They are definitely very fast with little mods and very easy to drive. However, they are not a driver's car. Everyone can drive a GTR fast because of AWD, paddle shifters and launch control. No one gives the driver much respect because of that reason. Plus, they are very heavy and don't feel as nimble in the handling department compared to a Viper. I'll be looking to buy one for a daily driver in about a year. Put it this way, for a daily driver, I would get one, but for a weekend fun car, Viper all the way.
I had a Gen 4, sold it and bought a 2013 GTR. The GTR is an amazing car. It's great being able to destroy everyone, everywhere without breaking a sweat. With that said...it gets old pretty quick. It's like playing on an 8 foot hoop. Too easy. I bought it thinking that I would daily drive it, but then I ended up working from home and didn't really drive it that much. And then when I took it out "for a drive" it wasn't very fun. Fast, but not involving. Sold it a few months later. Another friend of mine (who has a 2009 ACR) used to have a 1000 hp GTR, which he said was "boring." He tried to warn me, but I didn;t listen. Wanted to see for myself. So, I wouldn't try to put anyone off of buying one because they are monsters....and if you're like me...and you just have to say that you had one...then go buy it. But what you hear about the GTR is true. It's not a drivers car....although I didn't really feel like the Viper was a drivers car either. They are both very serious cars. They definitely have that in common. Those are both beastly but in different ways.
Why don't you feel that the vipers a "drivers" car? I think that is the first time I have ever heard that. I feel very much that it is.
This is very funny. I only say this because I actually was very close to trading my 99 ACR for a GTR. Allow me to explain.
First my background. Before owning my Viper, I owned two Supra’s, both producing over 1,100whp. Loved those cars. Decided to leave the Supra’s and go for my first American big displacement car due to the fact I was sick of having to run race gas to make more than 600whp. Went with the Viper as I have always liked them.
I’ve owned my Viper for 2 years now. I have to say it is the most enjoyment I have ever received from driving a sports automobile. I know for a fact this is due to it being a driver’s car. No aids, no help, very little to no room for error. I like that challenge and it is very rewarding once you tame the Viper.
I decided to look in to the GTR. Took my car to a near by Nissan dealership, they offered me $45,000 on my Viper towards their GTR. I test drove the GTR. I kid you not, after 10 min of driving it, I made a U-Turn and took it back.
Like others have stated, the GTR does everything perfect, in my situation, too perfect. It doesn’t have the driver machine connection you get from a true manual transmission car. It has too many aids and even with all of them turned off, for me I just couldn’t get passed the paddle shifting and knew that I would eventually be driving the GTR in automatic.
Great car, just not for me. Now if you are one of those guys looking to street race Underground Racing Lambos and big power cars on the street and the Texas mile, the GTR is for you. However if you are looking for a driving enjoyment between man and machine, I would stay away from it. Go test drive one if you haven’t.
My brother has a full bolt on E85 2010 GTR. The car is a rocket to 130mph and there isn't much that can touch it below 100mph. That said, it does nothing for me. I don't find them particularly attractive and I don't care what anyone says, flappy paddle gearboxes are BORING. The car never threatens to swap ends, never loses traction, and literally requires nothing more than the push of your right foot and a few flicks of the paddles for anyone to be fast in it. There is no challenge, no beast to master. My car will spin the tires at 80mph, my traction control is my right foot, my stability control is my hands and right foot, and my DCT is my right hand and left foot. This is the experience I want from a car. Me controlling it and learning to master it. There is nothing to learn in the GTR.
GTR is great.... BUT
Do some research on the parts and labor.... /bendover and take it. It makes the Viper look like an econobox. 15k for brakes. 20K plus for a new ******. IMPORT ****. Worse than Porsche maintenance. Once you lose the warranty is /wave at your money. Cause its going bye bye.
I can think of a bunch of other cars I'd rather dump 70K+ on.
Oh.. and their F;in Ugly.
I own a 2010. You can get brakes for less than half that easily. ****** is expensive, but can also be had for half that price. If you go through the dealership for parts, you're going to get ****ed. Plain and simple. The replacement parts from vendors are cheaper and are often upgrades. It's not cheap, but not Italian-like either. You can purchase an extended warranty, like I did, and save any possible future headaches. With all the electronics on the car, I'd advise it. You can get a 60mo/60k complete coverage warranty for around $2240. If you want more years/miles, you can get that too. The famous transmission issues are primarily from the first year 2009 models. They are far more reliable after 2009.
These cars have very underrated handling, much like the Viper. Neither car is just a straight line dragster, contrary to popular belief.
Zee, I replied to your post already on the GTR forum. Again, these cars don't really have the exotic/muscle car feel.. If you're looking for just a weekend fun car, I'd keep the Viper or look for somewhere else. But their performance is as good as it gets.