Tokyo, Japan – Nissan has announced the launch of the high-performance GT-R in the Middle East.

The model will be sold and serviced at a limited number of Nissan High Performance Centers in select locations throughout the area. Nissan Middle East FZE (NMEF) estimates that about 200 cars will be sold in 2009. Global production of the GT-R is limited to 1,000 units per month.

As part of the vehicle launch, NMEF will conduct a driving challenge on March 2 on the Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road in the United Arab Emirates, which runs 11.7 km to a height of 1,219 metres at the mountain summit, including 21 corners. The car will be driven by Mohamed Ben Sulayem, the most-awarded rally driver in the Middle East.

“The Nissan GT-R enjoys legendary status in the Middle East, so we decided it would be most fitting to create a memorable and challenging event for the car’s launch,” said Atsuo Kosaka, NMEF managing director. “The GT-R Jebel Hafeet Challenge will showcase this remarkable car’s dynamic ability in the hands of our region’s most successfully rally driver. It will be fascinating to see how quickly the GT-R can ascend the mountain and set a benchmark time.”

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