Nissan Stagea 260RS Autech: GT-R's Wagon Sidekick Available in the U.S.
【Summary】The Nissan Stagea 260RS Autech, a rare GT-R wagon, is being auctioned in the US. Despite never being sold in the US, it is now eligible due to its age. This model shares the same drivetrain as the GT-R, including a powerful engine, manual transmission, and all-wheel drive. With special features like bigger brakes, a unique body kit, and a rear wing, this wagon is highly sought after. Only 1,734 were made, and the current auction price is $22,472, expected to go higher.
Fast wagons are unique because they offer a combination of practicality and performance. The Nissan Stagea 260RS Autech is a rare example of this. Interestingly, one of these wagons is now being auctioned in California and it already has a US title.
What makes this even more intriguing is the fact that the Stagea was never officially sold in the United States. However, since it is now over 25 years old, it is allowed to be in the country. Instead of going through the trouble of finding and importing one yourself, someone has already done that work for you. Now, you can benefit from their efforts. The only adjustment you'll need to make is getting used to the steering wheel being on the opposite side.
The Stagea model is essentially a wagon version of the Nissan Skyline, which was sold until 2007. While the Skyline is often associated with the high-performance GT-R, there were also less powerful models available, including sedans and wagons like the Stagea. However, the 260RS Autech stands out for several reasons that are directly linked to the GT-R.
Most notably, the 260RS Autech shares the same drivetrain as the GT-R. This includes the RB26DETT engine, a manual transmission, and all-wheel drive. Although the engine is factory-rated at 276 hp, it is believed to have even more power. This particular version of the Stagea is the only one equipped with this powerful engine and drivetrain, and it also comes with other special features.
The brakes are larger and equipped with Brembo calipers. The body kit is unique to this version and remains intact on this car. Under the hood, a strut tower brace improves chassis rigidity. Special 17-inch Stagea wheels are present on all corners, and this particular car still has them. Additionally, there is a large wing at the rear of the car.
Only 1,734 of these Stagea wagons were produced, and now you have the opportunity to own one. It is currently up for auction on Cars & Bids, with the highest bid at $22,472 at the time of writing. It is expected to sell for considerably more than that.
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