Japan earthquake causes delays in 2012 Nissan GT-R shipments to U.S.

2012 Nissan GT-R
2012 Nissan GT-R

The massive 8.9 earthquake in Japan, which caused a 13-foot tsunami to hit the shores of the country, has delayed shipments of the 2012 Nissan GT-R to the United States. Nonetheless, Nissan North America said that it currently has a ‘sufficient supply’ of 2012 Nissan GT-R units already in the United States.

While no specific numbers are available, David Reuter, Nissan North America vice president of corporate communications, said “We have a comfortable amount.” He said he did not know if any GT-R units being damaged in the disaster.

The Nissan GT-R is built at Nissan’s Tochigi plant, one of Nissan’s six plants that have been damaged by the aftermath of Friday’s massive earthquake.

Nissan also said that a shipment of more than 600 Nissan Leaf electric-cars left for the U.S. port just before disaster struck.

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Refresher: The 2012 Nissan GT-R is powered by a VR38DETT 3.8L twin turbo V6 that produces 530-hp and 488 lb-ft of torque. Off-the line performance is also improved with an upgraded “R mode” for the transmission and to control tight corner braking. That allows 0-60 mph to come in at 2.9 seconds. Prices for the 2012 Nissan GT-R start at $89,950 for the base model and $95,100 for the Premium and Black Edition.

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– By: Omar Rana

Source: InsideLine