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Motor Trend February 2010: The Nissan GT-R and “Character”

January 3, 2010

Motor Trend magazine seems to “get” the Nissan GT-R. They gave it their Car of The Year 2009 prize after all. There’s another brief article on the GT-R in the Feb issue about the GT-R and that difficult to define quality called “character”.

Character is cool when you’re noodling down to the car show in your De tomaso Mangusta, not when you’re chasing tenths of a second on the Nurburgring Nordschleife

– Angus Mackenzie, Motor Trend, Feb 2010

Angus argues that, the fact that a “character” laden car is difficult to drive fast, doesn’t make it a good drive. That and, if you want to drive fast, choosing the car that won’t try and kill you if you make a slight mistake is a smart choice.

I agree with the article although I personally do not feel that the GT-R lacks character. It just has a very different character to that of it’s peers…

Source: NAGTROC forums