"Wow," was all I could say, emerging from a Nissan GT-R for the first time. It really did exceed my expectations. Then I drove the Nismo version, one of about 60 that will come to the US this year. And sweet sweaty bear bollocks, the thing made me reconsider what I thought was possible on four wheels.
(Occasionally I give my Dad some seat time behind the wheel of cars that pique his interest. As he is an Evo X MR owner, the 2015 Nissan GT-R is one such car. Here are his thoughts on how he fell in love with Godzilla. - T.O.)
Last year, Travis drove the Nissan GT-R and said it was one of the greatest cars of the last decade. This, even though the base price had crept up more than $25,000 since its 2008 launch. But there have been constant improvements, and the 2015 Nissan GT-R has been fine-tuned even further. Oh, and so has the price.
Nissan's got a few details on the scandalously fast GT-R for 2015, which arrives in Japan in a few weeks (as a 2014) but doesn't come to the States until next year. It's lighter. It's more comfortable. But overall, is it better?
Yesterday, Nissan shut down the Nurburgring, hired safety marshalls and set up timing beacons in order to have a very hot lap with the 2014 Nismo GT-R. It's unclear whether they succeeded with their record attempt, but the car sure noticeably different from previous prototypes.