Up Close With the Nissan GT-R

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  • The first thing you notice when you sit in the GT-R is that the sport bucket front seats are rather narrow. The large bolsters grip your back mightily, which doesn’t normally happen to me when I’m in a performance car; there’s always a little space between the side of my back and the bolsters. The dash of the GT-R is a mishmash of design themes. The round air vents are in contrast with the angular center portion of the dash, which is dominated by a large infotainment screen. I didn’t find the outside of the car very cohesive, either; there’s just too many elements in play, like circular taillights matched with angular headlights and a slab-sided body. That said, I’m inclined to think some time in the driver’s seat might change my tune. — Mike Hanley
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  • What Mike is saying about the seats is that he’s really skinny and they grip even him. I, on the other hand, am not skinny, but the seats still seemed comfortable to me. My favorite thing, honestly, was a cool door handle that sits flush on the door, requiring you to push it for the handle to pop out, and then you pull. Sure, it’s annoying as hell, but it looks cool. The interior reminds me of the Corvette Z06. The car itself may cost $70,000, but half of that money is under the hood, not spent on interior refinement. — David Thomas
  • The GT-R looks outrageous and unmistakable for any other car. The interior is only so-so, but the same  could be said of the Chevy Corvette and Dodge Viper, which are the closest in terms of performance and price for the remarkable 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds, according to Nissan. To get these numbers in a production car, you otherwise have to look at supercars that cost well into the six-figure range and higher. Unlike the Chevy and Dodge, this one is all-wheel drive and offers optional all-season tires. You could actually drive it all winter. I’ll take mine in black, thank you. — Joe Wiesenfelder

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Former managing editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David Thomas

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