The first U.S. owner of a 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO is, appropriately enough, Matt McCulloh, whose passion for all things GT-R led him to co-found the North American GT-R Owners Club in 2006. Picking up his new ride at his local Nissan dealership in Winston-Salem, N.C., McCulloh said: "It was like a surreal moment for me. I saw it, and it just took a second to register that this was finally my car. And that I was going to have the privilege to own the very first GT-R NISMO for the United States and be a part of the great 30-year history of the NISMO brand."
The 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO is the culmination of those three decades of sports-car expertise, boasting a 600-hp twin-turbo V6 that displaces 3.8 liters and delivers 481 lb.-ft. of torque. But that's just for starters, and the most powerful Nissan production car ever also benefits from a wide range of other track-friendly NISMO upgrades; in fact, the 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO currently holds the all-time Nürburgring track record in the "volume production car" category, with a mark of 7:08.679.
And with that car matched so perfectly with that new owner, Nissan made sure to get in on the action as well. The automaker's team put together a small thank-you ceremony at the dealership and dropped a NISMO makeover on McCulloh's garage, too.
Said Jeff Simmons of Nissan Marketing, who was on hand in North Carolina: "When we realized his passion for the car, his involvement with the GT-R community, and his involvement with the brand, we wanted to do something a little extra special. First we wanted to be here, to shake his hand, see the smile on his face and just take pride in that moment with him."
The only downside to the story was the fact that Nissan actually was celebrating both the first sale of the 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO and the last, since the company further announced that the entire first-year production run for the car had sold out in the United States.
Luckily, the rest of the 2015 Nissan GT-R team does remain available, with prices starting at $101,770.