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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

10 Favorite Cars Over 10 Years


Executive Editor Roger Hart marked his 10 year anniversary at AutoWeek by putting out his list of his 10 favorite cars.

And in going through my list, I realized some of the cars I loved, while being great cars, are on the list as much for the driving experience and where I drove them as for the actual car itself.

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Nissan Skyline GT-R: Japanese manufacturers rarely let American journalists drive their products on the road in Japan. Steering wheels are on the wrong side, and traffic is often oppressive and road signs can be confusing. But that didn't stop Nissan from offering up drives in NISMO-developed Skyline GT-Rs, a car never sold in the United States. This was shortly after the new GT-R had been announced, and Nissan wanted to give American journalists a chance to see what all the hoopla was about. They turned us loose in these high-horsepower, right-hand-drive rockets. This was basically a race car, with a balanced and blue-printed engine with a race clutch and gearbox, lowered suspension and performance tires. The drive route was in a resort area with Mount Fuji in the distance. After a few minutes, I understood what all the hoopla was about.

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Pretty cool that he included the Nissan Skyline GT-R on his list of his 10 favorite cars to drive.  Not many people in the US have had the opportunity to drive one.

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