Nissan GT-R

Nissan GT-R

Nissan GT-R

Nissan GT-R started destroying supercars twice its cost in 2008 and since then it has received minor updates each and every year since. The only major update, however, came in 2011 by way of a power bump from 478 to 520 horsepower. Now, new reports from “insiders” suggest that a second major update is planned for the 2015 model year.

The model will received a pretty significant facelift, but the most important updates will be made to the driveline in an attempt to lower the car’s 0-to-60 mph sprint time down from the current 2.8 seconds. For this, the current six-speed dual-clutch gearbox will be replaced by a new one featuring an extra gear. As a result, the insider reports that the sprint time will be improved by at least 0.1 seconds.

Along with the new transmission, the 2015 GT-R will also get improved brakes, new tires and, of course, a new record time around Nürburgring — Kazutoshi Mizuno hopes to take it down to 7 minutes 15 seconds.

Beat that Porsche!

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Nissan’s press conference regarding the current state and future of its in-house performance division, NISMO , was eye-opening for a multitude of reasons.

But the most important part of the whole thing, at least in our eyes, is the announcement made by Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn regarding the possibility of a Nismo edition being built for the company’s flagship supercar, the GT-R .

Well, Ghosn put all the rumors to rest at the official opening of the new Nismo global headquarters and development center in Yokohama, Japan. "It would be unthinkable for us to develop a range of Nismo road cars without including the GT-R," Ghosn said during the press conference.

"The standard road car is a global supercar and the GT-R’s performance on track reflects the passion and talents of the Nismo team. The GT-R Nismo will be special and I can’t wait to drive it."

Well, there you have it, fellas. The Nissan GT-R will get a Nismo version and Carlos Ghosn, as well as the entire population we imagine, "can’t wait to drive it."

No details were released regarding any specs or figures, but the automaker did say that the model will be based on the 2014 GT-R and is scheduled to hit dealerships in a year’s time.

"We know that enthusiasts around the world will be itching to know more about the forthcoming GT-R Nismo," Nismo president Shoichi Miyatani explained.

"It’s too preliminary to share any details yet, but fans can be certain we’ll be applying all of our motorsport expertise to creating a GT-R Nismo worthy of the name."

And with that, expectations for the GT-R Nismo just went through the roof.

Last month, Nissan unveiled the Japanese specifications for the 2013 Nissan GT-R and announced that the 2014 U.S. model year will be making its world debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. As we expected, the 2014 U.S.-spec GT-R will be nearly identical to the 2013 JDM-spec GT-R, but American customers will enjoy a few more updates, thus avoiding completely disappointing us.

The updates are mostly limited to minor tweaks to the engine’s internals. Despite these minor adjustments, the 2014 GT-R will carry over the same output specifications as it had in 2013. AS we all know, horsepower is only a portion of the equation. You also need to reach the peak-output rpm in an efficient manner, and this is where Nissan made most of its changes – what most people simply refer to a “throttle response.”

So, are these improvements worthy of trading in your 2013 model year for?

Updated 01/24/2012: Nissan has just released the official prices for the 2014 GT-R, which is now on sale at the dealers nationwide. Bad news is that when compared last year’s model, the 2014 model year prices have been increased by $2,770. As a result, the 2014 GT-R Premium is priced at $99,590 and the GT-R Black Edition comes in at $109,300.

To find that out and more, hit the jump to read all about the 2014 Nissan GT-R.

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After having a cameo in “Fast 5,” the producers of the next installment have finally decided to give a more deserving role to the award-winning Nissan GT-R . And guess what? Like how Gerard Butler worked out for the movie "300,” the Nissan GT-R will also grow some muscles and abs for the movie, thanks to BenSopra and SP Engineering.

This car is a tuner enthusiast’s dream with the host of upgrades, both in styling and performance, so it is bound to grab some attention from the lead actor Vin Diesel.

This superstar GT-R features a muscular and aerodynamic body kit by BenSopra that makes the car look like a fire breathing Godzilla (which it actually is) and a full carbon-fiber treatment by Seibon that includes the doors, door sills, cooling panel set and engine cover. AMS Performance stepped in an offered up a carbon roof and trunk lid. Pretty awesome, don’t you think?

To smoke the competitors, both on the big screen and for real, the GT-R’s 3.8-liter V-6 carries Switzer’s P800 turbo kit, including HKS downpipe and resonated Y-pipe provided by SP Engineering. The soon-to-be movie star also stops faster thanks to the custom ceramic brake set-up by Weapons Grade Performance.

Overall, this custom Nissan GT-R just gives us a good reason why we should watch the 6th installment of the Fast and the Furious. Now, if only they had an Oscar Award for baddest cars...

As promised, the 2013 model year Nissan GT-R (2014 for the American market) will be further improved when compared with the 2012 model year. Nissan Europe announced that the 2013 GT-R has scored an impressive 7 minute 18 seconds Nürburgring lap time — a 3 seconds improvement when compared to the 2012 GT-R .

During a lap test around Nürburgring, the 2013 GT-R scored a time of 7 minutes and 19.1 seconds, but the car’s creator Kazutoshi Mizuno says that 0.5 seconds were lost to traffic on that hot lap leading us to a time of 7 minutes 18.6 seconds.

Along with being faster around Nürburgring, the 2013 GT-R will run from 0 to 62 mph in just 2.7 seconds – 0.1 seconds quicker than in the 2012 car. The GT-R is offered with a tweaked V-6, 3.8-liter twin-turbo engine that delivers a total of 550 horsepower.

In the European market, the 2013 GT-R is now available for order.

Any time a tuning company decides that a program deserves to have its own teaser, you know it’s preparing a showstopper. And naming that said program "Goliath" only adds to the hype.

That’s what we have now from Switzer Performance, the US-based Nissan GT-R aftermarket specialist, as it recently released an interesting teaser of its program for the Japanese supercar. The package is being touted as the Goliath, and fittingly enough, it carries itself like one with improved performance credentials that are expected to peak at 1,500 horsepower at a shade over 7,000 rpm.

So, how was Switzer able to fit all of those ponies in the GT-R’s 3.8-liter V-6 engine? Surprisingly enough, it did this by using tested and proven parts like intercoolers, plumbing, and the exhaust hardware and modifying them in such a way as to be able to handle the massive uptick in output.

We expect Switzer to divulge more info about the Goliath GT-R in the coming weeks. We’re pretty sure that with a program like this, there’s more to the Goliath than having 1,500 horsepower. At the very least, we expect some exterior mods that’ll do justice to the name it’s been given.

We’ve seen what Jotech Motorsports can do when it puts its Stage 2 and Stage 5 kits on a Nissan GT-R . This time around, the tuning specialists have released details on its Stage 3 upgrade for Godzilla.

It’s not as powerful as the ungodly Stage 5 program, but the Stage 3 kit does have some pretty interesting additions for the GT-R. Two of these upgrades that bear strong interest are bolt-on turbo programs that come from either HKS or GReddy. The latter, in particular, also comes with a GReddy XL Intercooler kit, which also features a polished-aluminum piping, GReddy Type RS blow-off valves with all fittings and hardware coming as part of the program.

Whatever turbo kit you choose to have installed, Jotech will wrap them with DEI turbo blankets, ensuring superior performance credentials for the Japanese supercar.

In addition, Jotech was able to accomplish higher output with some help from a Cobb AccessPort #006 with TCM capability with the supercar’s fuel system now receiving 1,000 cc injectors, a pair of HKS twin fuel pumps, and HKS Iridium Spark Plugs.

With all those upgrades in tow, the GT-R can now hit in excess of 700 horsepower on 93-octane fuel. Any which way you slice it, that’s a lot of juice for a supercar that already packs a wallop in its standard configuration.

A set of HRE Series S101 wheels were also added to the program, rounding out a program for this red Nissan GT-R that was actually tuned by Jotech for Dallas Cowboys safety Gerald Sensabaugh.

We first brought to everyone’s attention that our favorite National Geographic show, “Megafactories,” was going to do a full-on documentary on Japan’s resident supercar, Godzilla itself, the Nissan GT-R .

It was a long wait, but now the episode has finally aired and we can now let out a gasp of excitement. “Mega Mega factories” has always been a hot ticket on our TV-viewing schedules, in large part due to their penchant for featuring some of the hottest exotic cars on the planet.

The GT-R is no different and the show did a pretty nice job of taking its viewers on a behind-the-scenes look at how Godzilla is born. No, we’re not talking about some deep crevice in the earth where the giant fire-spewing monster lays her eggs. We’re talking about Nissan’s facility in Tochigi, Japan, the site where the GT-R is built, and perhaps, after watching this video, the site where we’re going to find ourselves at in the event we end up going to Japan.

Check out the video in its entirety. It’s over 40 minutes long, but rest assured, it’s 40 minutes well spent.

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For those who think the 942-horsepower Nissan GT-R Stage 5 by Jotech is a bit too much to handle, the tuner has just finished a project on a GT-R sporting a more restrained Stage 2 kit.

The Stage 2 kit is for owners who want to have some fun tearing the streets while not being as crazy and impractical to drive as its Stage 5 sibling, though we wouldn’t exactly call it "civilized.” With the Stage 2 kit bringing 735-horsepower to the table, it still packs a mean punch and shames its European rivals horribly.

The Jotech GT-R is able to pump such power thanks to a more open and efficient breathing system. The custom exhaust and intake system includes GReddy stainless-steel resonated mid-pipe, stainless-steel downpipes, GReddy 94 mm titanium exhaust, and 3-inch aluminum air intakes with attached K&N air filters.

The engine management system also gets a shakeup with the map-switching capabilities of the Cob AccessPort and a custom Jotech Dyno/Street Tune by Kenny Tran. Finally, the fuel management system receives upgraded fuel injectors, HKS twin fuel pumps and HKS Iridium spark plugs.

Don’t expect any exterior modifications, as this kit has none, but the GT-R’s stock look is good enough for us. Actually, it’s more fun when onlookers don’t know that a beast is lurking under the simple exterior.

For people looking to extract an extra 205 horses out of that twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-6 engine, you’ll have to shell out $10,250, which we think is well worth the money if you’re looking to burn your next-door neighbor’s Lamborghini or Ferrari.

The latest episode of Car and Driver features one of the most amazing Nissan GT-R’s out there: a 1,400-horsepower version offered by no less an authority in aftermarket projects, AMS Performance.

The Alpha 12 GT-R is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo engine with a modified system, an increased boost pressure and reinforced block. With these updates, the Alpha 12 delivers a total of 1,400 horsepower and 1,014 lb/ft of torque. Not exactly mince meat, is it? As a result, the GT-R is capable of sprinting from 60 mph to 130 mph in just 3.46 seconds while breaking a quarter-mile time of just nine seconds at speeds in excess of 166 mph. Blown away yet?

The model is also the fastest R35 GT-R at the 2011 Texs Mile where it hit a top speed of 216.9 mph and also posted he fastest GT-R quarter mile in history, posting a time of 8.97 second a astonishing 169 mph.

Check out the video to see what Car and Driver thinks of this impressive Nissan GT-R.

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