But today, I feel I can no longer call myself a car nut, and I have the 2009 Nissan GT-R to blame. The entire automotive world is buzzing over this car. Edmunds Inside Line has no less than 15 articles covering it. Sure this is the spiritual successor to the legendary Skyline series that has been the wet dream of every American car enthusiast for almost two decades. Yet, I don't care. Sure it is fast, and it can run laps of the Nürburgring's Nordschleife as fast as a 911 Turbo and sure it has brake rotors nearly the size of manhole covers. Yet, I don't care.
So why don't I care? Much to my self-realizing dismay, it is totally irrelevant in my life right now, as are most high performance cars. I work from home, so I don't have any kind of commute that could be made more entertaining by a sports car. 95% of the time I am driving, it is with either my wife or two year old daughter in the car, so spirited driving is not appropriate. Priorities for me now are a roomy vehicle that is comfortable and safe. My Nissan Murano currently fills that role, but I am already looking for my next "family vehicle." The Buick Enclave holds the honor of my top pick at the current time. It is luxurious, roomy and library quiet (I have grown to hate wind and tire noise). My wife can't believe it, and I still can't believe it myself, I am 38 and I am lusting after a Buick! Never say never I guess.
I guess I will just have to wait about 20 years or so until I have a midlife crisis to want a high-performance car again. In the meantime, I can live vicariously through everyone else who is going to comment on this and laugh at me. Too bad QuietTuning will keep me from hearing them.
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