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Old 07-22-08, 09:43 PM   #1
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Top Gear host "breaks" neck driving a Nissan GT-R

Alternate thread title: "Ugly cars I would still want to own"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxt8rZd2vAM

Clarkson drove the GT-R at the Fuji grand prix track. His neck snaps at 6:30. "You hopeless old fart, a Datsun broke your neck." Then the Stig drove it at the Top Gear test track. "Now remember this 53K car has monstered(?) a 300 grand McLaren around the Nurburgring, but I doubt it will do that here because this is a power circuit."

The Stig's laptimes at their test track, with approximate car prices:


Looks like a performance bargain to me. (The Ariel Atom is an oddball overgrown go-kart, not a proper car but it would be great for track days.)

I don't care if the GT-R is kinda ugly, I would buy one if I could afford it.
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Old 07-22-08, 09:58 PM   #2
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I'm glad it took so long to create a Skyline successor. The new GTR stands up to its pedigree.
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Old 07-22-08, 10:02 PM   #3
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Look who we get^^^
I don't remember who the other two hosts of Top Gear USA are.

Clarkston is a far better obnoxious jerk.
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Old 07-22-08, 10:21 PM   #4
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Oooo! Is that ALL they cost? Lemme get my purse...
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Old 07-22-08, 10:26 PM   #5
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Bleh, why do we need our own Top Gear? The original is perfectly serviceable. Just show it here!

As for the GT-R... It's ugly, and I wouldn't want to own one, but whipping one around a track for a while would be an opportunity to jump at.

I wouldn't mind an R32 GT-R, though.


Or even older...
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My two bobs worth is that its a "performance bargain" because Nissan is selling it at a loss. Its a technological marvel and that costs money which Nissan wouldn't have honestly figured into the purchase price. The R&D costs will be in some other budget.

Its all about their image so the costs aren't important. Some of the other supercar companies can't afford to ignore such R&D costs and they are in it to try and make money.

Mind you what a great car!

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Old 07-23-08, 05:14 AM   #7
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Nobody sells the GT-R for $70K. The dealers are reportedly getting $100K+.
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Old 07-23-08, 08:10 AM   #8
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I want a 1991 Nissan Skyline GT-R N1 R32.

Dammit.
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Old 07-23-08, 11:25 AM   #9
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I wouldn't mind one of these.

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do not want
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too bad they trashed the car.... http://www.autoblog.com/2008/07/22/t...t-r-press-car/
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Old 07-23-08, 05:56 PM   #12
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You got my hopes up! I even unwrapped the bottle I have set aside for this very eventuality.
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We have a shat load of them getting around here in Kyoto. My favourite was originally the R32 but I'm afraid the latest is creeping up to my favourite.
My cousin (in-law) is a member of the Nissan GTR development team in Tokyo. He has had an R32 since new...it will be interesting to see if he upgrades (???)
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Old 07-23-08, 08:03 PM   #14
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that datsun line is really funny
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Old 07-24-08, 09:27 AM   #15
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As long as Tiff is okay, the rest of em can bust their necks all they want. He's the only host I really like anyway...
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