Fighting Words For Friday

Human beings are, for the most part, tribal and that’s OK–IMO–because that’s how we evolved. Most people are motivated by self-interest most of the time and that’s OK–again, IMO–because that’s part of our survival instinct. HOWEVER, like all paradigms those are not always appropriate. Devising a life strategy that looks out for one’s self and loved ones without screwing over others sounds easy, but it’s not always. Knowing when one must deviate from normal behavior, however that is defined, might be the most difficult part of being human. Oh, I can’t stand the bromide “We’re all in this together.” In reality, that is usually not true and is just a flimsy rationale for ceding freedom to monolithic government.

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I have a thought experiment. Think how elegantly sober quiets unruly actors’ delinquency.

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When they can, people vote with their feet. From this Why Evolution Is True post from today:

 

“As I [Jerry Coyne] reported recently, there’s a mass exodus of draft-age Russian men from their country, either avoiding being called up in the new mobilization of 300,000 reservists, or fear that they will be called up in a second and universal mobilization.

 

Turkey already was among the countries that received a large exodus of Russians at the beginning of the Ukraine invasion. Many were fleeing the crackdown at home, including the criminalization of dissent, with speaking out against the invasion or even calling it a war now carrying serious penalties. Others worried about the impact of international sanctions and Russia’s growing isolation on the economy and their jobs.

Now, a new wave may be beginning, and while the exact scope of it was not immediately clear, the rush for plane tickets and the long lines of cars at the borders were indications that the prospects of an expanded conscription have alarmed a swath of Russian society.”

 

Tell me again why it’s good for government “leaders” to have unchecked power.

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I have seen a few of these around here lately.

 

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In case you don’t know, or even if you do, this is a Nissan GT-R. If I had continued the Hall of Very Good Cars series this would have been included.

While I don’t think it’s an ugly car, it’s not the looks that earned its inclusion and it is true that if it were more stunning in appearance to me it might have been an Ultimate Garage car. It is the car’s drivetrain that is most impressive, IMO.

In current base spec–although Nissan is no longer selling the car in many markets due to new government regulations–the 3.8 liter/232 cubic-inch, twin-turbo V6 produces 565 HP/467 LB-FT of torque. The GT-R is also all-wheel drive. In 2019 Nissan produced just 50 units of a special model called, not surprisingly, the GT-R50. Using the same engine, but with larger diameter turbochargers, a heavy-duty bottom end and modified intake/exhaust, output was increased to 711 HP/575 LB-FT. Godzilla, indeed!

As for the future of the GT-R, let’s get it straight from Hiroshi Tamura, long-time head of Nissan’s sports car program.

 

“A case study [about electrifying the GT-R] has already started. Actually it has started so many times – again and stop, again and stop – but the point is, it depends on customers’ motivation and feeling. Are they going to chase something like that?”

 

Many industry observers believe that Nissan’s next top of the line sports car, whether it’s actually called the GT-R or something else (the R36?), will be a hybrid, but probably not a pure EV. As Tamura said, he’s not sure customers in this market segment want an all-electric vehicle and he believes battery and motor technology needs to get smaller and lighter to be more suitable for a sports car, in order not to compromise its weight and handling.

I would very much like to drive a GT-R although I seriously doubt I will ever own one. (I’d settle for the Z06 nightmare to be over so I can be paid what I’m owned on the trade for the Mustang GT.) Have any of you ever driven one? We would like to read your impressions.

 

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Wandering Wednesday

Do you pay attention to post titles? Do you think I overdo it with alliterative titles like today’s?

 

I offer some more posts from Why Evolution Is True:

Lessons from a free-speech victory

Ivermectin: still horsewash

ACLU admits it screwed up by changing Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s words

When commitment to diversity far outweighs teaching and research in a biology job

 

A madness has descended upon the developed world.

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This CNBC piece by Ron Insana is about China’s central bank making all cryptocurrency-related activities illegal. Insana thinks other countries will follow. From the article:

 

“Countries do not, and will not, let their institutions, or their currencies, fall by the wayside because an independent group of currency creators decides it must be so…China may be the first to ban bitcoin, and other currencies, but I am sure it won’t be the last.”

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This recent post from Exotic Car List is titled, “The 10 Best Used Sports Cars Under $75,000.” Given the price limit it should be no surprise that many of these cars are from the US. I mean, I can’t buy a used Ferrari 488 for even twice that amount, unless it’s wrecked.

Although the piece lists the C7 Corvette, I wanted to show this car:

 

Nissan GT-R

 

This is a Nissan GT-R and it is possible to find a used one for less than $75,000. I found three nationwide this morning that fit the bill and the highest mileage among them was 40,000-ish. Of course, contrary to the “reporting” in the article, all of these are at least 11 years old. The Exotic Car List piece refers to “2012-2016” as being “the sweet spot.”

The engine in a new 2010 GT-R had 485 HP/435 LB-FT of torque. The car could accelerate from 0-60 MPH in 3.5 seconds. Did I mention it’s all-wheel drive? It even has seating for four, technically.

I have never driven a GT-R of any iteration, but the version that began production in late 2007 sure reads like a great car. Yes, although the car’s been tweaked (the engine now produces 565 HP/465 LB-FT, for example), it’s almost 15 years old. Rumors abound that the next GT-R will be a hybrid and that it will be introduced for the 2023 or 2024 model year. That would put the introduction about the same time as the first Corvette hybrid, the E-Ray.

 

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Monday Musings 76

Hindsight is at least 20-20…I guess I should have posted yesterday as Disaffected Musings had the second highest number of views on a day without a post in its 3 1/2 year history. Oh well…

 

Without any elaboration I pass along this article from Hagerty about how to get even the worst smells out of a vehicle. OK, one interesting tidbit: the Hyundai Palisade has/had a known issue about an awful smell in vehicles with black or brown interiors with the Nappa “leather.”

The interior of my wonderful wife’s 2018 Corvette convertible in 3LT trim doesn’t smell all that great to me and I think it’s the leather. Of course, with the top down the smell is not noticeable. Some people still prefer vinyl or cloth interiors and I completely understand.

 

 

We need to take some photographs of our Corvettes in our new environment. I’m not sure why we haven’t, yet. Yesterday marked 37 weeks that we have lived in our Arizona house.

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The WordPress editor is working without a hitch today so here comes the media:

 

 

 

It is said that no two Nissan GT-R engines are exactly alike because they are all hand built. Hopefully, you can see the small plaque on the engine with the “signature” of the person who built this particular motor.

 

 

I think the C2 Corvette knock-off wheels are one of the absolute best-looking in automobile history. The side pipes don’t hurt the look of this car, either.

OK, this pair of photos is a “Before and After.” The second shot was taken at the tail end of a lightning flash. I don’t know how photographers get such vivid images of lightning. I guess that’s why they’re professionals and I’m not.

 

 

 

OK, I’m probably close to overdoing it, if I haven’t done so already.

 

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Dream Addendum

No, the post title does not refer to an addition to a sales contract where the seller agrees to give us a huge credit for home repairs AND throws the family Ferrari into the deal.

I had a very disturbing dream last night. I dreamt I was watching a woman in a funeral home being taken to view the remains of her husband or son or brother, I don’t know which. The funeral home employee opened a large door that led to a collection of long, rectangular metal boxes. The employee pulled one out and opened it, but instead of a funeral urn or body being visible what looked like the skeleton of an alien being appeared made of something that looked like wood, but was obviously not. Both women reacted with horror as did I; I woke up. WTF?

This is the second time in recent weeks that a rectangular metal box has featured in a dream. I am attributing the tone of these dreams to moving/virus stress, but the details remain inexplicable.

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While I was compelled to share that dream (OCD), let me offer something more pleasant. According to 365 Days Of Motoring, it was on this day in 2007 that Nissan announced the “new” GT-R. The car went on sale in Japan in December of 2007, but was not available in the US until July of 2008.

The GT-R has always been powered by a “hand-built” twin-turbo 3.8 liter (232 cubic inches for Bill Stephens) that now produces, the car is still being built, 565 HP/467 LB-FT of torque in base spec. In the Track Edition and NISMO versions, the output is 600 HP/481 LB-FT. The specialty GT-R50 engine produces 710 HP/575 LB-FT.

The car used to be a relative bargain among performance cars, especially one bordering on supercar status. With the NISMO MSRP now exceeding $200,000, it’s not so much of a bargain and, let’s face it, the car is a little long in the tooth. Still, it reads like it’s a hell of a car with all-wheel drive and great handling to go with its powerful engine. From Car Scoops a picture of a Nissan GT-R:

 

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A GT-R is not on my immediate “want to have” list, but I wouldn’t mind having one in my stable if I suddenly found myself orders of magnitude wealthier. Anyone have anything to offer on this car?

 

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Nissan GT-R

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From thetorquereport.com a picture of a 2018 Nissan GT-R. I confess it’s impossible for me to ascertain the model year of a GT-R.

Eleven years ago today at the Tokyo Motor Show the current rendition of the Nissan GT-R was unveiled. Given that time frame and the relative lack of updating, many car enthusiasts think this GT-R is long in the tooth. Of course, this current iteration is not the first car with the name GT-R. The first such cars were called the Skyline GT-R and they have quite a following; one could almost call it a cult.

 

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From autoevolution.com a picture of a Nissan Skyline GT-R from the 1990s. The first car with the GT-R name was actually produced from the late 1960s to the early 1970s. JDM Legends, a show on Velocity, seems to show almost nothing except Japanese cars from that time period. (JDM stands for Japanese Domestic Market.) Here is a photo of a 1970 Skyline GT-R from coches.com.

 

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Back to the present…I have shared these thoughts before, but I think the GT-R is an amazing vehicle even though I think that its relatively “low” price for the performance is somewhat misleading because the car’s maintenance costs are apparently excessive. A story from The Bristol Post in the UK says that a GT-R was pulled over by the police earlier this year after it was clocked at 167 MPH, which was the fastest speed recorded by any street car in the entire country from January, 2017 to May, 2018.

The GT-R is powered by a 3.8 liter (232 cubic inches for Bill Stephens) twin-turbo V-6 that produces a peak of 565 HP and 467 LB-FT of torque. (OK, who is this Bill Stephens I keep mentioning? He is a long-time automotive journalist and one of the hosts of Mecum Auto Auctions on NBCSN. He often protests when an engine displacement (size) is described in liters instead of cubic inches. Mr. Stephens, like the entire NBCSN crew that covers the auctions, is knowledgeable and entertaining.) The GT-R is an AWD car and, nominally, has four seats although I don’t know how comfortable it would be to ride in the back for a long trip. The base MSRP is just over $100,000, which is really not expensive for a car with this kind of performance. It will accelerate from 0-60 MPH in about 3 seconds, which is very quick, too quick for most drivers.

It seems as though a replacement for the current GT-R, if one will be produced at all, is at least three years away. The current Z car, the 370 Z, is also not new anymore. One wonders if Nissan plans to abandon performance cars completely.

 

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Monday Musings

Yet another photo of an AMC Javelin, this one a 1969 model. I took this picture yesterday at a local Cars & Coffee gathering. A photo from the rear actually looks a little better, but I didn’t want to show this car’s license plate. It wasn’t profane, but who knows who’s reading this. I really think this car is among the best looking American cars ever although I prefer the 1968 since that year doesn’t have the hood scoops.

Even if many of the cars were “excessively” customized for me, I was heartened by the large turnout and by the age of many of the people in attendance. I have never been to such a gathering and seen so many people in their 20s and 30s. I also don’t think I’ve ever seen so many Japanese cars in one place other than at an event dedicated to Japanese cars. Here’s one that always catches my eye:

Of course, that’s a Nissan GT-R, which has already been the subject of a post here. (https://disaffectedmusings.com/2018/03/27/godzilla/) I am quite curious as to what Nissan will do to “replace” this car. They can’t produce it forever in its current form. Perish the thought that cars like this go away; it’s bad enough that sedans are facing extinction under the onslaught of SUVs and pickup trucks.

My wonderful wife and I attended two Cars & Coffee events this weekend; in the one from which the pictures are shown here we were accompanied by her parents. One should never wish time away, but I am looking forward to my wonderful wife and I reaching the age where we can tap into our retirement money without penalty.

Godzilla!

From Nissan’s website a picture of the very formidable GT-R. This is one of the few cars where the drivetrain excites me more than the looks. I think it’s an attractive car, but the AWD and the powerful twin-turbo V6 pushing out 565 HP and 467 LB-FT of torque are very appealing. I know a couple who race their Porsches and are very dismissive of anything that isn’t a Porsche. They call the GT-R a “numbers car” meaning, I think, that it doesn’t have the right sound or something. Sorry, everyone is entitled to their opinion and my opinion is that the GT-R is a hell of a car.

Yes, I believe that this is not the first car to which the “Godzilla” nickname was applied. Still, I think the moniker fits. The GT-R is getting a little long in the tooth (as is the 370Z) and some of us are very curious to see how or if Nissan will replace the car. Enjoy it while it’s here.