Nissan?s R35 GT-R continues to whip up a storm of desire as it works its way around the globe. So good is this Japanese supercar, that Porsche are rumoured to have purchased their very own GT-R, in an effort to learn what makes it so fast and so competent.
UK performance car enthusiasts seem to have just as big a case of GT-R fever as the rest of us. With the official order book opened on the 2nd of April, Nissan in the UK are reporting that they already have around 700 deposits from customers, reserving their place in the queue.
?The dealer order line lit-up on the 2 April with an unprecedented amount of orders being placed. Waiting lists are not unusual to have for a vehicle of such high performance, specification and value but there is a limit that people will be prepared to wait. In order to meet demand we are now starting to negotiate vigorously with Nissan Europe to secure further volume from our production facility in Tochigi Japan,? said Paul Willcox, Managing Director Nissan Motor (GB) Limited
Unfortunately, production of the GT-R involves hand assembly of the drivetrain and hand finishing of the body, which prevents the production line being ?wound-up? for greater volumes. It is a strictly 1,000 unit per month operation, which will see many dealers around the world forced to wait patiently in the face of overwhelming demand.
When it eventually arrives in the UK, the GT-R will be available in three levels of trim, Base, Premium Edition and Black Edition. All variants share the same drivetrain and vary mainly in the level of kit provided. Prices will start from ?52,900 for the Base variant.
What this huge demand means for the eventual Australian delivery of the GT-R is not known. At this stage we are hoping to see the GT-R hit local Nissan dealers during 2009, with pricing estimated to begin somewhere North of $AUD150,000.