The world would certainly be a better place for it.
High-performance niche cars like the Nissan GT-R are often times a hard sell. Sure, the GT-R is known to bust Ferrari balls from time to time, but it’s still a $100,000 car. A similar situation also goes for the SRT Viper, which we just reported is currently experiencing a bit of a sales slump. But the newly appointed manager and chief engineer for the GT-R program wants to boost production. Kinishi Tanuma is on a new mission to find a way to build more of them.
There are, of course, a few obstacles in his way. For starters, a GT-R is not something a Nissan dealer sells every day, and it’s not because there aren’t enough of them in stock. Additionally, the GT-R’s 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine is hand-built by master craftsmen called takumi. Because of their limited numbers and the amount of time it takes to build each engine, production output is affected. But Tanuma is determined to find a way to build more. All told, Nissan sold 1,188 GT-Rs in the US last year and 952 through September. Hopefully, those numbers will soon increase.