The new Nissan GT-R, which has beaten the Porsche 911 around the famous Nurburgring track, will go on sale this week in Japan. Don't hold your breath, almost 3000 Japanese buyers have already parted with their cash.
Doesn't sound like a big number? With only 1000 right-hand drive variants expected to be built per month, RHD versions have already sold out till early next year and, we stress, it hasn't officially gone on sale yet.
As our readers pointed out previously, one could buy the GT-R in Japan and ship it to Australia quicker than Nissan Australia can sell the car here. But there is an issue with Nissan Australia having already registered its intentions to bring the car to Australia, ending any hope of grey-imports being road-registrable.
Realistically the GT-R will not make it here till early-mid 2009, which is a shame as our friends in the U.S. start receiving their supercars in June next year for a remarkably cheap $69,950. Australian prices are not yet confirmed but expect to be paying significantly more than U.S. buyers.
It's not all bad news though, all the coverage of the GT-R has not been a massive hype without reason, reports from Europe have given this car enormous praise. According to Car magazine the GT-R is "quick enough to make a Porsche 911 Turbo feel unexciting. An M3 beater? Easily. M5? Think higher. This car is faster, more high-tech, sharper, more capable."
Dear Nissan Australia, where do we sign?
For more pictures of the Nissan GT-R click here.