Nissan GT-R

Nissan GT-R

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We all know that the next-generation Nissan GT-R has created quite a buzz in the automotive world; after all, everyone is interested in just how good (or bad) a hybrid GT-R will be. However this version is still several years away, so Nissan will simply continue updating the gasoline-powered version of the GT-R for now.

For the 2015 model year, Nissan made some changes to the exterior and the interior look, but most of the changes were made to the suspension system, giving it a "smoother ride comfort, more refinement, and benchmark fit and finish."

Since the engine and transmission were both updated for the 2014 model year , they continue unchanged in 2015. Besides, if the base GT-R isn’t powerful enough, you can always take a crack at the mighty GT-R Nismo version for your horsepower fix.

The revised Nissan GT-R will go on sale on December 2nd, as a 2014 model, and the 2015 model will hit showrooms in the U.S. in the beginning of 2014.

Updated 01/21/2014: Nissan announced today prices for the 2015 GT-R sports car which is now on sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide. prices will range from $101,770 for the GT-R Premium version and will go up to $115,710 for the GT-R Track Edition.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Nissan GT-R.

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Nissan GT-R

The Nissan GT-R is among the fastest-accelerating cars on the planet, second only to million-dollar hypercars. The evolution of the GT-R has been an interesting story, and the next-generation Nissan GT-R will mark yet another important milestone in its storied history.

Nissan has already started working on the next iteration of the GT-R, and for the first time, a top executive at Nissan has confirmed to that the new model will feature a hybrid powertrain. Now, don’t start thinking that this will be some a Hybrid that focuses only on being "green." Nope, this will be more of a performance hybrid, similar to the Porsche 918 Spyder’s setup.

Though these hyper-hybrids are just as fast as their gasoline-powered counterparts, we believe that a hybrid powertrain alters the "wow" factor of performance. Anyway, speaking to Autocar, Andy Palmer — engineering, sales and marketing boss at Nissan — said that there is an "inevitability" about electrification of all future cars and that the new Nissan GT-R "will see some form of hybridization".

For the time being, the Nismo GT-R will remain the flagship model and will receive annual updates. Nissan is known to launch upgrades for the GT-R every year, and the Nismo GT-R will be no exception. The updates include tweaks to the engine for extra performance, improvements on the aerodynamics front, etc.

Click past the jump for more on the Nismo GT-R’s Nurburgring lap time and on the current GT-R

Source: Autocar UK
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A few days ago, a Nissan GT-R Goliath prepared by Switzer Performance became the fastest supercar in a one-mile sprint, with a top speed of 250 mph. Now the same GT-R is being put to the test in the quarter-mile.

Just as it did in the one-mile run, the GT-R Goliath smashed the previous E85-powerwed record, as it zipped down the track in just 8.46 seconds at more than 180 mph, breaking the previous record by almost two-tenths of a second and a 10 mph.

The GT-R set the record at Michigan’s Milan dragway and behind the wheel was Tym from Switzer Performance. After breaking the record, he described how the team managed to establish a new record: "With the Syvecs SGTR system, we are able to manage all dynamics of the vehicle to our best advantage. We don’t have a rev-n-dump launch control, we have launch management. You can see that in the video. Even though we were pushing a little harder than we were in Moscow, the car still accelerated straight and true."

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The Nissan GT-R Goliath prepared by Switzer Performance delivers a total of 1,500 horsepower, so the fact that it managed to hit a top speed of 402 km/h (250 mph) is not too surprising. What is very surprising, however, is that it needed only one mile and just 22.6 seconds to hit this incredible speed. This makes the Goliath the world’s fastest GT-R in a one-mile sprint.

Apparently, there are only two other cars in the world that scored similar results: a Ford GT that managed to hit a top speed of 267 mph and a Chevrolet Camaro that hit the same 250 mph.

For those of you who do not know much about the GT-R Goliath, it keeps the same 3.8-liter, V-6 engine as a stock GT-R, but Switzer updated it with new intercoolers, plumbing and a new exhaust hardware. All these changed lead to a final output of in excess of 1,700 horsepower — almost three times the initial output of the GT-R .

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The Nissan GT-R is my hero. I was so amazed by the performance of the R35 generation of GT-R when launched that I modified the back of my Legacy 2.5GT to read “2.5GT-R” with an expensive and genuine GT-R emblem from Japan.

To put a badge from another car onto your own, as a grown man, is pretty pathetic in retrospect. But for the year or so that my Subaru was a 2.5GT-R, every time I saw the beveled red letters of that logo, I could not help but smile.

My car, I told myself, was sort of like a GT-R for people with dogs and cargo flexibility needs. I eventually grew up and mounted the GT-R emblem in prime position on my refrigerator, where it delights me even today.

Do not meet your heroes, they say. A lifetime spent worshiping a professional baseball pitcher, only to find out he is meaner than a rattlesnake and twice as deadly. Seeing the underbelly of any icon could ruin baseball altogether - if that was your life’s passion until seeing the bad parts up close.

I got to meet my hero last week via the 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Pack . While the car defined my day, and has consumed my thoughts ever since, I am unable to form an opinion even a full week later.

This is rare for me. Love it or hate it, I generally get a good sense of a car’s merits and issues within a few minutes behind the wheel.

But the GT-R is very different. Our time together was more of a fling than going steady, but if I thought I loved the GT-R more than anything else in the world before I drove it, what do I think now?

Still hard to say. I do know that sitting down in the GT-R for the first time was very intense on a number of levels. The hoon before me had every setting in race mode, and, frankly, I was not prepared for the performance the GT-R offers its drivers every second it is on the roads.

So while I try to stop shaking with cold sweats after only a few full-throttle sessions, the GT-R is better than a hero to me. It was better than everything I had previously read or knew about the vehicle.

We are putting together the full Driven review for next week, but until then, please enjoy these TopSpeed First-Drive Video reviews of the 2014 Nissan GT-R .

Click past the jump to see me sweat it out while hitting 60-mph in a claimed 2.8 seconds.

The Nurburgring is typically used by automakers to test their new vehicles in an attempt to gauge how fast it can go around the track relative to the competition.

Now, it appears that Nissan is setting up shop at the ’Ring this week in an attempt to set a new lap record for the Nissan GT-R .

The car that’s poised to challenge that mark?

The soon-to-be-unveiled 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo .

According to Autocar, the Japanese automaker has booked exclusive use of the ’Ring, which it will use to put the GT-R Nismo through the paces. The objective, as far as Nissan is concerned, is to shatter the record lap time of the GT-R around the Nurbugring. Currently, that record sits at 7 minutes and 18.6 seconds, which was set by Toshio Suzuki last year. Incidentally, that lap time is the ninth fastest time by a road-legal car at the circuit.

Former Formula 1 driver Sébastien Buemi will be behind the wheel of the NIssan GT-R Nismo when it attempts its laps at the Nurburgring. With Nissan promising to get the GT-R Nismo to hit 0-60 mph in just two seconds, it opens up a world of possibilities on how fast the supercar can tackle the Nurburgring.

Whether it can beat the record GT-R time remains to be seen, but from the looks of things, it’s certainly in play.

Click past the 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo after the jump

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The Nissan GT-R is by far Japan’s longest-running and most-talked-about supercar. Even in the face of an all-new hybrid NSX and the shrieking Lexus LF-A ’s V-10, the magic of the GT-R formula continues to fascinate and captivate car guys and gals across the world.

The latest R35 Nissan GT-R is the most accomplished in the family lineage by not only dominating the press in Asia and Australia — where the previous-gen cars were sold — but also taking headlines across America and Europe.

And the headlines are good. Not the standard "newcomer tries to beat Porsche , loses" we are all so familiar with. The GT-R is a machine that wins objective and subjective comparison tests against some of the absolute quickest and highest-tech machines in the world.

It has taken two generations of 911 Turbo models to get anywhere near the GT-R’s pace, and the $100,000 Nissan also regularly spanks Ferrari’s finest .

So much so that Porsche and Ferrari will no longer let one of their cars be in a comparo with the GT-R . Now that is an achievement.

So where to go with this legend of a race car? Keep the world-beating pace and all the latest component upgrades from the forthcoming GT-R Nismo , but improve the weight balance, center of gravity, aerodynamics and style.

A daunting task, to say the least. Luckily, the TopSpeed artists and graphic design team have created a few exclusive previews of where the GT-R’s styling will go in the next generations.

Tagged a 2016 Nissan GT-R, these renderings are purely speculative design studies. The ideas presented here are still quite interesting, with two distinct flavors of modern GT-R from which to select your favorite.

Click past the jump for a closer look at these TopSpeed exclusive previous of the next-gen Nissan GT-R.

Update 3/13/2014: A possible leaked image and insider information puts the 2016 GT-R at over 800 horsepower and gives it a whole new look. See more after the jump.

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Hennessey took its powerful Venom GT and the Nissan GTR HPE750 to Circuit Of The Americas for some media rides during the ALMS and WEC races on September 20th and 21st. This video shows the Venom GT in action on the famous F1 circuit and it was filmed with a GoPro camera installed on the GT-R.

As you probably know by now, the Venom GT is based on a Lotus Exige and it’s powered by a Corvette ZR1 -sourced 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8 engine. In its base setup, this engine delivers a total of 725 horsepower, but in the top version it can be raised to 1,200 horsepower. The Venom GT can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds and to 200 mph in 15.9 seconds. The tuner reported a top speed of 275 mph.

While the sound is not at its best quality, the video is surely worth watching, so enjoy!

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The folks over at Edmunds.com had the chance to test two of the greatest sports cars out there: a 2014 Corvette Stingray equipped with the Z51 package and a 2014 Nissan GT-R updated with the Track Edition package package. They pushed the cars to their limits in testing the 0-to-60 mph time, quarter-mile time, braking distances, slalom runs and skip pad ratings.

Of course, the GT-R dominated the 0-to-60 mph and quarter-mile runs, but the rest was so close that it really was a tight competition. In fact, the two were so close that the final decision really came down to which car was more fun to drive.

Check out the above video to see which of these two performance rigs came out on top. You may be shocked by the winner, but we certainly are not, as the winner is one of our favorite cars of 2014.

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Nissan GT-R Nismo

We’ve known about the existence of a Nismo version for the sporty Nissan GT-R for quite some time now, but we never had the luck of seeing it out there testing. Today, however, our spy photographers managed to catch the car cruising the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife racetrack, where Nissan engineers were pushing it to the extreme.

Rumors suggest that the Nismo version of the GT-R will be powered by a heavily updated version of the V-6 twin-turbo engine with an output increased close to 600 horsepower. This amazing output will allow the sports coupe to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in an unbelievable 2 seconds, embarrassing even high-performance supercars , like the Bugatti Veyron . The GT-R Nismo’s top speed is rumored to be close to 190 mph.

The new GT-R Nismo is rumored to be unveiled in November at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show . Sales are expect to begin in early 2014.


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