Those in the luxury and sports-car market have a new choice to drool over. The GTR is hitting the luxury market with fervor. With the GTR giving the old standby luxury makers a run for their money, many who are considering whether or not to take the plunge are considering both the pros and the cons of going outside the ordinary and taking a chance at investing in a GTR. If you are in the market for a sports car, and can’t seem to make up your mind whether the GTR is for you or not, these are the pros and cons of the newly redesigned model. Which one, pro or con, stands out for you?
Pro: The amazing performance
If there is one thing that the Nissan GTR can boast, it is and always has been its performance. It is also one of the fastest sports cars you can invest in. The GTR can go from zero to sixty in just a few seconds, more so than any other sports car in its class. With its time only surpassed by the Porsche 918 Spyder, that is really an amazing feat. If you are looking for a super-fast hot rod then the speed is something that you simply can’t overlook. It can go up to 195 miles per hour according to its track test – even if you can’t drive that fast on the roads, it is nice to know that you have the capacity if you wanted to.
Con: It doesn’t scream “Look at what I have”
There are still those in the car world who are fixated on names and brands. If you are going to invest the type of money that it takes to put yourself behind the wheel of a used GTR, then you might be a little particular about what the brand name says. Sure, it can go super fast, but it doesn’t exactly scream “I got something super special” with a Nissan tag. It isn’t a Ferrari or a Lamborghini that just makes people do a double-take, but if you aren’t that into what other people think and just want the thrill of the ride – and it is thrilling – then this con should not be that big of a deal.
Pro: What is under the hood
The GTR uses a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine. That might not sound all that amazing to car enthusiasts, but when you consider that it gets 565 horsepower alongside a 467-pound-foot of torque, it should make you stand up and take notice. It also has a dual-clutch transmission and an all-wheel drive system, which means that not only can it take off, but it can grip the gravel as it does so. That is a huge pro when you match it up against others in the same class.
Con: Not much thought necessary
Some consumers looking for an incredibly high rate of speed insist that the ease of the drivetrain might its biggest downfall. With the simplicity of just dropping your foot and taking off comes the potential for some real danger. Other car makers are a bit fussier and take a little more work to go into higher gears, which is why those who drive the GTR are more likely to find themselves wrapped around a tree. But if you are a responsible driver, then this could be considered a pro.
Pro: The price
Although available in the mid-$90,000 range for the 2009 model, the price has continued to climb – but not much. You can now purchase a GTR for about $100,000. That is still about half the cost of its competitors.
If you are a car enthusiast who wants to have a supercharged fast car, then the GTR’s pros well outweigh the cons. The only thing that it is lacking is the name recognition of other (higher-priced) competitors. Slightly less luxurious than others in its class, it is also about half the price, makes a huge impression, and although it costs less it can leave those other big-name vehicles in the dust. If you can handle the ride, then this may be the car for you.