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Click above for a high-res gallery of the U.S.-spec Nissan GT-R.

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.


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.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh John, I am not deluded. My baby M3 is a thing of the past. Its a whole new ball game now and days and keeping up with the Joneses is impossible. I gave up and bought a bike haha. And who races on the street anyways? Not to mention I might buy a gtR myself if anyone is interested in buying a "slightly" abused M3.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is it true that after taking the GTR to the track you must have your vehicle serviced or have the warrenty voided? That and the service is $1000? I read this somewhere (maybe here but I dont think so) in an interview with a tuner, maybe MIME. It might also only be in Japan where they have the GPS track feature.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Umm, no.

      Nissan does not plan to gouge the customer for all they're worth because they are evil and greedy.

      It's called free market economics. The mark up over MSRP is NOT because Nissan are greedy bastards (they've already made their profit when they sold the car at invoice price to the dealers) but because the car dealers KNOW that a high demand and low supply means a higher price and thus higher profit.

      • 7 Years Ago
      I can't wait to see how much this will go for. If I had the money, this car would really be a 100,000 dollar car
      • 7 Years Ago
      these days (and with the economy) I really don't see huge financing happenning on these things. 70K before the markups... I see these things going close to 100K out the door for the first bit.

      Now-a-days the typical American might put $1000-5000 dollars down on a car. Thats nothing. It's my personal belief that financing something like a hot GTR that costs that much is idiotic. I'm not really rich but any car I buy I put at least 60-75% of the money down up front. Why? because its hugely depreciating asset, especially at the 100K GT-R level.

      If there were no markups I would be considering a GT-R. The price is right vs what I am considering (08 Z06).

      If you have the cash to burn and feel like putting $40,000 of PURE profit in Nissan's pocket... go ahead and buy one. Assuming that the difference between cost to build vs MSRP is 10K) + markup of 30.

      I will wait.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's 40 grand of PURE profit in the dealer's pocket.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Good post.
      • 7 Years Ago
      To Jeff: I understand what you are saying. I do not worry too much about resale value when I buy a car either, but then again I would rather it not sink into the toilet. Yes they all depreciate (unless you deal in rare Ferraris or Hemi Cuda convertibles) but some are better then others. If life "comes at you fast" as some say and you have to unload a car for whatever reason, I'd rather be in car that holds its value better then one that doesn't.

      With that said, I'd never pay over sticker just to be the first. I can wait, but I don't hate others who would, or hate people that would stand to gain off those that would. Its hypocrisy plain and simple. Everyone in this country has benefitted some how some way because of supply and demand, period bottom line.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Can "authorized nissan" dealers charge over MSRP? I realize that MSRP is only suggested pricing, but authorized dealers usually sign contracts as part of their licensing agreement.

        Most of the times when I see cars selling well above MSRP it is from a private party or a dealer that doesn't carry the brand. So, if you're lucky enough to be one of the first to get one, you then might turn around and sell through a private dealership at a premium and/or an online sale such as ebay.

        Just curious.
      • 7 Years Ago
      reply button is broken.... how do I fix it?
        • 7 Years Ago
        stopgap- click on the date/time stamp
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nissans just as much to blame for keeping production artificially low.

      And paying $1 over msrp to someone who is essentially doing nothing is silly.

      A fool and his money indeed.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Great. You wouldn't want Godzilla to be rampant all over the streets. Financing a 70k car isn't completely out of reach for too many of us adrenaline junkies. Just the thought of seeing a bunch of them on street makes me cringe.
      • 7 Years Ago
      markups = first one on the block to have it.

      wait a couple months and you can get one at sticker. there are not 1500 people who want one of these AND can afford it. especially by year two and three, they'll be wheel'n and deal'n.

      i'm just concerned about standing in line for service at the dealers next to the Axxess miniminivans and Stanza GXE's.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Dude, any markup over MSRP goes into the car dealer's pocket....not Nissan's pocket.

      Otherwise there would be no car dealers.
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