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2010 Nissan GT-R: SportsCarMonitor First Drive


If yours is in any way an addictive personality, please take our advice and avoid this car altogether. When it comes to the Nissan GT-R, you must be capable of exercising a great deal of self-restraint.

Use its launch control to unleash the full wrath of that hand-assembled (in a clean room, no less) 485-horsepower twin turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6, with 434 foot-pounds of torque. Twelve seconds later, you’re a quarter of a mile up the road and the dopamine rush that follows will have you wanting to do it over and over again.

Like any “controlled” substance, you’re gonna like it and you’re gonna want more. Under full throttle, the GT-R accelerates so fiercely it gives the impression its paint would eventually burst into flame from the friction of the atmosphere.

Throw some curves in the mix and run that V-6 up near redline, it screams ecstatically, almost as if it can’t believe it’s finally found somebody crazy enough to let it do it. Thanks in part to the rear-mounted six-speed dual clutch transaxle, the GT-R’s balanced perfectly, enabling it to practically rape the corners. At each change of direction, the all-wheel drive system claws tenaciously at the pavement before sending the Nissan leaping greedily toward the next turn-in point.

You’ll blow through tight switchbacks in second gear at 50 and 60 miles per hour—easily. Then, when you come to the straight and flip the right steering wheel mounted shift paddle to finally let the GT-R run in third gear it LUNGES ahead as if a huge hand reached down out of the sky and shoved the car up the road with all its might. Suddenly 60 mph becomes 120 mph––before you can even utter an expletive to express your sense of awe.

What we have here folks is nothing less than the automotive equivalent of a habit-forming narcotic. One drive will be way too many—because a thousand won’t be enough. So again, if yours is in any way an addictive personality, you might want to avoid this car altogether. When it comes to owning a Nissan GT-R, you must be capable of exercising a great deal of self-restraint.

Pricing starts at $83,040. For more details, see TheCarConnection's 2010 Nissan GT-R page.

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