TOKYO — Nissan Motor Co.'s $70,000 sports car has been shrouded in secrecy for the past six years. Even key people inside the company are now startled to see the degree to which Nissan has suited up to battle such giants as the Porsche 911 Turbo and Chevrolet Corvette Z06.
"We're just hearing the details on this project with the rest of you," acknowledged Peter Bedrosian, the car's North American product manager, as he stood among automotive journalists from Bulgaria, South Africa and Russia at a press event here during the Tokyo auto show.
The GT-R — which delivers a blistering 480 hp — will go on sale in the United States next June.
Nissan's American dealers will hear details from the company for the first time this week. They have generally known since 2005 that the top-end sports car was coming. But little about the project has leaked out.