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Nissan GT-R

Nissan GT-R

Nissan GT-R

As universally respected as the Nissan GT-R is, it’s hard to believe that Godzilla is already six years old. That may not be old in monster talk, but in the auto industry, that’s the equivalent of mid-life-crisis time.

So yeah, the current-generation Nissan GT-R is ready for a new generation and for so long, people have been clamoring for the next-generation model. Well, according to a Nissan representative who spoke to Motor Trend, the next-generation GT-R is coming, and its coming in 2016.

This is the first time that somebody from Nissan has provided details on the future of its supercar model, or specifically, the future model that will usher in a new era of GT-R supremacy.

Details about the next-generation model have yet to be disclosed but activity in the Nissan camp over the past couple of days could potentially point to a GT-R that will come with a hybrid package. It’s a rumor that gained some steam in the past week after it was reported that Nissan had trademarked an "R-Hybrid" badge .

That could be the first step in a long list of developments and new technology that the next-generation GT-R could come in. With competitors all around developing new and exciting supercars of their own — Acura and Honda are in the final preparations for the production model of their respective NSX supercars — it was high time for a new generation for the aging GT-R

And so, 2016 it apparently is.

Click past the jump to read about what we can at least expect for the 2015 GT-R, specifically plans to develop a NISMO-tuned GT-R

Source: Motor Trend

It may have taken longer than expected, but the auction winnerhttp://www.topspeed.com/cars/car-ne... of the Nissan GT-R Bolt Gold finally saw his prized win in the flesh after the car was officially delivered at a special ceremony held in Melbourne, Australia .

Late last year, the bidder put down an astounding $187,000 bid on the two-off GT-R dedicated to Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt with the funds from the auction going to Bolt’s foundation in his native Jamaica. After months of waiting, including what we imagine to be a lot of waking up wishing to see the car in his garage, the new owner of the GT-R Bolt Gold can finally enjoy the car that he paid a princely sum for.

If we were in his position, we’d understand why the wait would’ve been really excruciating. It’s hard enough to wait months on end while your $187,100 is presumably sitting somewhere without you being able to touch the item that you purchased it for.

But we also understand how exciting it must’ve been to finally lay your eyes on the car you waited for so long to see. And the fact that there are only two models of this car in existence - the other one is with Bolt himself - makes it that much sweeter.

We’re just hoping that the proud owner over there in Australia takes good care of his new pride and joy. You waited so long for it, mate. Better make sure it sticks around with you for a long time too.

Click past the jump to read about the Nissan GT-R Bolt Gold

Okay, so we all remember back in March when yours truly passed on the news the Nissan claimed the next-gen GT-R would "electrify" enthusiasts. That, in turn, sparked a fireball of rumors claiming that Nissan was working on a hybri d variant of the GT-R . Well, now we have a little more evidence of that project.

Car and Driver managed to dig up, from the U.S. patent office, an image of a new logo that points toward the hybrid GT-R. The badge reads "R-Hybrid" —don’t confuse that with the Yaris Hybrid-R Concept — but not just any "R," the same three-dimensional "R" that sits in the feared GT-R nametag.

Sure, that "R" has seen use on nearly every Nissan "R" model since the early 2000s, but this one falls right in line with the timing of a hybrid GT-R. We also understand that the next-gen GT-R is not due out until 2017, but there is a lot that goes into designing and manufacturing a super hybrid, so chances are that Nissan chose to get this trademark done quickly.

Alternatively, this rapid trademark could also mean that the hybrid GT-R is ahead of schedule and Nissan plans to reveal a concept of it very soon. Stay tuned for more details.

Click past the jump to read about the current GT-R

Drag racing has become so ingrained in the fabric of auto racing that you often see one taking place in pretty much all corners of the world.

But while the traditional setup often involves just a pair of cars duking it out for quarter-mile supremacy, Motor Trend has taken the concept of drag racing to a whole new level with its now famous annual installment of “The World’s Greatest Drag Race."

Now on its third installment, "The World’s Greatest Drag Race" pits not just two cars but a dozen of them. 12 of the fastest and most powerful cars you’ll ever come across, starting side by side together and racing to see who can cover the quarter-mile the fastest.

MT’s first installment of this race was won by the Nissan GT-R and it would’ve been 2 for 2 if not for the Lamborghini Aventador beating out to punch in the second staging.

But now, the list is fresh with new exotics, ready, able and willing to take the mighty GT-R’s top perch in the order. There’s an Aston Martin Vanquish , an Audi R8 V10 Plus , a Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series , a Porsche Carrera 4S , and an SRT Viper among the worthy contenders.

Oh, and yes, the Nissan GT-R is back for a third go-round to reclaim its title.

We’re not going to spoil you to action because it’s going to make for a compelling six-and-so minutes of your life.

And if you didn’t get a chance to see The World’s Greatest Drag Race 1 and 2, you can click past the jump to go check them out!

Motor Authority was at the Nissan 360 event this past week and managed to snap a few teaser images of a wildly styled sedan . This four-port car features a profile that is eerily similar to the GT-R , and the timing f these images leads us to believe that this may be a new Maxima concept will possibly make its way to the Detroit Auto Show in 2014.

Nissan refers to its Maxima as a "four-door sports car" and at one point, that classification was true, as early Maxima models outperformed nearly every other midsize sedan on the market. In recent years, however, the Maxima’s styling has become flabby and the CVT that hooks up to its powerful V-6 is not best suited for anything with "sports car" in the title. Yes, its 6.2-second run to 60 mph is still one of the best in its class, but the flab-tastic styling and droning CVT gotta go!

If these teasers at Nissan 360 bear conceptual fruit sometime in 2014, it means that the Maxima may well regain the looks and drivetrain to match its classification as the "4DSC." With a new bedmate in the GT-R — at least in profile view — this leads to the possibility of the Maxima ditching front-wheel drive in favor of a sportier all-wheel drive system or even a — GASP — rear-wheel-drive setup. That would make this the first non-front-wheel-drive Maxima since it switched from the Datsun 810 platform in 1985.

If this is all not just hyperbole, then we expect to hear an announcement of a new Concept Maxima — or at least a "concept sedan" — coming very soon, so stay tuned.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Nissan Maxima and to see a Comparison image that shows the current Maxima, this teaser image and the GT-R.

Paying tribute to the unheralded people behind some of the finest cars on the planet is easier said than done.

You can’t really recognize people who prefer to do their work in the shadows, content on letting their products be recognized for what they eventually become.

That’s why Nissan’s decision to showcase the four men behind the success of the Nissan GT-R became more than just an eye-opening look into the people whose imprint on Godzilla stands out above everybody else.

Collectively, they are called "takumi" and they are the ones in charge of building the heart of the GT-R: it’s V VR38 engine. If you have a GT-R in your garage, we invite you to pop open the hood and you might see nameplates like "Handbuilt by Takumi Kurosawa" inside. That’s a testament to each of the four artisans who have no other business in life than to ensure Godzilla runs smoothly.

Takumi Kurosawa is the lead engine builder for the supercar but he isn’t the only one. Joining him are Izumi Shioya, Nobumitsu Gozu and Tsunemi Oyama.

Remember their names because they put the work in to turn the Nissan GT-R into one of the most desirable sports cars in the world today.

Click past the jump to watch a behind-the-scenes video of the short documentary. Enjoy!

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In the past few months, AMS Performance’s GT-R Alpha Omega car smashed record after record. On July 13, 2013 the GT-R Alpha made history one more time: it managed to run the quarter mile in under 8 seconds, making the AMS GT-R the first 9, 8 and 7 second R35 GT-R!

Just 2 days before achieving this incredible result, theGT-R Alpha managed to run the quarter mile in 8.25 seconds at a speed of 185 mph. Still a very impressive result, but as the car seemed to be capable of much more. After two days, it was pushed to its limits once again and this time it managed to run the quarter mile in 7.984 seconds at a speed of 186.14 mph.

What’s even more incredible is that the car used to brake the record is a "full street trim car," with only some minor drag race parts added, like the parachute and the 18-inch drag wheels.

One more video after the jump.

The Nissan GT-R has been the subject of special edition models recently with the Track Edition and the Gentleman Edition making headlines in the past couple of months.

But Nissan apparently isn’t done rolling out the "special edition" carpet on Godzilla, as highlighted by the latest GT-R bearing that monicker.

This is the creatively named GT-R Special Edition, limited to only 100 units worldwide — 50 units in the U.S. — making it a real must-have for any GT-R aficionado anywhere.

So what makes this particular Nissan beast different from the others with the same designation? For starters, the name says it all. It carries an exclusive Midnight Opal body color that you’re not going to find anywhere else. Nissan says the finish on the surface "sparkles like a jewel" and the color changes depending on lighting conditions and viewing angle.

The model also features a dry carbon-fiber rear spoiler that enhances aerodynamic stability, a new set of highly rigid, lightweight forged-aluminum wheels that come with an eye-catching hyper-titanium coating, and a gold model number plate located within the engine compartment to emphasize its exclusivity.

You can pickup the GT-R Special Edition for $105,590, which is a $6,000 increase over the GT-R Premium. It will hit select Nissan dealers starting in September 2013.

Whichever way you slice it, the Nissan GT-R Special Edition deserves that distinction. And then some.

Click past the jump to read about the Nissan GT-R Track Edition and the Nissan GT-R Gentleman’s Edition

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British magazine AutoCar had the crazy idea of putting face to face a Nissan GT-R and an Audi RS6 Avant . While it may sound like a crazy idea, the two cars actually perform pretty closely with one another: they both have all-wheel drive, deliver more than 500 horsepower and in the UK are priced at £80,000 - around $120,000 at the current exchange rates.

Despite the on-paper similarities between the two, AutoCar took them on the road to see if the big, practical Audi RS6 can really outpace, or at least hang with, the breathtaking Nissan GT-R. Steve Sutcliffe had the pleasure of hosting the battle and this video will show you the result of the test.

Check it out to see if the RS6 Avant is really as cool as Audi claims and if it can stand in front of the powerful GT-R. Let us know which of the two models is your favorite!

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Switzer Performance is getting better with every upgrade program it offers for theNissan GT-R . Back in January, the tuner unveiled the GT-R Goliath and now it’s back with an even more amazing upgrade. Switzer is describing its new project as the "most track-focused Nissan GT-R" to date.

The new GT-R ClubSport is based on the previous Switzer-built Ultimate Street Edition from which it gets the engine and turbocharger upgrades. This new package adds in a big-brake package, a track-tuned suspension system, a new aerodynamic body kit and a set of racing seats. Switzer also fitted the ClubSport with more track-oriented Toyo R888 tires and grip-happy carbon-nano brake pads that are specially formulated to reduce fade and improve bite.

The price for the upgrade is $29,900, not including the price of the GT-R, and the standard Switzer Performance Ultimate Street Edition GTR upgrades. The tuning work takes anywhere from 3 to 4 weeks.

Click past the jump to read more about the Nissan ClubSport GT-R by Switzer.


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