The wait is over! The new 2009 Nissan GT-R R35 is officially released today, 07/07/08! Godzilla is finally here! After about 6 years ever since the prototype was intoduce, the wait is finally over. Well, not really over as there are many people with pre-orders that are still waiting for their GT-R R35 to be delivered to their dealerships. Theres also many delays for people who were suppose to get their GT-R R35 in July which has been delayed to August.
The first GT-R R35 to be sold here in the U.S. took place at midnight July 07, 2008 at Universal City Nissan. They had a celebration there last night for being the first dealer to get a GT-R. The person that bought it was from Costa Mesa. He got a Black Premium GT-R for around $20k over MSRP. Congrats!
I’m very thrilled that the time is finally here. I still remember the first time I heard the news that the GT-R was comming to the states. I was at the airport in 2002 and was looking in the magazine stand to for something to read on the plane. I saw a car mag that showed the GT-R prototype. I was so excited to find out they were going to have it in the states. I forgot what mag it was as I lost it after buying it to read up more. I told myself, I gotta have this car. I know you have probably read up on the GT-R on magazines, youtube, or other sources on the net. It has so much hype and it should for being one of the fastest production car in the World.
But I wasn’t too excited by how the prototype looked. When Nissan finally reveiled the final production model. I love the back tail lights but the front didn’t get me too excited. The headlights look like a 350z headlights. The front bumper needed air vents on the sides. I know the performance is amazing but the look didn’t fit it. But after seeing one in person, the front became the best part of the whole car to me. The headlights looks like robot eyes. Also this car is wide and it gives a mean stance. I know a lot of people feel the same about the GT-R when they see the pictures of how not attractive it looks. But you really have to see it in person to see all the details on this Godzilla. I was lucky to see the Black and Super Silver GT-R. The silver really shines in the sun and the black looks like a stealth bomber.
I sat in the Super Silver GT-R and the seats are really comfortable. Gives you a nice hug. All the controls are within the drivers reach which gives you full and easy controls. A lot of questions regarding if the back seats are useless as this is a 2+2. The answer is NO. You can actually fit 2 average height people back there. I saw a 5’8″ guy climb in the back. Only complaint I have for the interior is the carpet on the door panels. Gives it a really cheap look. Also theres only one cup holder in the back (well I wouldn’t mind as I don’t want anyone eating in my car but me). Other then that, the interior is very sporty and comfortable.
You probably already heard by now that the new lap time at Nordschleife that the GT-R did was 7:29. Amazing numbers and many improvements from the old lap time of 7:38. Also there will be an even faster GT-R. Speculations of a Nissan GT-R Spec V is soon to come out in 2010. The GT-R has set the bar. There are auto makers out there aiming to beat the GT-R’s lap time. Just recently GM’s Corvette ZR1 did a lap time of 7:26.4. Acura’s new NSX is aiming to beat the GT-R’s time as well.
I actually have a Pearl White 2009 Nissan Premium GT-R R35 on pre-order. The best deal I could find with a 2009 allocation still available is $10k over MSRP in California. I’m not happy about the mark up. I called over 40 Nissan dealers, some even in Nevada and Arizona and this was the best deal I could fine. I understand that its a 2009 but still wish I could find one at MSRP or close to it as many lucky people did in other states. I pre-ordered mines in May. My dealer told me I won’t probably get mines until October or November. I’m still waiting for my confirmation number and vin. I’m fine with the wait as I still have time to decide if this car is right for me. So if you are one of the few lucky ones that was able to get a GT-R already, let me know what you think of it.
If your interest in pre-ordering a GT-R or want more info, be sure to check out the official Nissan GT-R website . It’s going to be hard to order a 2009 allocation as 70% of the U.S. allocations has been sold. So do it quick. Also it’s going to be very hard to find one at MSRP. Good Luck!
Nissan GT-R R35 Video