The first of Nissan's GT-R supercars was delivered in the United States on Monday morning--and it was hardly a low-key event.
The first customer, Daryl Alison, of Costa Mesa, California, took delivery at 12:01 a.m. Pacific in a Los Angeles dealership in a ceremony with longtime Nissan racer Steve Millen.
Alison, a Nissan fan who has owned a number of 350Zs and other sports cars, paid the sticker price of $72,900, including destination charges, for a black GT-R premium model.
The 480-horsepower supercar has been one of the most anticipated launches in recent memory, creating a buzz on the auto show circuit. The car was timed lapping Germany's famed Nürburgring circuit in just 7 minutes, 29 seconds.
About 1,700 of the roughly 2,400 GT-Rs coming to the United States have been already reserved.