Oh, this unfriendly economy. Due to "increased raw material costs," Nissan found it necessary to increase the MSRP of the 2009 GT-R
and GT-R Premium to, respectively, $76,840 and $79,090. This represents increases of--gulp--nearly $7,000 when compared with 2008's prices of $69,850 and $71,900.
Still, at these prices, the GT-R still significantly undercuts the Porsche 911 Turbo
, against which it has been pitted and come out favorably. So this price bump leaves the GT-R's prowess-for-price pretty much unscathed, at least on the track. But with deep discounts from GM on the '08 Z06
, the GT-R is now about $10,000 or more beyond that fire breather.
The question remains: Are you a four-wheel-drive fanatic, or will stump-pulling V-8 torque, traction control, and good old-fashioned rear-wheel drive do just fine, thank you very much?
Our own First Dude, Marty Padgett, had his way with the Japanese performance legend and finally got off his ass long enough to write about it. Check back tomorrow for TheCarConnection.com's exclusive tour of the north Georgia mountains in the GT-R.