One major selling point still remains unclear for Nissan dealers that are prepared to sell the GT-R: the certified horsepower rating. So far all the specs stated on the GT-R are based on the Japanese market version. The GT-R is rated in at 480 PS in Japan, which converts to 473 horsepower U.S.
However, Nissan wants to offer 480 horsepower as a selling point. A Nissan engineer told InsideLine that GT-R project chief Kazutoshi Mizuno is “targeting 480 hp by U.S. testing standards.” They have yet to figure out how that can become a reality.
Can you just imagine a Nissan dealer trying to sell you the GT-R? Just close your eyes… okay wait don’t – you won’t be able to read. Just imagine…
“Sir, would you rather go out and pay $126,200 for the Porsche 911 Turbo which produces 480 horsepower and does 0-60 in 3.7 seconds? Or would you rather go for the GT-R which produces 480 horsepower and does 0-60 in 3.5 seconds and costs almost half what you would pay for the 911 turbo?”
Nissan is allocating only 1,500 units of the GT-R for the U.S. next year with a starting price of $69,850. The premium model will run you $71,900.
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