In 2015 I have had the privilege of driving more cars than ever before. It’s been a great year and I’m grateful to all the manufacturers and press officers who made it possible. I don’t usually participate in all this COTY stuff because all the motors are different: differently designed for different people for different purposes to cater for different needs, seen differently.
Rather selfishly, when I write a car review it is based solely on what I think and it is the reader’s prerogative to disagree with me. Therefore I base my opinion on what I want from a car and what I want first and foremost from my wheels is driver enjoyment. This explains my personal choice: The Nissan GT-R.
I know it’s a daft selection in these days of crappy roads, yawning health & safety and rife regulation but I can’t help it. The Nissan GT-R has been my personal fave in 2015. Yes, it looks like a slab of slate; the interior can’t match the glamour of the Italian supercars and it’s got a Nissan badge on it which, in the eyes of some, is a detraction. They are wrong. You can read the review here.
Out on the road this car just monsters everything yet it feels safe and planted. I experienced a moment of motoring Nirvana at one point on a long, sweeping, S-bend at high speed. The experience was exhilarating, there’s no other word for it. There are plenty of fine handling sports cars out there but, for me in 2015, the GT-R was the most complete driver’s car – and it doesn’t cost a fortune either. One day…
First up next year is a pair of splendid cars from Jaguar Land Rover. A bit further down the road will be the new V10 Audi R8. Will that prove to be my favourite in 2016 or are there surprises in store? We’ll see.
Many thanks to all the people who have taken the trouble to read my ramblings over the past year. The good news is that your numbers are growing every week and I do appreciate it.
Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year. Back in 2016.
Geoff Maxted @ DriveWrite