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In Topic: **2015 GT-R & GT-R NISMO: LIVE Launch Coverage & Discussion**

20 November 2014 - 05:14 PM

View PostRxpress, on 20 November 2014 - 02:04 PM, said:

One thing that bothers me is hearing a few times that the dealership owners have already bought their Nismo allocation. I want to think that most are just saying that until the next big offer for their allocation rolls in. I don't see many of these owners being passionate about the brand like Jason @ Boulder Nissan for example. It really sucks for the true enthusiasts who want to get their hands on one but likely can't because of some these games dealerships are playing to squeeze every penny of profit from one special car.

I completely agree with you, but on the bright side it does seem quite a few of the cars are winding up in the hands of GTRLife forum members.

In Topic: **2015 GT-R & GT-R NISMO: LIVE Launch Coverage & Discussion**

20 November 2014 - 08:11 AM

BTW, this also points to how good Mizuno was the for the Nissan program.  He would never have sought out and published a lap time on such a limited production version of the car.  They may have built it, but his focus was always on the basic model and that is smart.  It shows you that every car is "at least this fast" with the unspoken knowledge the special models are even a little quicker.  But after several years on the platform and other makes catching up and surpassing the GT-R's capabilities, Nissan got caught up in the magazine racing mentality to produce a car and publish a time more to show up other manufacturers rather than pleasing the buyer.

IMO, it would have made much more sense just to show how much faster the 2015 premium model is than previous years (though I genuinely suspect that the 2015 posts slower lap times than say a 2012/2013 GT-R due to the ride comfort compromises that have been made).  Failing that, it would have still made more sense just to post the regular GT-R NISMO times which are allegedly faster than prior models, but did not hit the test team's target of a 7:10 lap.  It would have shown improvement and been based on the actual car on sale now, leaving folks with less or no impression of bait-and-switch regarding the times.

In Topic: **2015 GT-R & GT-R NISMO: LIVE Launch Coverage & Discussion**

20 November 2014 - 08:02 AM

View PostHKYStormFront, on 20 November 2014 - 07:29 AM, said:

The N-Attack package is what's different on the record setting car. As has been said before, what makes that car "faster" on N-ring doesn't necessarily make it "faster" on all tracks. That was a specific tuning setup, powertrain/aero/suspension, for that specific track. The "base" Nismo might be faster on other tracks with a smooth surface where it can take advantage of it's stiffer suspension, etc.

Not buying that kool-aid... the N-attack suspension is fully adjustable.  So, it won't automatically be better set up for a given track than a regular NISMO, but it is tweakable.  Given time to adjust the suspension, it should always be faster than the regular NISMO without modding either car from original OEM parts.  I love the GT-R, but the whole N-Attack time is Smoke and Mirrors for advertising purposes.  It would be a BIG BIG stretch to even call the regular NISMO the 'Ring Volume Production car record holder.  There is no official definition of "volume production" car, but I would not consider a limited edition of 200 cars volume.

In Topic: **2015 GT-R & GT-R NISMO: LIVE Launch Coverage & Discussion**

19 November 2014 - 07:51 AM

View PostMC, on 18 November 2014 - 09:32 AM, said:

6 that I know of

And how many are actually in the states now?  6 forum members has to be close to 1/2 of the US cars so far..

In Topic: Porsche Cayman GT4

19 November 2014 - 07:50 AM

View PostVega, on 18 November 2014 - 10:59 AM, said:

$120K for 400hp and no AC. I love the car but Porsche's are overpriced.

Agreed... and probably will be sold in limited enough numbers that any hope of getting a used one later at a decent price will be low.  But, if I were laser focused on owning a Porsche and could not afford the sticker on a 918, this would probably be my second choice.  Not as fast as a Turbo or GT3, but I bet 10x more fun to drive.  That said, at $120K, I can probably produce a list of several other cars I'd own first.