Through Ian's Lens: 2009 Nissan GT-R

By Ian Merritt  on October 14, 2008

The 2009 Nissan GT-R was one of the most anticipated sports cars released in the U.S. this year. A couple of weeks ago, I finally got the chance to set foot inside one. In person, I was thoroughly impressed with the exterior metal, with its sleek lines and simple design folds. The rear spoiler is subtle and functional, while the round red taillights let you know what you’re looking at even from afar.

I like the way the GT-R looks while parked, but I absolutely love the way this car visually interacts with the road when it’s on the go. The tiny grille up front, coupled with an even tinier badge, makes the nose of this car look like it’s digging up the asphalt in front of it. Overall, it appears sleek but not skinny, with boxy, harsh lines that create distinct shapes in the outside panels. The exterior design bucks the conventional “supercar” forms, but it’s not without its own charm.

A full set of photos is below; tell me what you think in the comments section.