004, an American award considered as the highest national honor in print journalism. He says the Nissan GT-R is not fun to drive.

Does the GT-R need any introduction? Thousands of blogs have written thousands of write-ups on this lively ’budget’ sports car let alone the monthly car magazines which go bonkers over it. People who even haven’t driven it accept it to be one of the best sports cars available in the market today and treat it with the same respect as they would treat any Ferrari or Porsche.

Dan Neil’s comments the GT-R is really fast, efficient and powerful, the three attributes that can’t be taken away from it. But more importantly he says "because there are so many layers of electronic self-preservation, there isn’t much frisson or fear. Without fear, there is no fun."

This comment is similar to the one Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson made when comparing the latest Ferraris with the earlier models a while back on the show. He said there was too much electronics in the latest Ferraris and he would any day prefer the older ones.

Dan Neil gets a little worked up in the course of the review and says "Despite the GT-R’s official nickname, "Godzilla," it’s more like 2 tons of fluffy kitten." Is Dan trying to play Clarkson or was he just having a bad day? We’ll let you decide



Source: Seattle Times

Shrawan Raja
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goony  (28) posted on 06.30.2008

Well let me try one first and then I’ll tell you

goony  (1022) posted on 06.30.2008

BLAH! BLAH! BLAH! The critics who are saying that the GT-R is no fun are the ones who whine about cars having understeer and oversteer. When a good handling car does come along, they say it is no fun.

The GT-R has more balls than these idiots.

goony  (520) posted on 06.23.2008

he’s right, todays cars have to much electronics that take away all the fun! all those things are good for safety, but they exaggerate, in a couple of years they are going to build cars that to take you from A to B you only have to press a button. you think that will be fun?

goony  (16) posted on 06.23.2008

i agree it has all that speical techo stuff. but back in the day it was a big engine and an half seat belt no tcs ,stc which made you scared so you had fun. it was like doing 200 mph in a scareing metal death trap. the gtr i like it but is to SAFE. it need no air bags or an half seat belt or no traction conturl. it is an great car but for the same money i mould get a Z06 because it is one of the most funs cars u can by. you can have so much overstear you can drift with it in an drift event as it is stock thats how much it is.

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