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If you're reading these words right now, there's a good chance you're already too late. Nissan has selected 691 dealerships to begin taking pre-orders of the GT-R, with a price of $69,850 for the base model and $71,900 for the premium variant. Both prices don't include destination and handling charges (let along markups), which have yet to be determined.

Nissan's criteria for deeming a dealer "GT-R Certified" involves making a number of commitments including sales, service and facility requirements, along with having a dedicated "master technician" whose incredibly well-versed in the service of Godzilla. Sales won't be handled by your run-of-the-mill sales person either; the GT-R will only leave the lot under the supposedly expert hands of a dealer principal, executive manager or general manager.

Deliveries are expected to being this June. With only 1,500 GT-Rs on their way to the States and less than 700 dealers handling sales, the price gouging is all but assured.

Nissan's full press release is available after the jump and more information is available at gtrnissan.com.

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PRESS RELEASE

2009 Nissan GT-R Supercar Pre-Orders Now Being

Taken At 691 "GT-R Certified" Dealers Nationwide

CHICAGO (Feb. 6, 2008) – Nissan today announced that the all-new Nissan GT-R supercar is now available for pre-ordering at 691 officially certified Nissan dealers across the United States. The 2009 Nissan GT-R, equipped with a 480-horsepower, twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 engine and advanced 6-speed dual clutch automatic transmission, has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $69,850 for the GT-R and $71,900 for the GT-R Premium model (exclusive if Destination & Handling). Customer deliveries of the new GT-R are scheduled to begin in June 2008.

Nissan dealers have attained "GT-R Certification" status by meeting a number of strict sales, service and facilities commitments, including dedicating a master technician to GT-R service, special training for service managers and technicians, and designating dealer principals, executive managers and general managers as the primary communicators/negotiators in sales transactions. A listing of GT-R Certified Nissan dealers is available to consumers on nissanusa.com.

"A supercar as special as the new Nissan GT-R – and its owners – requires a truly exceptional level of care and handling," said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. "These Certified GT-R dealers are making a substantial investment in their showrooms, service tools and technician training – helping ensure that the purchase and ownership of the new GT-R will be an exciting experience for our customers, every step of the way."

About the 2009 Nissan GT-R

The all-new 2009 Nissan GT-R, the fifth-generation of the legendary Nissan supercar, is a multi-dimensional performance machine that lives up to the concept of "the ultimate supercar that can be driven by anyone, anytime, anywhere."

It features an all-new 3.8-liter twin turbo V6 producing 480 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque (estimated), backed by an all-new, paddle-shifted, GR6-type dual clutch rear transaxle. The new Nissan GT-R is built on an exclusive, all-new Premium Midship platform. This new platform enables the use of a world's first independent rear transaxle ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system, which places the transmission, transfer case and final drive at the rear of the vehicle, optimizing weight distribution and maximizing handling capability.

The Nissan GT-R's functional styling utilizes advanced aerodynamics, evoking the lines of a well-trained athlete. GT-R's hybrid body construction combines steel, carbon fiber and die-cast aluminum, and features a low coefficient of drag of 0.27, while achieving high front and rear downforce. GT-R's four-passenger cabin features a sloping "aero blade canopy" roofline and curved C-pillar "sword edge," as well as GT-R's hallmark four-ring taillights, functional rear carbon fiber underbody diffuser, rear spoiler and large, integrated quad exhaust tips.

GT-R's interior balances functionality with a sense of ease and comfort. It features sculpted performance bucket seats for an optimal driving position, a cockpit-style instrument panel with a large center-mounted tachometer and multi-function display – which includes mechanical and driving information, as well as an on-board driving recorder.

Customers can learn more about the 2009 Nissan GT-R through gtrnissan.com.