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Very interesting!
 

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What a roller coster of a read... Still can not believe how much bang for the buck we get with the new C7..12 days till I pick her up at the Museum...
No kidding it was like having your karate teacher kick your ass while telling you you are the best student he's ever had. Every time you felt good about something he put you on the mat. Every time you began to doubt yourself you landed a solid shot and score some real points!


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I second your motion.

No kidding it was like having your karate teacher kick your ass while telling you you are the best student he's ever had. Every time you felt good about something he put you on the mat. Every time you began to doubt yourself you landed a solid shot and score some real points!


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akpancake, great read. Cost of a C7 "Outstanding", Performance of the C7 "Priceless"!!

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The article is somewhat dated. Regardless, the piece deserves some comment.

Before retiring, I spent my last five working years with Nissan as a GT-R specialist in the Northeast. Clearly, when the car was first delivered in 2009, it was, without a doubt, the most incredible buy on the supercar market. Despite the clanking of the tranny and the unforgiving ride (even in comfort mode), it was an amazing car. AWD functionality was/is without peer; many folks drove theirs in snow (less than 3") confidently. Cornering, as if on rails, was not an overdone phrase. That said, I would not trade my C7 for a GT-R, even at equal dollars. Granted, I have not driven one since 2012. I'm not sure this is a negative but... the GT-R just about drives itself. The engineering is flawless,,, if the design objective was/is to take much of the skill out of performance driving. The C7 is more fun, more comfortable, and far more maintainable. Price a brake job and you'll get the "drift."
 
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George pretty much summed up why I have never been able to get excited about the GT-R. There are certain intangible things about a car that are quite difficult to put into words and certainly do not surface themselves in test numbers. I guess that's why, to this day, one of the most rewarding car's I've every owned was a 1979 Porsche 911 SC sunroof delete Euro spec. Super light (though not as much as the 'early to mid 70's 911's) and very visceral / mechanical. You kind of became one with the machine at speed and it rewarded you with sensations that simply can't be measured by a stopwatch or a G meter.

In this day and age of high tech driver assists I believe the C7 comes the closest to providing a visceral connection. Although I lust after a GT3 RS Porsche I don't have the $150K+ scratch and in my mind I haven't found anything between the C7 and the GT3 that excite me. The only possible alternative would be a Cayman S and that's still pushing $80K equipped properly.
 
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