Having gotten into a little discussion of the merits of fine Italian sports car the other night with my friend Tarek, we continued our conversation via e-mail. I was praising the larger and oft-forgotten Ferraris, the 599 and the 612, while simultaneously admitting the superiority of the Gallardo LP560-4 over the F430 (but not the 430 Scud). Tarek, on the other hand was all about the Lambos. So I decided to educate him a bit on the 612, for starters. After I did this, I might have, just maybe, said something about my distaste for the Murcielago. Big mistake on my part. Tarek’s eloquent and loquacious response is after the jump.
Nissan has finally heard our pleas. For most of us, the Nissan GT-R was a little on the slow side. It’s barely faster than a Porsche 911 Turbo and it only manages to tie the 430 Scuderia around the Top Gear test track. Weak sauce.
Well fear no more, dear reader, because the new “Spec V” is here and now Godzilla (pronounced “Godzirra” in its home country) has added a bunch of lightness. Colin Chapman, may he rest in peace, still wouldn’t be thrilled with a car weighing significantly more than 3000 lbs, but it’s a start considering the standard GT-R weighs 3836 thunderous lbs. We don’t have exact power specs on the new Spec V, but we do know that the back seats have been replaced with floor mats, that there are splatterings of carbon fibre everywhere, that carbon ceramic brakes are fitted, a titanium exhaust will make things sound more rumbly, and a boost controller can give you a little more mid- and upper-range torques. Sounds simple enough. But do these relatively minor, and mostly cosmetic, modifications justify a price twice that of the standard GT-R? If you want a Nissan that can hunt down Gumberts, Ascaris, and Koenigseggs, then yes.
UPDATE: Two new bits of info: The Spec V sheds a total of 132 lbs compared to the standard GT-R and the boost controller will give the car an increase of 15 torques for 80 seconds to improve overtaking maneuvers.
The official looking and sounding Press Release as well as some sweet pics, after the jump.
It’s December – actually the first December for CarEnvy, and that gives us a unique opportunity: we can be more detached and objective than any other site or magazine because we haven’t driven any of the contenders here. While you might think it odd that we’re giving awards to cars we haven’t driven, you probably haven’t driven them either, and following the industry is beyond an obsession for us so we do have a good idea of what’s good, what’s bad, and what we want. We here at CarEnvy don’t have the luxury of manufacturer invites to press days, but that hasn’t stopped us yet. When the day comes for us to attend such press events, we’ll give you the perspective of the youngest, most Canadian, and most honest individuals around. Until we’re in the shoes of Jeremy, James, and Richard, you’re going to have to make do with our opinions as armchair analysts. Besides, you don’t have to drive a car to want it more than anything.
CarEnvy is about just that, lusting after gorgeous sheetmetal and intoxicating engine sounds. So we’ve decided to find you the most desirable and important cars to hit the streets in 2008 – the Cars Of The Year (COTY). This is not from the perspective of which car is the best to drive or which one handles the best, because we have little first-hand experience. This is a list of winners (and contenders) from eight separate categories based on which one we want the most. Beers were consumed and hours were spent discussing which car would make us the envy of our neighbours and which would have us nursing a semi just by sitting in the drivers seat.
The criteria are simple. The winning car in each category must
- Be desirable
- Be very desirable
- Be more desirable than its competitors without regard for practicality or price (unless needed to break a tie)
- Be sold in Canada in 2008 (but not if #1 and #2 are overwhelming)
- Be cars. We aren’t called TruckEnvy or SUVEnvy.
Madames et Monsieurs, put your hands together for the inaugural CarEnvy COTY Awards.