UPDATE: We've spoken with Angus MacKenzie, Editor in Chief of Motor Trend, who claims that the December issue has not been released yet and is either still at the printer's or on its way to the mailing house. The sole commenter on Motor Authority's post, however, claims he spotted the issue on a newsstand in Toronto. Who to believe? Motor Authority, meanwhile, obtained the image of the cover at right from a press release announcing the Mazda CX-9 as MT's SUV of the Year. Angus told us the cover being released was an error, which we imagine will result in one less employed person by the end of the day.
Today is October 16, but Motor Authority reports that the December issue of Motor Trend has begun arriving in some subscribers' mailboxes. What those readers will find on the cover is the first unmasked photo of the 2008 Nissan GT-R. According to MT's headline, the GT-R boasts a 0-60 of 3.5 seconds, an 11.7-second quarter mile, a 192 mph top speed, and a sub-$80K price. Motor Authority had no additional info, but we expect to see that explode onto the web in the immediate future as other outlets sitting on long-lead info react to the Motor Trend release. As for the car, it looks good to us. It essentially retains the GT-R Proto's appearance minus the Alice Cooper makeup under the headlamps. We'll wait for the information/photo avalanche to comment further, as we'd like to hear the final engine specs, too. Stay tuned for more. As you know already, we'll be in Japan next week to see the big reveal in person.

We're curious to know if any readers have actually received their copy of the December issue of Motor Trend, as Motor Authority doesn't make it clear if it actually has a copy in hand. The cover you see to the right is not a scan, but appears to be an image made from an actual PDF that Motor Trend staff would use to proof read the issue. In the enlarged version you can still see the cut markers where the page would be trimmed by the printer. We're not sure where Motor Authority got the image, but have already emailed Angus MacKenzie at MT to find out what's up.

[Source: Motor Trend via Motor Authority]

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