Nissan Stagea 260RS Autech: The GT-R's Wagon Companion Available in the U.S.

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【Summary】The Nissan Stagea 260RS Autech, a rare GT-R-inspired wagon, is being auctioned in the US. This model was never sold in the US but is now available due to its age. It shares the same drivetrain as the GT-R, including a powerful engine and all-wheel drive. The car features special upgrades such as bigger brakes, a unique body kit, and a strut tower brace. Only 1,734 of these wagons were made, making it a desirable collector's item. The current bid is $22,472, but it's expected to sell for more.

FutureCar Staff    Nov 19, 2023 8:15 AM PT
Nissan Stagea 260RS Autech: The GT-R's Wagon Companion Available in the U.S.

Fast wagons offer a unique combination of practicality and performance, and the Nissan Stagea 260RS Autech exemplifies this perfectly. Although it was never officially sold in the United States, one of these rare vehicles is now available for auction in California, complete with a US title.

What makes this even more interesting is that the Stagea is now over 25 years old, allowing it to be legally imported into the country. Instead of going through the hassle of finding and importing one yourself, someone has already done the work for you, giving you the opportunity to benefit from their efforts. The only adjustment you'll need to make is getting used to the fact that the steering wheel is on the opposite side, but that's a small price to pay for such a unique vehicle.

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 variants 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, featuring the RB26DETT engine, a manual transmission, and all-wheel drive. While the engine is factory-rated at 276 hp, it is believed to produce even more power. This particular version of the Stagea is the only one equipped with this powertrain, 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 can be found on all corners, and this particular vehicle still has them. Additionally, there is a large wing at the rear of the car, adding to its sporty appearance.

Only 1,734 units of the Stagea 260RS Autech were produced, and now one of them can be yours. It is currently up for auction on Cars & Bids, with the bidding price at $22,472 at the time of writing. It is expected that the final selling price will be considerably higher.

Photos: CarsAndBids

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