By on April 8, 2008

nissan-gt-r-2.jpgLast month I posted that noted hoon, auto journo and buddy of mine Jack Baruth predicted that the GT-R would be a non-starter. Guess who was wrong, at least in Old Blighty? Right, not you. Motor Authority is authoritatively reporting that UK dealers placed orders for 700 GT-Rs in a 48-hour period once Nissan gave them the OK to do so. And they need more. Since Godzilla's seemingly nuclear-powered mill is hand-assembled, the factory boys in Japan can only build so many– just 1,000 examples per month as it turns out. That's 1,000 engines per month for the entire world. Meaning that Tokyo drifters, Google janitors, extended Emirates families and sicko European Anime fetishists all get their Skylines from that same factory. And how can we forget teenage Russian billionaires? Exactly, we can't. As UK drivers seem to get bent over and reamed routinely these days, the worst part is that even with the massive pre-order, British Gran Turismo 5 Prologue fanatics won't be getting their 480 hp (at least) monsters until March of 2009. And by March we mean May. And if Red Ken has his way, London-based potential GT-R owners will be charged £25 an hour for daydreaming about their future rides. In semi-related news, a little birdie informed me that Universal Nissan — our nation's largest Nissan dealer across the street from Universal Studios — will be charging "only" $40K on top of MSRP. Maybe there's hope for Jack?

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16 Comments on “UK Nissan GT-R Demand Far Exceeds Supply...”


  • avatar
    John R

    sicko European Anime fetishists lol.

    RE: “Universal Nissan…will be charging ‘only’ $40K on top of MSRP”

    I will find it really irritating if the dealers stifle this car.

  • avatar
    starlightmica

    As a consolation prize, they can import the older RHD Skyline GT-Rs until demand settles down.

  • avatar
    KatiePuckrik

    “sicko European Anime fetishists”

    Why are anime fans “sickos”?

  • avatar
    quasimondo

    Why are anime fans “sickos”?

    Have you ever borne witness to Sailor Moon cosplay? Oh, the mental trauma.

    I will find it really irritating if the dealers stifle this car.

    Markup on a popular car (especially one that was previously unavailable in the U.S.) is to be expected. S2000, WRX, Evo…just think how much they’ll go for when they land on eBay.

  • avatar
    KatiePuckrik

    Quasimondo,

    I suspect it’s more someone talking about something they don’t understand…..

  • avatar
    RayH

    Kudos for that Nissan dealership not being greedy. At least it won’t be like most oversticker cars that go well under sticker a year later. This one might take 2 or 3 years for that. I remember when the ’98 Corvettes came out, initially they were going for 10k over sticker sometimes. The next year, 1999′s were in the paper for at least 5k off if memory serves me correct.

  • avatar
    Lumbergh21

    KatiePuckrik :
    April 8th, 2008 at 8:29 am

    “sicko European Anime fetishists”

    Why are anime fans “sickos”?

    Notice that it says “fetishists” not fans. Fetishist goes a little, maybe a lot, beyond fan. Somebody who is fixated on Japanese Anime, thinks it holds magical powers, or finds it necessary for sexual pleasure probably needs help.

    “Only” $40k over sticker? My isn’t that big of them. Too bad Nissan isn’t exercising some control over their dealers like Toyota does. Tell the dealer they can’t be an exclusive GT-R dealer unless they limit mark-up to 20% over invoice for instance. That still gives them quite a profit.

  • avatar
    Jonny Lieberman

    KatiePuckrik:

    I said sicko Europeans.

  • avatar
    KatiePuckrik

    Mr Lieberman,

    No you didn’t. It said “Meaning that Tokyo drifters, Google janitors, extended Emirates families and sicko European Anime fetishists all get their Skylines…” if you meant them to be separate, you should have written:

    “Meaning that Tokyo drifters, Google janitors, extended Emirates families, sicko European and Anime fetishists all get their Skylines…”

    The way it’s written in the article implies that you’re talking about sicko european anime fetishists, not sicko europeans AND anime fetishists.

    And what is a “sicko European” anyway?!

    P.S Lumbergh21, I agree. Those kind of weirdos are bad news. Anime is great (speaking as a fan) but those kind of tossers give us “otakus” a bad name! It’s just a movie, not the gateway to a new dimension!

  • avatar
    John R

    Whoa, whoa. What’s all this then? ^^

    I like anime too (Dragonball and Wangan Midnight FTW) but can’t we have a laugh?

  • avatar
    quasimondo

    It’s all about the tentacles.

  • avatar
    Jonny Lieberman

    Agreed.

  • avatar
    Virtual Insanity

    I once saw an anime picture of a giant cat holding an umbrella over a little child at a bus stop in the rain. The child, like myself, had quite a confused look on her face. That alone turned me off of anime, except for the ones with cars in them.

    And on this news story…

    “In other news, the sky is blue!”

  • avatar
    KatiePuckrik

    Virtual Insanity,

    That film is “My Neightbour Totorro”. An absolutely delightful film! But you’re right, anime is too freaky. I mean, it’s far freakier than, say……a giant talking mouse or a rabbit talking to a hunter!

    As for the tentacles thing. That doesn’t mean ALL anime is like that! Loads of violent films comes from Hollywood. Is it fair to say that ALL Americans are violence-loving sociopaths….?

  • avatar
    Jonny Lieberman

    Katie:

    Yes.

  • avatar
    altoids

    The GT-R was always going to sell well, I don’t know what Mr. Baruth was smoking. As Jeremy Clarkson noted, a whole generation raised on Gran Turismo believes that the NSX is the fastest car in the world. With this new generation, Japanese supercars are considered equal to their Italian counterparts.

    As for anime:

    The anime that makes it to the West is definitely unrepresentative and mostly twisted. The most popular and mainstream anime in Japan and Asia is very normal, just family and school comedies. I grew up watching Doreamon (little boy with a robot cat), and Meitantei Conan (a kid detective). Not that different from Ninja Turtles or Rescue Rangers.

    But in the US, it seems that the cultish stuff gets a lot more attention. It makes sense, because the demand for kid’s programming is filled by US programming, which means anime is mostly supported by those who have other entertainment needs.

    So please don’t get the impression that anime is all tentacles and possessed vampires killing school girls, that’s really a small part of the market. Most anime is very plain vanilla.


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