TOKYONissan Motor Co. has entered the world of testosterone-fueled supercars with the unveiling here today of its new GT-R sports car.
The cars expected $67,000 price tag will double the price of the brands current sportscar offering, the 350Z, and triple the price of its best-selling Altima family sedan.
The GT-R will reach U.S. dealerships next June with a new 480-horsepower engine, specially designed 20-inch racing tires, and two extra coats of paint. The cars uniquely designed powertrain system rests the engine over the front axle and the transmission over the rear axle in order to dampen vibration at speeds of up to 180 miles an hour.
It will require U.S. dealer service technicians to travel to Japan for two weeks of training to become certified to work on the model.
An automaker that was on the doorstep of bankruptcy seven years ago, Nissan has been developing the GT-R under closely guarded security for the past four years. Today at the Tokyo Motor Show today, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn introduced the GT-R as Nissans new technology flagship.
This is no mere muscle car, Ghosn told a crowded audience of mostly Asian and European journalists here. We wanted to make a car that stretched our engineering abilities to the limit.
As far as sales go, the GT-R will barely make a blip on Ghosns global three-year push for 600,000 new Nissan sales. The Japanese production line created to build the GT-R will only turn out 30 to 50 cars a daya capacity of just 12,000 globally.
But Ghosn believes the supercar will stimulate sales floor traffic in Nissan dealerships around the world. He said the company has already sold out the first three months worth of GT-R production, and orders are coming from markets as far-flung as Russia and Qatar.
U.S. pricing on the car has not been announced.