There's no doubting it's place in automotive history.
The Nissan GT-R is the most formidable opponent to any sports car on the market. Ever since its launch, it has dazzled critics with its blinding performance and downright once-thought-impossible performance characteristics for a vehicle with its size and heft.
Technology is an amazing thing when it all works.
BUT that's the thing. Even though it has undoubtedly the BEST performance you can buy for about $97,000 bucks, it doesn't exactly sell in droves. If you take a look at year-end sales figures, for 2012 the GT-R moved just under 1,200 units.
That's pretty surprising given that it likely has the next-best zero to 60 time behind that of a Bugatti Veyron and Ariel Atom. AND, don't forget it can also dance on the track track as well — Porsche is still pissed ;).
If you take a look at vehicles it gets compared against — according to TrueCar — it only sells more than the Audi R8.
Of course the Chevrolet and Porsche figures account for numerous models within their respective model. Take, for example, the Corvette Grand Sport, Z06, ZR1, plus the standard car. And even though that's the case with the 911, I can't believe they're moving over 8,500 911s! That's staggering data considering a 911 costs a pretty penny.
- Audi R8 sales (2012): 802
- Chevrolet Corvette sales (2012): 14,132
- Porsche 911 sales (2012): 8,528
That said, we're a bit curious on YOUR take:
Why doesn't the INCREDIBLY performing Nissan GT-R sell MORE?