The Wall Street Journal
“For enthusiasts under 35, this is what fast looks like.” Because Nissan’s supercoupe initially found global fame by way of Gran Turismo—a video game—its fan base “skews quite a bit younger” than that of other sports cars. Or maybe it’s the engine’s “primitive, deeply mechanical” spirit that attracts youth. Older speedsters tend to value quiet luxury at low speeds; the GT-R snarls the moment it’s started.
“By any recorded performance measurement, the GT-R is simply incredible.” Its zero-to-60-mph dash has been clocked at under 3 seconds, and even highway fuel economy, at 23 mpg, ain’t bad. The six-speed automatic transmission still gets a little clunky in city driving, and “the ride is pretty stiff.” But the GT-R is a car you buy for its “otherworldly performance” at speed, and it “really shines on serpentine roads or racetracks.”
Drivers might also like the price—which undercuts the comparably quick Porsche 911 Turbo S by about $82,000. The 2014 delivers significantly more stable feel through corners and is available in a $116,000 Track Edition that trims braking distance and slightly increases acceleration. And to think: “Ferrari drivers already shake in their boots” when a $100,000 GT-R pulls up beside them.