I've been lurking on here for a while now and I have a dilemma on which I'd like R8talk's perspective. I currently have a deposit down on an incoming '14 GT-R which is set to arrive sometime next month. After driving a close friend's '11 R8 5.2 Spyder I'm really second guessing the purchase, especially seeing the updated '14 R8 in magazine articles. Either car will have to serve duty as a semi-daily driver (2 or 3 days a week) and I'm concerned that an R8 V10 might be too flashy and exotic for such use. I love the idea of a traditional manual, and the roar of the V10 is intoxicating. The R8 is every bit as sexy as the GT-R is homely. But I'm a relatively young owner for either car (still finishing school) and that kind of attention seems like it would get old really fast. Fuel cost and insurance for the R8 would probably be considerably higher than in the Nissan, in addition to the initial purchase price. And even though the GT-R's back seat is more of just a novelty, it's always nice to have if the need arises. Then there's the elephant in the room- although the R8 is certainly no slouch, a loaded 5.2 Plus will be $70k more than an undeniably quicker GT-R.
I'm really stuck. The idea of an R8 makes my heart pound, but my brain tells me that the GT-R is the more practical car for my needs.
Does anybody on here have experience with both vehicles?
I'd love for current owners to weigh in.