First 25 Nissan Titan XD Trucks Sold Will Come With GT-R “Titan Launch Edition”
Nissan Offers Up An Extreme Deal To Lure Buyers
Before the on-sale date of the all-new Titan XD, and in an effort to drive home its importance, the company announced today that it will include a special GT-R supercar with the purchase of the first 25 Titan XD pickups. The GT-R will be branded as the Titan Launch Edition. If this doesn’t get people excited for this new pickup, we don’t know what will.
Those early adopters will not only have access to the Titan XD’s impressive capability, but also the performance of one of the most athletic sports cars ever sold. The limited-edition Titan Launch Edition GT-R uses a GT-R Premium as its launching point (although with the aero bits and wheels of the Nismo GT-R) and will come exclusively in Solar Flare Yellow, a color otherwise unique to the Titan XD. Its twin-turbo 3.8L V-6 produces 545 horsepower, which is routed through a twin-clutch 6-speed automated manual transmission to all four wheels. The electronically controlled ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system can send up to 50 percent of the power to the front wheels, allowing for excellent grip in all conditions while still preserving the handling characteristics of a rear-drive sports car.
The Titan XD that is included as part of the package deal will be delivered with the 5.0L Cummins turbodiesel V-8, rather than the standard gas V-8 available across the Titan XD range. That means buyers will get 310 hp and 555 lb-ft of torque, more than enough for most chores. The Titan XD’s positioning as a plus-size 1/2-ton (or compact 3/4-ton) pickup mean it’s got a unique position in the segment, offering buyers more capable, comfortable heavy hauling performance than most 1/2-ton trucks without commanding the price premium or ride compromise of a heavy-duty pickup. After the XD’s launch, a conventional 1/2-ton Titan, with a lighter-duty gas V-6 or V-8 powertrain and unique front bodywork, will be available.
Before you bust open your checkbooks, Nissan won’t be taking orders for the Titan Launch Edition two-car package. Buyers will have to hope that their Titan XD is one of the first 25 sold in the United States if they want the GT-R Titan Launch Edition as well. Internet forum chatter is already going wild, with many people planning to camp out weeks in advance for the opportunity. Nissan has assured the public that procedures are in place to ensure that the Launch Edition Titans and GT-Rs end up in the hands of consumers and not dealers.
While the first 25 Titan XD buyers will be able to drive home that day with their pickup, the Titan Launch Edition GT-R will be delivered on April 1st, 2016, giving the company time to verify the buyers’ eligibility and produce the special-edition vehicles.
The company did not immediately respond to our staff’s requests for comments and did not provide any additional details about availability or pricing for the Titan XD.