The 2013 Nissan GT-R at Palm Beach International RacewayEnlarge Photo
Is it perfect? No, it's not. For the money, the car lacks a bit of refinement, especially compared to European rivals (which, in fairness, cost quite a bit more for similar performance). If you're looking for Audi-like-levels of interior materials, fit and finish, you'll likely be disappointed. Instead of wasting money on making the interior club-room comfortable, Nissan spent its budget on making the car astonishingly fast.
The 2013 Nissan GT-R. Image: NissanEnlarge Photo
If you're looking for a quiet GT car to soak up long highway miles, the GT-R won't be to your liking, either. It's not excessively noisy inside, it's just not grand-tourer quiet, but that's not the car's primary mission. On the other hand, if you want the best bang for your performance buck, we'd be hard pressed to pick a better choice than the Nissan GT-R.
Love it or hate it, there’s no denying the facts: the GT-R may be the highest-performance vehicle on the planet that’s (relatively) accessible to the common man. For the price of a used Italian exotic, the GT-R offers superior performance with better day-to-day livability, and Nissan is intent on continuously improving the breed.
Still not convinced? Do whatever it takes to get behind the wheel of one, preferably in a track environment, and you’ll be a believer, too.
Standard disclaimer: Nissan gave us the opportunity to drive the GT-R on its dime, including track time, tires, gas and brakes, and presented us with the required safety equipment to do so.