Few vehicles have picked up so many accolades ahead of their on sale date as Nissan’s GT-R and sports car enthusiasts are about to discover what makes this mighty performance flagship a multiple award winner.

Since the order books opened on 2nd April 2008, Nissan has taken 1,250 deposits from buyers and for those who joined the GT-R queue at the beginning, the wait is almost over.

Today (9th April) at 7:29am – a time which matches the technology-packed newcomer’s Nürburgring lap time – the very first British buyers will take delivery of their GT-Rs from Nissan’s network of 11 High Performance Centres. Subsequent deliveries are planned for soon after although such is the demand for this halo model that those ordering one now can expect to wait at least a year.

The car, which in upgraded European specification includes a 5 PS power increase, Dunlop SP Sport 600 DSST tyres (on which the Nürburgring lap was completed) and standard RAYS alloys, offers unrivalled performance and technology in its segment.

At the heart of the matter is a hand-built 485 PS, 588 Nm-rated 3.8-litre V6 twin-turbo engine with paddle-shift six-speed dual clutch transmission and advanced all-wheel drive system. Sophisticated electronics and computing power allow the driver to set the car up to their exact requirements.

However, despite delivering race car thrills, every GT-R is laden with luxuries. Features like Bluetooth connectivity, touch screen satellite navigation, climate control, leather trim and Bose sound system are all part of the package with this 193 mph motor.

The 11 Nissan High Performance Centres trained and equipped to deal with the GT-R are:

  • Benfield GT-R, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Alex F Noble GT-R, Edinburgh
  • JFE-GTR, Exeter
  • West Way GT-R, Oxford
  • Marshall GT-R, Cambridge
  • Middlehurst Motorsport GT-R, St Helens, Merseyside
  • Motorline GT-R, Tunbridge Wells
  • Westover GT-R, Bournemouth
  • WLN GT-R, Mill Hill, London
  • Glyn Hopkin GT-R, Romford
  • Hurst GT-R Belfast