PUBLISHED : Saturday, 12 January, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 12 January, 2008, 12:00am

Nissan's pride goes on parade

Richburg Motors showed off 20 models of the 480-horsepowered, 3.8-litre turbo V6 Nissan GT-R at Ocean Terminal on Monday. The cars (right) were all pre-sold for HK$1,039,000, the parallel importer says, and there's a video of their arrival in Hong Kong on YouTube (

Official Nissan dealer Honest Motors has yet to comment on Richburg's presentation of the Japanese marque's pride and joy in Hong Kong so soon after its October unveiling at the Tokyo Motor Show.

We also hear Richburg has formed 'a new supercar team for pre-sales and after-sales as well as supercar event management'. So competition in the local luxury fastie sector could be heating up.

The importer is also holding a car show at the New World Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui this weekend.

'As part of our Nissan GT-R promotion, we have teamed up with Sony PlayStation, which has supplied us with arcade-size PlayStation machines loaded with the latest version of Grand Turismo 5,' says Richburg spokesman Fai Tsang. 'Customers may test their driving skills on the [virtual] GT-R on one of many circuits.'

James Dean, eat your heart out

Porsche Centre Hong Kong says 'close to 30' enthusiasts attended the recent Porsche Sport Driving School at Zhuhai International Circuit. Among the machines (below) were a 911 GT3 RS and several 911 Turbos, and Porsche-approved instructors offering potentially life-saving advice.

'Among them was Jebsen's Macau Grand Prix race champion Darryl O'Young,' says Porsche Centre spokesman Mabel Wong. This session was for participants who had already completed the marque's precision-level training, she says.

'The performance-level training further develops participants' car control skills, with advanced tuition on steering and cornering,' she says. 'Out on the circuit, instructors show participants how to find the ideal line and how to apply correct braking techniques when approaching a corner. This level continues to develop the techniques taught in the precision training, but also requires participants to make individual judgments.'

We recommend the courses as the Porsche instructors are clear and courteous when you corner abysmally or send a few cones flying. A few Zhuhai laps in a Cayman S with O'Young reminded us how little we knew about driving. The next Porsche Sport Driving School precision-level course will be held at the end of February, says Wong. Inquiries: call 2926 2208 or e-mail mabel.wong@porsche-hong