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Nissan’s most expensive car, the legendary GT-R, will be priced just under $150,000, reports NICK DALTON.
NISSAN says the supercar will go on sale in April next year in two grades, the GT-R at $148,800 and the $152,800 GT-R Premium. Currently its dearest model is the Patrol 4.8 Ti Automatic at $76,990.
It will be available at a select group of 11 accredited Nissan High Performance Centre dealers.
The nearest to Cairns is at Mackay, where cashed-up fly-in and out mining workers are expected to splash out on the turbocharged weapon. The other Queensland dealers are in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast. Nissan expects to sell 200 versions next year.
The new Nissan GT-R supercar will be on show in Sydney for the first time when it takes centre stage at the 2008 Australian International Motor Show next week.
Nissan will begin a pre-sell program and take orders from the first day of the show on Thursday.
There will be a choice of six colours – Super Silver, Vibrant Red, Gun Metallic, Black Obsidian, Titanium and Ivory Pearl.
The supercar will feature true luxury performance equipment including a driver configurable Multi-Function Meter which can display lateral G-forces plus acceleration and braking performance among 11 data screens available.
The Premium grade adds smoke/grey forged 20in aluminium wheels, Nitrogen-filled Bridgestone Potenza run-flat tyres, ( over the standard model’s Dunlop SP Sport), a BOSE audio with 11 speakers and a 30 gigabyte hard drive and front black leather sports seats with red Alcantara inserts.
Each of the 11 dealers had to meet exacting standards including the allocation of dedicated GT-R sales and service staff, the installation of specific technical service monitors to communicate with the GT-R “black-box” data recorder and stocking nitrogen to maintain tyres.
The GT-R is powered by a hand-built twin-turbo VR38DETT 3.8-litre V6 engine delivering a mighty 353kW and 588Nm across a wide midrange expanse from 3200rpm to 5200rpm.
It also introduces the world’s first independent rear transaxle allwheel-drive system.
The GR6 sequential six-speed has paddle shift control for the dual clutch rear transaxle, while drive to the wheels is via the electronicallycontrolled ATTESA E-TS all-wheel-drive system.
Brembo Sports brakes are fitted all round, with six pistons in the front callipers and four at the rear. There are full-floating drilled rotors clamped by low steel high stiffness brake pads.
A Bilstein DampTronic suspension control system gives three selectable settings: Circuit, Normal and Comfort.
The 20in front wheels are shod with 255/40ZF 20 tyres while the rears are fitted with 285/35ZF 20s, with all tyre pressures monitored electronically.
An advanced hybrid body construction melds steel, die-cast aluminium and carbon fibre for strength, lightness and durability. The GT-R has a super low coefficient of drag of 0.27, while achieving high front and rear downforce.
The production Nissan GT-R has already won its spurs on the track with GT-R chief test driver Tochio Suzuki cracking the seven minutes 30 seconds barrier at the famed Nurburgring track earlier this year.
The car he drove was a standard specification model, fitted with standard Japanese market tyres. Suzuki’s lap time beat his previous fastest time for the GT-R by an amazing nine seconds, recorded in damp conditions.
All models have a rear wing and carbon fibre rear diffuser and a dark grey front grille. The standard equipment list features leather-wrapped sports steering wheel, adjustable steering column, high-back driver’s sports seats, with six-way power adjustment for the driver and four-way power adjustment for passenger. Front seats are heated and there are aluminium interior trim accents.
An intelligent key system allows access to the car and integrates with the push-button for engine start and stop.
The Premium model adds black forged 20-inch aluminium wheels, Nitrogen-filled Bridgestone Potenza Run-Flat tyres, BOSE audio system and front black leather sports seats with red leather inserts.
Safety equipment includes ABS with EBD, dual front, side and curtain airbags, while the sports-oriented dynamic stability system, VDC-R, is adjustable through Circuit, Normal and Off settings.
The Nissan GT-R supercar has 353kW of twin-turbo V6 power.