High performance launch is a flyer

Nissan UK has been amazed by the order book for the high-performance sport vehicle GT-R which only opened on April 2nd.

The first 48 hours saw orders for almost 700 cars – the first of which are expected to be delivered in March 2009.

Paul Willcox, managing director Nissan Motor (GB) Limited, commented: "This clearly demonstrates the UK’s passion for performance cars and the enthusiastic following that the GT-R has established.

"Waiting lists are not unusual to have for a vehicle of such high performance, specification and value but there is a limit that people will be prepared to wait. In order to meet demand we are now starting to negotiate vigorously with Nissan Europe to secure further volume from our production facility in Tochigi Japan. In normal production terms the pace of the line can be increased or decreased to meet with demand but as the engine of the GT-R is built by hand there is a maximum production capability of 1000 units per month. This volume has to satisfy all global demands covering America, Asia and Europe and therefore it will be late May before we know if we have been successful in our request."

The Nissan GT-R completed a lap of the Nurburgring circuit in Germany in 7mins 38secs, and features a hand-built VR series 3.8-litre twin turbo V6 engine. It produces 588 Nm of torque between 3,200 and 5,200 rpm, and has recorded 480 PS (353 kW) at 6,400 rpm.

The dual clutch gearing, operated by paddles mounted behind the steering wheel, anticipates the next gear shift and uses the separate wet clutches for the odd (one, three, five) and even (two, four, six) gears to effect immediate changes.

The supercar is available in three trim levels: Base, Premium Edition and Black Edition and retails at a starting level of £52,900 (OTR).

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