Given all of the hype behind the 480hp Nissan GT-R that leaps to 60mph in 3.5 seconds, it would be easy to imagine that the Skyline deprived U.S. market would devour all 1700 units allocated for the first year.

Given all of the hype behind the 480hp Nissan GT-R that leaps to 60mph in 3.5 seconds, it would be easy to imagine that the Skyline deprived U.S. market would devour all 1700 units allocated for the first year. Instead, only 70% have been reserved since order books opened on January 01, 2008 at an incredibly inexpensive MSRP of $69,850. The fire breathing dragon from Japan, better known as Godzilla, recently scorched the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife with one of the fastest times achieved by a production-spec vehicle to date - instant legendary status - yet almost one-third still goes unreserved?

“It’s a very exciting time for Nissan and auto enthusiasts who have waited a long time for the GT-R to become available in the U.S.,” said Universal City Nissan representative Mike Sage. “Demand for the GT-R has been overwhelming, with more people wanting them than cars available. We’re pleased to deliver the very first GT-R to an enthusiast who will really appreciate its extraordinary performance abilities.”

When order books opened in the UK, 700 units received deposits within the first 48 hours and then continued onto 950 before the end of the month. The remaining 550 units allocated for the rest of Europe were also sold within the first month.

Daryl Alison of Costa Mesa, Calif., received his Black Obsidian GT-R Premium model at 12:01am on July 07,2008. Joining him in the delivery was long-time Nissan race driver and the winningest driver in IMSA GT race series history, Steve Millen.

First U.S.-Spec Nissan GT-R Delivered in California