Ok, I'm back and a bit rested. What a crazy 30 hours, but everything turned out fine with no issues or surprises. The GTR is a phenomenal machine, I'm extremely pleased with it. The transmission is interesting in it's quirkyness. I like that it isn't perfect like a torque converter auto from a stop. You can literally feel the clutches engaging and you must feather the throttle in like on a manual car in order to leave from a stop perfectly smoothly. It takes some attention and a little finesse and I'm glad it has that.
The car is BIG. In relation to the other cars here at the house, it is very big. It also feels very, very solid. The doors are large and relatively heavy. You sit down in the car with a high belt line which makes you feel nestled down it in. Everything about it feels firm, and secure. You can definitely see where the nearly 3900 lbs comes from as the car feels like it was hewn from a block of granite. Unfortunately that applies to the suspension as well In comfort mode, it is a bit better, but make no mistake, the suspension is very, very firm and will crash over anything other than average imperfections in the road. Doesn't bug me, but if you don't like the flinty ride of an Evo, you won't like the GTR.
Speaking of the Evo, this car just feels like it's big brother in so many ways. The steering is nigh identical. Super quick ratio, absolutely no slop, and razor sharp reflexes. Sneeze and you change lanes, just like an Evo. The ride is flinty like the Evo. The car has a lot of really great mechanical whines and wheezes as it goes about it's work. You can occasionally hear the actuators selecting the next gear, the pump adding pressure to the clutches as you feather in more power on the hwy, and even a little clutch chatter as you try super low speed maneuvers. The turbos are quiet, only occasionally hearing a very slight compressor whine at various spots in the rpm band. Again, being a mechanically inclined guy and knowing all the engineering behind all of this, I find it fascinating.
As for the powerband, it is excellent. The transmission is so quick to react that if you leave it in auto mode you are never really caught with your pants down. Locking it a higher gear and rolling into it, the true dynamics of the engine are apparent. It is a little soft below 2500 rpm...again a relative term. The turbos and the engine come on progressively and the power seamlessly increases endlessly through the rpm band pulling hard all the way to 7k. It is very turbine-like in feel and sound. The gears are snapped off almost instantaneously. The midrange is ferocious especially in the first 3 gears. The car will scrabble some in first on WOT. The car is immensely impressive to 100 at which point the acceleration drops off some.
My car is modified with a resonated midpipe which drops two cats as well as some weight. It is good for around 20 whp on a stock car. The sound is much more aggressive than the sterile stock hardware and has a really, really great note. It's a little higher pitched, and while it is a little on the loud side outside it is basically perfect in the interior with no boom or resonance. The interior noise is also well controlled with really nothing other than a little tread roar noticeable. I added a cobb access port to my car today and have the stage 2 beta maps. Running map 2 until I have a chance to log and make sure everything is kosher before I go up to map 3. The car screams. It is ridiculous to 100 mph. Judging from the times on the boards, it should run a very, very low 11 at around 125 mph with the canned tune and midpipe.
The gadgets and gizmos are nearly overwhelming at first. The sheer amount of information presented to you takes a while to organize and memorize where it is in order to access it. If there's a fluid in the car, you can know it's temperature. G forces in all axis, torque split, instant mpg, aggregate mph, gear efficiency, tire pressures, you name it, it's all there. The car keeps up with maintenance as well. The creature comforts are nice with auto dimming mirrors. Mine is a premium so it has a great nav, heated seats, and some other BS. You definitely get your fix as far as toys. The bluetooth connection with my iphone works very well and has less road noise than average according to those I've chatted with so far.
Economy coming home was commendable. At 70-75 mph the car was averaging 25 mpg per the MFD. Bump that up to nearly 80 mph and it drops to 22-23 however I find that completely acceptable.
Overall I'm very happy with the purchase. This car fits me and my interests a good bit better than the Z06, however I will miss that car. It was great in it's simplicity and the shape oozed sex. There are some cheesy parts but the overall combination of speed, reliability, and low price point cannot be beaten in this segment.
Still no great pics. Hopefully I get somebody who doesn't suck like me to come get a few good ones