If you haven’t read the first-ever Road & Track Performance Car of the Year story, I would highly recommend reading the Baruth-penned story, which gives any British buff book a run for its money, despite a dearth of derring-do heroics on Welsh backgrounds. Some of the most illuminating information comes not from the Disco Hoodied One himself, but from other R&T staffers. Take this choice quote about the Nissan GT-R for example:
There’s a lot of chuckling in the paddock over the blue seats and odd Track Edition badging on Nissans newest GT-R, but on the runway, it’s serious business. It’s also damn near the fastest car in the test. “It’s so good — and it used to be so terrible,” says Cammisa.
Wait — what?? The GT-R was terrible? If it was, I never heard about it in the press. At the time, it was hailed as the greatest thing on four-wheels, a Porsche 911 Turbo beater for half the price. Nobody truly figured out a way to use “the wobble” and tell you that the generous discount meant an utter lack of charm or drama, and that the GT-R was just a away for quantitatively-oriented Playstation nerds to extrapolate their video game experience into the real world. Or perhaps they did now, since the statute of limitations on criticizing a very important product launch has passed.
Now Nissan is introducing a “Nismo” version of the GT-R, which can supposedly hit 60 mph in 2.5 seconds and lap the Burgerkingring in 7:08 – figures that mean nothing outside of masturbatory bench racing, but make for great copy for the myriad automotive news aggregation sites that will breathlessly report on its mere existence.