I am pretty sure Honda didn't plan on setting sales records with the NSX to begin with.True, but the Supra didn't cost over 70K. When you get to that level and beyond, the competition is entirely different and people buy cars based of pedigree and heritage. I just don't see anyone that is shopping for a Porsche, Aston, Z06 or used Ferraris is going to think,"Hey, what about that boy-racer's-wet-dream GT-R!"
Case in point. Acura NSX, was one of the best-handling (and looking) cars available, yet, never turned a profit and died off with miserable sales.
I wouldn't call the Supra a success, nor was the FD RX-7, the Mitsubushi 3000GT, or the NSX. Sorry but not enough people are willing to dish that kind of money for a japanese sports car, 35k seems to to be the cap, just look at the WRX, Evols, S2K and 350z. Anything over 50k and you're into Lotus, Vette and Porsche county. And I'm willing to bet people that are shopping for those marque brands will not be willing to say, "I drive a Nissan", unless they're a zit-faced 18 year-old rich boy.
I wouldn't bet against that. With all the technical wizardry and all-wheel drive, I'd say that's a pretty good guess. I have a bad feeling that dollar for dollar it won't be a good matchup against a Z06, not that they're direct competitors. I could be wrong though. Chevy was gloating about it's Nürburgring times with the Z06 way before it came out. Just over 3,100lbs. with 505 horses will be an amazing feat to overcome.Who wants to make bets on how heavy the GT-R will be? I say 3400lbs.
+1.Yup. I've heard that it'll be badged as a Nissan and not an Infiniti? If that's the case, they really should focus on weight and power and not so much all the technology, innovation, and comfort. Nissan GT-R should = pure sportscar with beating the Z06 as the goal. Infiniti GT-R should = what we're probably gonna get instead. I'm glad we're getting it and I can't wait, but I hope it doesn't turn out to be a bust. I'd like it to be more than just a halo car.
Thats the thing, where's the market for it? You WOULD buy IF you had the money. People like us (18-35 age group) cannot afford a 70K+ car unless we were born with a silver spoon or were involved with Google or Youtube. That's why WRXs, Evols and 350zs are successful, they are priced very well and are hitting an age/income bracket that can afford them. The Supra, 300z, FD and 3000GT did not, that's why they died off. And you gotta be kidding if you think they built those cars without the intention of making money. There was nothing spectacular about those overweight highway cruisers, not one technological advancement and built by robots. The sole exception being the NSX. Honda built it with an all-aluminum body, hand-massaged engine and lightweight in mind.tc...
BUT...the "GTR" name definitely has heritage & history behind it. And people like me (but w/ more money, hahaha) who grew up idolizing this dream machine would probably shell out the dough for it.