It’s 2020…. barely and I’m lying to myself yet again. Most people’s New Years resolution is to eat less crap or cut the booze for a little while. But not me I rarely drink and food makes me happy , my goal was to save money and avoid high-performance cars. I’ll never forget watching videos on YouTube of the V8 R8, a car I’ve always had a love affair with. I remember at 20 just before I got my first Audi RS4 telling my father I was going to have an R8 one day soon. The memories came flooding back and I saw one on autotrader at under £30k. It was Daytona grey, manual and looked fantastic. A rare stroke of hard work and financial timing meant I had the cash to hand should I lack the restraint to walk away. I’m not a spiritual guy by any means but I like to think the universe gives you a hint every once in a while , other times it kicks you in the balls.
Anyway I managed to get both. The R8 was sold and I was offered another with better spec and lower mileage , of course it was more money. This car sold too so that was the end of it. They had an R35 GT-R in stock too which I deliberately avoided because running costs petrified me. Anyway you’ll see a pattern emerge the silver CBA GT-R also sold rather quickly. At this point I was feeling the universe repeatedly stamping on my groin and telling me not to buy things. However …. a keen salesman calls me saying they’ve a 2015 GT-R coming into stock as you can see by the pictures. My memory is a little hazy but I’m sure it had around 40,000 miles on it, Litchfield stage 1 software new brakes on the rear and 1 owner from new. We started at a big number of around £41,000 (no I have no idea how I got in this situation either). The salesman and I went back and forth all day long endlessly pissing about with numbers , tweaking deposits and where I wanted to be monthly to make it work. I’m sure I offered a deposit of £15,000 at first which quickly became £18,000 it was all getting out of hand really.
I think with a £15,000 deposit we were somewhere in the region of £580 a month, I can’t remember exactly I was likely hyperventilating somewhere. Anyway the “best” haggling I could muster saw the number down to around £38,000 total for the car. But the finance company the dealership used wasn’t FCA (financial conduct authority) registered. So my “safe” idea of a large deposit lower monthly payments and savings leftover for “GT-R” emergencies as I now call them, was out of the question. I’m sure the best I got the monthly payment down to was around £500 per month. However a new type of finance which works similar to a PCP but without the balloon payment , the term is 96 months or something daft. So basically the car would’ve cost me £63,000 by the time I’d paid for it and it would’ve been worth less than half that in 8 years time. I spent all day on the phone getting more and more stressed and for good reason I pulled the plug. The GT-R was a car I never meant to own because of their at times Herculean running costs. Never mind being tied to one for 8 years and a paying a damn mortgage-sized lump every month.
The R35 platform as I know it is immensely capable and they’re rocket ships. However I don’t think a stage 1 car without the V6 symphony (stock exhaust fitted) would’ve been enough for me anyway. I’ll be blunt I would’ve been too poor to run it , too poor to modify it and therefore far to poor to enjoy it at all. It’s my proudest dodged bullet to date. The example was gorgeous and I did have some walk around videos, although the numbers were crippling it cemented my want for a Nissan GT-R. I still get a kick out of walking past mine on the drive every morning and to purchase one at 24 feels a bit ridiculous if I’m honest. It’s also easier to enjoy these cars when you’re not paying a vast sum just to own it, enabling some money to be spent improving it and adding personal touches. This all adds to the experience of owning a supercar-killer.