Nissan GTR 24 rental: The Full Writeup + Video

This past week I received arguably one of the best birthday gifts to date, twenty four hours with a 2013 Nissan GTR and a GoPro to document it.

Nissan GTR 24 rental: The Full Writeup + Video

I'll address the logistics first. My girlfriend booked the rental through Club Sportiva, an exotic car club/rental venue with a few locations in California. Picking up and dropping off the car was easy as can be and included a quick overview of the status of the car, a test drive with an employee to learn all the functions/toys and signing my life away in the event the car is involved in an accident . Pricing is not the greatest; although I would recommend purchasing extra mileage up front (it's also cheaper). We opted for 175 miles instead of the usual 100, which was well worth it.

Nissan GTR 24 rental: The Full Writeup + Video

For those that know the SF/Bay Area, I took the car on a jaunt out to Santa Cruz via HWY 9, bear creek rd and Skyline Blvd. There I was able to test the handling and acceleration in speeds of 30-?? Mph (… use your imagination) on the very sharp corners and changing elevation. The car handles like it is on rails. That phrase is commonly abused, but I found myself nearly flying out the window before any sign of traction control kicked in. It was like a roller coaster and I desperately needed a break for lunch and breath of fresh air after an hour of twisty roads.

Nissan GTR 24 rental: The Full Writeup + Video

After lunch we set out on HWY1 Northbound towards SF/Half Moon Bay. For those that know it, HWY1 is a scenic road alongside the Pacific with lots of sweeping turns and immaculately maintained pavement (in some locations…). With more open space, I set the car to race suspension and race AWD drivetrain management. The car really livened up at that point; provide a much stiffer and more controlled ride while better utilizing the turbo boost and not demanding upshifts. I did a few rolling 4-60mph sprints and one launch and man this car glues you to the seats. That WOOOOSH feeling is intoxicating and I pulled more than a few high-speed passes in the opposing traffic lane. In more than one instance, I saw people waving and grinning from ear to ear as I passed them, egging me on. Where it really astonishes, is in the 35-90mph range that goes by in the blink of an eye. Literally. It takes off like a space shuttle.

Nissan GTR 24 rental: The Full Writeup + Video

The car is such a joy to cruise in, easily picking up speed and hugging the corners. I assure you; you will hit your personal limits before the car even begins to break a sweat. I won't comment on a top speed, but as you can imagine I had this rental on a weekday and moments with absolutely zero traffic for miles. This space shuttle achieved liftoff.

Nissan GTR 24 rental: The Full Writeup + Video

Around town, the car is rather docile and provides a smooth ride (relative to the FRS) with a definite sense of occasion you want in a car like this. Downshifting and blipping the throttle brought smiles to all around me and I was happy to provide that thrill. Only true gearheads understand this car, and for that you avoid some of the Ferrari/Lambo/Porsche hate since it looks rather commonplace for some people.

Now to address the negatives. The car doesn't feel as fast as it is. My FRS feels fast putt-putting around at 45-60, and that is part of the charm of it. The GTR gets you into trouble quickly and without even realizing it. It also isn't as loud as I would have liked. I tend to prefer a more raw, burble-like exhaust.

I'll leave you with a GoPro video of a few select moments in the trip. I apologize since I just received this GoPro and this is my first video, sans mount, etc. I will definitely get more views/perspectives and outside car footage next time! Make sure to set it to HD. Let me know if you have any more questions, I'm happy to answer all I can.