2013 Nissan GT-R Black Edition Long-Term Update 4
40 Hours in the Stanley Cup
Back in March, I promised to return to Arizona in my long-term Subaru Impreza to watch the Cincinnati Reds take on the Arizona Diamondbacks in late August.
"You're going to Phoenix?" editor-in-chief Edward Loh asked when he heard of my plans. "You want to take the GT-R?"
If he had offered any other vehicle in our fleet I would have responded, "No, thanks. I want to put some miles on the Subaru and write an update about the trip." But the GT-R is not just any other vehicle. This is the car we call the Stanley Cup.
In a display of his largesse, Ed has vowed that everyone on the Motor Trend staff will enjoy a chunk of seat time in the majestic white GT-R, much like each members of the NHL Champions L.A. Kings got to spend a day with Lord Stanley's cup to celebrate in their own personal way.
This was my time with the Cup.
"Hell yes, I do." I said and scrapped my hatchback plans.
I departed early Tuesday and marveled at the sad legions of cars making their way into Los Angeles for their morning commute. Luckily, I was heading the opposite direction and the road was relatively clear.
The free and open road is a good way to add points to your license and lose a good chunk of change when driving the GT-R, so I set the cruise control and aimed east. I allowed myself to enjoy short bursts of the Nissan's ridiculous horsepower when I had to pass slow-moving trucks. You never saw someone more excited about coming upon a tractor-trailer. I'd establish myself behind the truck. Signal. Switch lanes and accelerate enough to get beside the tractor-trailer into the driver's view. After all, he deserved to see what was going to happen next. Then boom! I'd lay on the accelerator and before I knew it I was all alone again with the truck long gone behind me. Resume cruising speed until the next victim.
The GT-R does need refueling more frequently than my Subaru, but the fuel breaks coincided nicely with when I needed to stretch my legs and back. The GT-R has plenty of driver's leg room, but something about the ride or seats caused me some serious back pain after too long. Small price to pay.
I rolled into Phoenix well before game time to get settled and rest up before heading out into the 108-degree heat. Side note: 108 degrees feels like being in a dryer. Thankfully the games were indoors at Chase Field, a well-air-conditioned palace with free Wi-Fi. Really, you can't top free Wi-Fi in a stadium. It should be the law.
The Reds won both games to complete the sweep and pad their lead in the NL Central. After the final out on Wednesday afternoon it was time to head home, driving into the late afternoon sun on I-10. My sunglasses and the sun visor were my two best friends on the route back.
The GT-R gets attention wherever you take it, but my hat's off to the youth of Banning, California. Two different carloads of admirers gave me enthusiastic thumbs-up and the gentleman manning the drive-thru window at Carl's Jr. was very impressed. It was the extra bit of motivation I needed to get me home the last 100 miles. After missing my exit to continue on the I-10 near Beaumont, I took a harrowing detour down to the Moreno Valley via California 60. Thankfully I was in a car that eats up mountain roads. I was able to re-join the 10 and barely lost any time. I arrived in South Pasadena just before 11 p.m., tired as hell. I got up early to get to the car wash. You can't give the Stanley Cup back dirty. It's disrespectful.
|Service life||5 months/11,182 miles|
|Average fuel economy||12.9 mpg|
|CO2 emissions||1.50 lb/mi|
|Energy consumption||261 kW-hr/100mi|
|Maintenance cost||$212.00 (1 x oil change, inspection)|