In the grand scheme of things, $130,000 is really not that much money. You can buy a shed with electricity in Montreal, a 250-sq-ft piece of land in Toronto to park your car on or a 2”x 2” balcony without a view in Vancouver.
If you’ve already got a shed or a driveway, you can use that $130,000 to buy one of the most recognizable, iconic sports cars from the last decade. No, not a 10-year old car, a brand new one that’s relatively unchanged in a decade, but one that still turns heads today and has video game kids go gaga when they see one.
Thus, should you plonk down all that money on a 2018 Nissan GT-R:
Why you should buy a 2018 Nissan GT-R:
- The GT-R remains one of the most aggressively fast cars in the world. Accelerating is an event equal to the biggest 4th of July fireworks display you’ve ever seen
- The styling transcends logic, time and reason – it’s a GT-R. Nothing else will ever look like an R35 GT-R
- Despite the age, very very few cars give you this kind of performance for this kind of money
- Because the GT-R is a Nissan, it does not have suffer a stand-off-ish aura like Ferrari, Lamborghini or even Audi. It seems approachable and attainable. See previous point
- When you become one with the car, you’ll be able to fully exploit its massive grip and handling capabilities
Why you should not buy a 2018 Nissan GT-R:
- Much like the Frontier, Nissan is asking for loads more money today than it did when it first came out – for something that has scarcely evolved in a decade
- The GT-R can be daily driven for a short while. Its hardcore unrefined nature creep up on you after a while
- And only when you become one with the car will you manage to exploit the car. Up until then, there’s nothing intuitive about the controls (steering mostly). It’s a complete leap of faith until you get it. If you’re an experienced driver, this will be an issue
- The brakes are designed for street use while the power will take you to the moon. If you intend on tracking the car, you’ll have to invest in a more resistant braking system. Remember that this is a 4,000 lb car capable of reaching insane rates of speed extremely rapidly
Never mind what I said before; $130,000 is a massive amount of coin! For $111,000, a well-optioned Chevy Corvette Z06 is all yours. For less than $141,000, the mad-mad ZR1 could land in your parking spot… $130,000 will get you a Porsche 911 Carrera S with options or a Carrera 4S. They’re nowhere near as fast or even exclusive, but damn, it’s a 911.
There are a few other options of the 4-door variant (if seating for four as in the GT-R is important) and in my opinion, all are more valid, modern, useable and attractive alternatives. Thing is though, if you want a GT-R, nothing else will do. Just make sure you really want a GT-R…