I'll keep it short and to the point.
Both, the GTR and M5 are similar in pricing.
Power, body-roll, acceleration, and handling are great, but not quite to the level of a stock GTR. Almost, but not there.
But if you are a family guy and can only afford one, the M5 would definitely be at the top of the list.
The test drive took about 1/2 hour, going through straights, twisties, and also some city driving.
The salesman allowed me to have my way with it - keep in mind this was a demo car and already had 2500mi. (broken in).
Acceleration was smoooooth, but fast. Almost like a GTR. Merging onto the 101 from a side street in the middle of traffic going 75-80mph
was a breeze; in no time I was going 110 and climbing to 120 by the time the salesman reminded me that that section was notorious for
having CHP speed traps.
Handling and body roll was great, almost made you think you were not driving a 4400lb tank.
Electronics were state of the art.
Engine sound: it growled, but not annoying. Exhaust can be made quite with a push of a button.
Interior was very classy and detailed.
At the end of the day, believe of not, my heart was still leaning towards a GTR (brain = M5) for the following reason:
- Aggressive look; M5 looks like a dime a dozen compared to the GTR front and rear end
- Gut wrenching acceleration; DCT punches you, Auto kinda pushes you
- Mod friendly; GTR allows me to work on it since I'm already somewhat familiar with going FBO/e85. I would have to rely on Dinan for the M5
- Last but not least, I have 3 kids; 2 of which are already out of the house and in the AF. My little one is 7. All three want me to get a GTR
(Disclaimer: yes, wife is against it)
4th quarter is here, so I'll see if Nissan is willing to "negotiate" ;)
Edited by gixy2k, 07 November 2019 - 10:09 AM.