Originally Posted by Dragon
Yes, cost is one. Of course, the new Skyline is going to have great performance, but performance isn`t everything for a sports car.
The Skyline is basically like a Corvette in the USA. Great performance at a cheap (or should I say, reasonable) price. Maybe they can go just as fast as the Porsche, but things like fit and finish, quality of materials, quality of engine (not just performance numbers), etc are all in a different league.
Not saying the Skyline is a bad car. Just in my opinion it isn`t a car to be directly compared to a Porsche unless you are just comparing performance numbers.
I think the GTR will be a much different animal than the 'Vette, handling for one. True, I agree that the fit and finish MAY not be as good, but we have to wait and see, since Nissan sees this car as something of a showcase. Now as to the "quality" of the engine.. do you mean that the Porsche is more 'bombproof' than the Nissan's? And as for technology, this car will be packed to the proveribial gills with it, and in this case I would say with a higher degree of confidence that the Nissan is playing in a different league. I drove the last model Skyline and my goodness it was wonderful...
Originally Posted by LSeca
The Skyline may be a nice car and great performance, but it will never be a Porsche. Just like the Supra TT, last gen RX-7, and NSX, the car will not be very a hot seller two or three years after inrtoduction in the American market. I would think it would last 5 years or so before being discontinued here. Performance to value ratio, unfortunately, does not help sell these type of cars like prestige will.
That may be so, we shall have to see because the new Japanese cars seem to be coming into thier own design wise, no longer apeing the Italians or Germans. But the 'prestige' element I totally agree with you. I personally don't buy a car or some other thing because of what people will think of me, I buy because I like it.