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John Paul drives the Nissan GT-R

Posted by Clifford Atiyeh  September 15, 2011 11:42 AM

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The Nissan GT-R has been on sale in the US for three years. In that time, Nissan has beat Porsche on the track, won all sorts of comparison tests, added more horsepower, and settled a nasty class action lawsuit. This week, we finally got to drive one.

For proper research, and to answer a reader's burning question about this 530-horsepower, all-wheel-drive Ferrari-eater, our Car Doctor John Paul drove it during a Nissan event in Brookline.

"The GT-R is wickedly fast, handles like it is on rails, is comfortable and has supportive seats," he said. "Still, I'd like to see a true manual shift. The ride is very firm, better suited to the smooth roads of Florida than the less than perfect roads in New England."

And no, with Nissan kindly asking, John and I did not use launch control, which when repeated several times consecutively will void the warranty or result in $20,000 drivetrain repairs (funny, Porsche doesn't say that about its 911 Turbo).

What can we say after 10 minutes? The GT-R's a real nice car. It's a real ugly car, too. And we can't wait to try one again for a proper test.

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Clifford Atiyeh is an automotive writer and car enthusiast . He has spent his entire life driving cars he doesn't own.
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