Nissan hopes GT-R will boost image amongst German rivals

Nissan is hoping that the its brand new high-performance GT-R will help it boost its brand image in Europe, giving it some respect amongst the German giants BMW, Audi, Mercedes and Porsche.

For the first time ever, Nissan will make a left-hand-drive GT-R that it plans on selling in global markets. Since its launch in Japan in 1969, the Nissan GT-R, previously known as the Skyline, became one of the hottest names in sports car history. Fans in Europe even started buying the car through unofficial sales channels.

According to a Nissan European executive that spoke with Automotive News Europe, Nissan is hoping the new-generation GT-R’s key markets to be Germany, UK and the U.S. No details on pricing have been revealed on the GT-R’s European sales target, but the UK will be limited to 200 units a year. The car will go on sale in Japan this December and will arrive in the U.S. in the Summer of 2008. European countries will get the Godzilla in Autumn 2008.

The Nissan GT-R will be powered by a 3.8 liter V6 engine that produces 473 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque. 0-60 mph takes a quick 3.5 seconds while top speed is 192 mph.

The GT-R will cost about €105,000 in Europe, according to European executives.

 

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