Nissan GT-R: On Sale In Australia 2009
Motoring Channel Staff - 2/October/2008
Melbourne, Australia —
The wait has been excruciating for some, but the GT-R has finally been
pencilled in for an April 2009 launch in Australia.
there are a handful of imported models getting around, interested
drivers and those placing deposits should be able to get their fully
warranteed cars in April 2009.
GT-R pricing is as follows:
Nissan GT-R $148,800
Nissan GT-R Premium $152,800
Nissan Australia's Managing Director, Dan
Thompson said, "We are proud and excited to see the GT-R back in
"It is a powerful tonic for the Nissan brand and
underlines our outstanding record as an authentic sports car and
performance car manufacturer," added Mr Thompson.
by a 3.8-litre twin turbo engine, the GT-R delivers 353 kilowatts of
power and 588 Newton metres of torque to all four wheels via a 6-speed
twin clutch semi-automatic gearbox.
GT-R Premium models get
things like larger 20-inch nitrogen-filled Bridgestone Potenza run-flat
tyres, a 30Gb hard drive system and slightly different seats.
in six colours (Super Silver, Vibrant Red, Gun Metallic, Black
Obsidian, Titanium, and Ivory Pearl), all models are packed with a very
cool driver configurable Multi-Function Meter.
This gadget can display lateral
G-forces plus acceleration and braking performance among 11 data
screens available, giving drivers the kind of race track telemetry normally only gathered via laptop computer after the drive.
new 'Godzilla', like it's Bathurst-winning predecessors, is already
being touted as a giant killer. Benchmark tests in Japan and the USA
suggest the GT-R's acceleration and handling are on par with
turbocharged Porsche 911 models.
The new GT-R sports car will available from a "select group" of accredited dealers across Australia:
- Ferntree Gully
Nissan says the advanced body construction melds steel,
die-cast aluminium and carbon fibre for strength, lightness and
The GT-R coupe is a 2-door vehicle with seating for four, and has a super low coefficient of drag of 0.27.
Nissan says that the production Nissan
GT-R piloted by chief test driver
Tochio Suzuki, cracked the seven minutes 30 second barrier at the
famed Nurburgring track earlier this year with a time of 7:29 across the 20+ kilometre track.
But Porsche has cast doubt on this feat.
Porsche's 911 product chief, August Achleitner, recently told CARSguide in Australia: "This wonder car with 7:29 could not have been a regular series production car."
said that it was likely Nissan used non-standard tyres. Porsche's best
time on the same track with 911 Turbo 7:38.
us, it's not clear how this time is possible. What we can imagine with
this Nissan is they used other tyres," said Achleitner.
However, Nissan insists everything was above board.
"The car he drove was a
standard specification model, fitted with standard Japanese market
tyres," reads Nissan Australia's media release.
achieving a sub seven minutes 30 second lap time, the GT-R has proved
it is arguably the fastest mass-production car in the world. Nissan set
out to build a multiperformance supercar accessible to anyone, anytime
and anywhere – and the GT-R delivered that promise," reads the Nissan document.
Nissan in the wrong, or has Porsche just been snacking on sour grapes?
There's an automotive saga brewing, and it's not over yet.
Moving right along, and the standard specification on the Nissan GT-R includes the following:
Carbon fibre rear diffuser
Dark grey front grille
Leather sports steering wheel (with adjustable steering column)
High-back driver’s sports seats
6-way power adjustment for driver's seat
Front heated seats
Intelligent key system
Push-button engine start/stop
ABS & EBD
Dual front, side, curtain airbags
VDC-R (sports Dynamic Stability System)
Nissan will begin taking orders for the GT-R in Sydney at the 2008 Australian International
Motor Show on October 9. Nissan's Australian arm predicts that local sales of the GT-R will hit 200
units in the first year.
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