Originally Posted by LarThaL
The GTR is quintessential Japanese it its design philosophy in that it is completely utilitarian, and not at all artistic. So, yes, I believe the cup holders work well. In fact, the entire car is completely masterful in its execution as an instrument for ultimate speed. It fails in the artistic execution of things. Most high-end cars give at least some thought to this.
For me, the subjective is just as important, if not more than the objective. I am not a pro race car driver so obtaining the fastest lap times on a given track is not even remotely important to me. I drive for the fun of it. That obviously includes a certain amount of absolute performance capability in a car (which the M3 does provide), but also, the looks, the feel, the sounds, aesthetically pleasing environment, comforts, etc.
My other life long hobby has been alpine skiing. I really couldn't care less about racing skiis, or which skiis have had the best success on the World Cup Circuit. I like to ski wide open bowls, trees, and powder and bumps. Sure I want a high level ski, but the fastest ski on the market just wouldn't suit the type of skiing that gives me the most enjoyment.
Still, for those who are hell bent on owning the biggest and baddest, the GTR certainly is up there. And when did this turn into another GTR thread anyway !!??
The point of this thread is that our opinions and preference about cars (or for anything else for that matter) is just like an asshole - everyone has one. What is beauty to you is utilitarian to me and someone else. It's the same reason art is interpreted different by different people. Nothing wrong with that all, it's what makes the world a great place.
I salute all the artists and engineers who find a way to stay true to their own beliefs, yet able to make the compromises that are mandatory to make any car marketable. At this level the competition is fierce; to be able to squeeze out better performance from year to year and stay within reach of mere mortals like me is what I respect and admire about an engineering/marketing team.