Its economics101, supply and demand, when you have a car that every car enthusiast in the world dreams of, and you’re only going to make a few thousand of them a year, it’s going to create massive demand with limited supply.
In most cases the issue resolves itself because the car in question costs the average price of a house, but in the case of Nissan’s supercar beating GT-R, this is not so.
With U.S. prices starting at $69,850 (Australian prices unconfirmed, but expect around the 120k mark), the level of interest in the GT-R has been enormous, so much so that European importers are starting to buy up GT-Rs in Japan and sending them over to Europe.
This works well for the UK and Australia given we are right-hand drive just like the Japanese, but Nissan has gone on the offensive, threatening to sue any importers trying to profit from reselling.
The Japanese giant also said today it would not support customers who purchased black-market GT-Rs. According to Nissan, dealerships will not provide warranty support for Japanese spec GT-Rs in Europe.
Nissan Australia has previously said that imported GT-Rs would not be road-registrable given Nissan has already documented its intentions of bringing the car here officially.
According to the company, it simply wants to make sure owners receive a quality ownership experience, meaning time is required to train mechanics and have the necessary parts in stock.
Nonetheless, there are numerous reports of new GT-Rs already on the way to Australia. Owners are expected to use the cars for track only.
The GT-R is not expected in Australia until early 2009. For more pictures of the Nissan GT-R click here.