Couped up

One way to make sure Trini reads this site is to throw in something about the Nissan GT-R, which is hitting dealerships even now at a price that will make your nose bleed. Car and Driver actually managed to hook up its test gear to one of Nissan’s engineering mules, and they titled their review “Big, Heavy, and Incredible.” I was reading over the spec sheet, and one number jumped out at me: 232 cubic inches (3.8 liters), within 2 cc of the Ford Essex V6 that had been dropped into my old Mercury Cougar. So how does today’s oversized two-door compare to the oversized two-door of twenty-five years ago? We’ve got numbers:


  • Cougar: 120 hp @ 3600 rpm
  • GT-R: 480 hp @ 6400 rpm

Zero to sixty:

  • Cougar: 11 seconds
  • GT-R: 3.3 seconds

Top speed:

  • Cougar: 105 mph (though speedo quits at 85)
  • GT-R: 191 mph

Gas mileage:

  • Cougar: 16 mpg
  • GT-R: 16 mpg

Price (2008 dollars):

  • Cougar: $23,050
  • GT-R: $70,475

Oh, well, you can’t lose them all.


  1. Tat »

    3 April 2008 · 5:22 pm

    What, the shoe blogging is of no interest for her?

  2. CGHill »

    3 April 2008 · 7:40 pm

    Not much, actually.

  3. Tatyana »

    3 April 2008 · 9:25 pm

    Then what are you waiting for? A rare find.

  4. CGHill »

    3 April 2008 · 9:41 pm

    I have a certain resistance to spending as much for a car as I spent for my house. (Actually, given the severely-limited availability of this little speed demon, and the inevitable “market adjustments” made by the dealers, it probably costs a lot more than my house.)

  5. SnoopyTheGoon »

    4 April 2008 · 6:50 am

    Mmm… lots of testosterone and lots of burned rubber. And gas. If it appeals to one, it is a good choice, I guess.

  6. CGHill »

    4 April 2008 · 7:41 am

    I have this strange belief that traveling from Point A to Point B ought not to be boring. And this happy condition can be achieved even in reputed estrogenmobiles like the VW New Beetle.

  7. Tat »

    4 April 2008 · 8:39 am

    [C, I meant Trini. Cars don’t interest me]

  8. CGHill »

    4 April 2008 · 8:48 am

    Nothing going to happen on that front, you may be certain.

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