Back in June, Switzer Performance unveiled its Ultimate Street Edition based on the Nissan GT-R, but at that point no one imagined that the model will enjoy such a great success. Switzer announced today that the tuner just moved from its 4,500 square-foot garage to a 105,000 square-foot complex in order to expand its tuning operations.
This new complex will be used to produce company’s new Ultimate Street Edition GT-R in limited-edition fashion. In the future, however, Switzer hopes to expand production to several cars per month.
The model will be available at selected Nissan dealers at an $88,990 premium over the GTR’s base sticker price. For the money you will get a GT-R powered by a heavily modified 3.8-liter V-6 engine that delivers a total of 1,000 horsepower, allowing the GT-R to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in the 2 second range. This Ultimate Street Edition GT-R will have a top speed of 200 mph.
"We took a small performance garage and turned it into a supercar factory. That’s the simplest way to put it, but we really changed everything about the way the shop operates. We have a section of the shop now that focuses on complete, ‘turnkey’ converted cars," says David Kim, CEO of Switzer Performance. "The Ultimate Street Edition GTR is that team’s focus."
About two weeks ago, we brought you the first video showing the Nissan GT-R P800 by Switzer in action from 0 to 180 mph, but that video was filmed from inside the car. Now it is time for a second one and this time you have the chance to watch see the car in all its glory, thanks to multiple camera angles.
The video was shot on a private airstrip and it shows multiple accelerations clips from outside of the car, from a standstill. This piece of Japanese beauty manages to hit an incredible 184 mpg in an even more astounding 0.9 miles.
The P800 is equipped with Password JDM exhaust, test pipes, x-pipe, and other mods that have increased the engine’s output up to 800 horsepower and almost 700 pound-feet of torque. What an awesome vehicle.
Enjoy the video!
National Geographic’s Megafactories series has been featuring some of the most amazing supercars out there: Aston Martin One-77, Bugatti Veyron and much more.
And now the TV station is moving its attention to Japan, as the Nissan GT-R will also be featured in the next episode of "Megafactories" series. The episode has been filmed at Nissan’s factory in Tochigi, Japan, where the GT-R is being built. You will learn everything there is to know about the GT-R, including the incredible work needed to develop such an amazing sports car.
The GT-R is currently the most affordable supercar on the market - starts under $100K and delivers an incredible power: 3.8 liter V6 with 545 HP!
This episode will be aired on December 13, 2012, so be sure you won’t miss it! Until then enjoy this very cool teaser video released today by National Geographic.
The gold-painted Nissan GT-R Usain Bolt Edition is headed to auction, but this time, Nissan’s not going for the usual setup. Instead, it’s bringing the car to eBay where interested folks can have a chance to make a bid for the car.
The auction will run from November 22nd to December 2nd, 2012 and, according to Nissan, the winning bidder will have the car built specifically to conform to regulations in the bidder’s area. Delivery date has been scheduled for March 2013.
In addition to the "Bolt Gold" GT-R, which predictably is the crown jewel of the auction, Nissan will also auction off a number of other Bolt-signed items, including clothes and racing helmets. All of the proceeds from the auction will be given to the Usain Bolt Foundation, a charity that the record-setting sprinter established to lend support, and give educational and cultural opportunities to young kids in Jamaica.
It certainly goes without saying that the event holds special meaning to the Olympic champion’s heart, particularly because the people that it will benefit are young children from his home country. "This project excites me because it brings together my passion for speed and excellence, and my desire to help kids and young people," Bolt said.
So if you’re interested in owning a one-of-a-kind GT-R and knowing that the money you paid for it will go to a worthy cause, this is the auction for you.
The folks over at Switzer Performance have developed some of the most amazing tuning packages for the Nissan GT-R. The latest of its creations was the Ultimate Street Edition. Today, however, is time to watch the P800 GT-R in action.
With Brian Zuk behind the wheel, the P800 GT-R went from 0 to 180 mph in just a matter of seconds. Is not a surprise considering all of that power beneath the hood: an impressive 800 horsepower and almost 700 pound-feet of torque. In order to deliver this amazing output, the GT-R has received a new pair of turbochargers, monster intercoolers, a new fuel-management computer and the catalytic converters has magically disappeared. The P800 GT-R also received a new titanium exhaust system, an upgraded suspension system and, of course, a new brake system to drag it to a halt.
In the end all of that work worth it! Check the video if you don’t believe us!
Here in the U.S., we have had the 2013 GT-R for a pretty long time, but the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) had yet to receive its version yet. Just today, Nissan officially unveiled the all-new-for-the-JDM 2013 Nissan GT-R in Sugo, Japan. Along with this media circus came a short presser outlining the basics of this new model.
While this is not the 2014 U.S.-spec model, like some mistakenly thought at first, this may give us a small glimpse into the future of the U.S.-spec 2014 GT-R. Just like the 2013 GT-R here in the States, the 2013 JDM GT-R will receive some upgrades to its engine to help bump its already-stout engine up a few ponies and increase its responsiveness.
As expected, when we reached out to Nissan about this being related to the 2014 U.S.-spec GT-R, we were quickly met with the canned “we don’t comment on future vehicles.” According to the PR rep, who rejected us in the kindest way possible, “what’s in the press release is all the information there is.”
To read more about these improvements to the 2013 JDM-spec GT-R, click past the jump. Full story
The 2012 Nissan Nismo GT-R GT3, which Nissan launched at the beginning of the year, scored some amazing results during this year’s racing season. Now Nismo is getting even more powerful for the 2013 racing season with the unveiling of its new 2013 GT-R GT3-Spec - a model that adds improvements to the engine, suspensions and aerodynamics. Orders will be accepted beginning on November 13, 2012. Each unit will be developed on demand.
Under the hood, the 3.8-liter V-6 twin-turbo engine has received new camshaft timing and reinforced moving parts. The engine delivers a total of 550 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and a peak torque of 439 pound-feet at 5,000rpm.
In order to improve the car’s aerodynamics, Nismo adds canards to the front and the front fender louvers are enlarged. The positioning of the rear wing is also optimized. These changes improve aerodynamic balance between front and rear, and increase downforce, which enhances overall aerodynamic performance.
In Europe, the model will be priced at £270,000 - about $430,000 at the current exchange rates.
Click past the jump to read the full press release.
For some people, playing with R/C cars harkens back to the days of our childhood when the only thing we cared about was not running out of batteries for our beloved radio-controlled machines.
But for other people, R/C cars are used in far more enterprising - and awesome - ways. Take Need for Speed, for example. To create some hype surrounding the release of the new NFS game, Most Wanted, Electronic Arts decided to have a car chase recreated...using R/C cars.
The result? A rollicking two-and-a-half-minute video of awesomeness.
Featuring a Nissan GT-R, a Ford Mustang, a Porsche 911, and a band of Chevrolet Corvette police cars, the R/C car chase scene is straight out of any car movie. The video was amazingly executed by the people of RocketJump, complete with stunts, sound effects, and even a police helicopter.
Check out the video and see for yourself how a Mustang was able to jump over a helicopter. If it sounds too good to be true, it’s because it is.
The best place to test a car is in its natural habitat, at least that is what Jay Leno must think since he recently took the Nissan GT-R for a late night stroll in Tokyo, Japan.
In an "of course it wasn’t planned" moment, Leno found himself amidst a number of GT-R owners, along with Sam Mitani from Road & Track. Mitani was there to offer a few details about the meetings GT-R owners have. Tuned or not, old or new generation, these owners get together to have a little fun with their own Godzillas.
The future generation Nissan GT-R will also be included in these meetings soon enough as it is planned to debut in 2015. We expect big changes to occur for that generation, a little like what Chevrolet has planned for the Corvette C7.
When Vilner promotes itself as one of the finest interior tuners in the industry, there’s not a shred of exaggeration in their voices.
Their latest program for the Nissan GT-R certainly validates all those claims. See, it’s not enough to dress up Godzilla’s interior but for this particular model, they went the Asian route and upgraded the interior with an homage to the Year of the Dragon.
The first order of business, apart from giving the exterior a matte white body finish, was drawing an actual dragon on the interior, which was then embroidered on both the roof and the trunk of the GT-R. The meticulous detail by which the dragon was embroidered owes itself to the kind of intricate details the Bulgarian is known for. As for the trunk, Vilner also dressed it up in Alcantara. Fanciness all around.
The dragon inside the cabin is pretty much drawn all over the interior. It winds around the seats, passes through the center console, and enhanced by the use of leather, black Alcantara, and black carbon leather.
The black and red combination on the dashboard, door panels, and the black console also adds an emphatic edginess to the overall look of the interior, while the use of carbon on the steering wheel and gear shifter and corresponding red chrome paint completes the rather intricate interior dress up.