2007 Nissan GT-R

Nissan announced that the next generation of Nissan’s renowned GT-R performance car will be available in North America and badged as a Nissan model, consistent with its global branding. The GT-R, which was previewed in concept form as the GT-R PROTO, has not previously been offered for sale in North America. The GT-R will debut in production form at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show. It is scheduled to go on sale in Japan in Fall 2007, followed by the U.S. and Canada in Spring 2008.

The car was born out of a staid line of big saloons, and turned into an adrenalised bruiser by packing it out with high-tech gadgetry so it emerged as an unlikely but entirely credible rival for 911s and Ferraris, a serial race-winner, a N├╝rburgring legend and a blazingly memorable road drive.

The Nissan GT-R is part car and part culture. The culture part coalesces around its almost exclusively Japanese origin and heritage: no one is better than the Japanese at getting weirdly obsessive about something, especially if it’s something the rest of the world, literally and metaphorically, doesn’t get.

Nissan GT-R

"The GT-R started as a four-door Skyline saloon, very boxy. The second GT-R was a two-door coupe, and then the R32 [the first four-wheel-drive version] was still saloon-based. We wanted to maintain that GT-R DNA.

"The styling comes from the history, because the GT-R line didn’t start out as a pure sports car. Anyway, I think the slight boxiness is a Japanese characteristic. It challenges the history of European and American sports cars. In fact, the message of the new GT-R is very challenging."

The solidity and sharp lines are all part of the ’GT-R-ness’, and the Japanese origins. It’s not at all streamlined," Hasegawa says. But if not overtly streamlined, it is painstakingly aerodynamic and has spent time in the wind tunnel.

Nissan GT-R

The rumors tell that the car will use some form of Nissan V6 in the VQ family. It will be based off the same award-winning VQ35DE powerplant that is used in practically every Nissan in production. It won’t be the 3.5L naturally aspirated mill that we’ve seen in the 350Z and G35. It will use a larger displacement 3.7-4.0L version of the same engine mated to a twin-turbo setup. Tuning and engineering has been done by the racing experts at Cosworth. The car will have at least 400 hp and up to 500. No torque figures have been announced.

Other performance features are, supposedly, a positive-boost turbo system. This means that the GT-R will never fall into negative boost and, like a supercharger, will always have boost available. This should make power delivery very linear, but, once again, we have yet to hear official word from the PR machine at Nissan. The last bit of vital info to the GT-R legend is the use of a seven-speed CVT transmission with an all-wheel drive system. This seems an obvious choice, except for the seven-speed tranny.

An 8-speed automatic gearbox is one of the rumoured items to be making its debut, as are magnetic valves, but it’s been so long between drinks for the GT-R that there are sure to be more surprises in store.

Exterior design is vastly different than that of the Infiniti, at least in the current GT-R Proto and for the first time the car will not only be sold globally, but will not simply be a reclad and redone Skyline.

Nissan GT-R

The new GT-R looks like a direct evolution of the GT-R Concept we saw four years ago. Not much has changed on the vertically-oriented headlights, but that was one of the best features in the previous concept. The front-end is decidedly GT-R with a lot of race-inspired treatment. Whether or not the production vehicle will feature the pricey material, carbon fiber, is up in the air. On this new concept the contrast is magnificent and much of the fascia is undoubtedly for aerodynamics versus simple design. Function rules over form here, but we still get perfect lines. Count them, the GT-R Proto has seven inlets not including the ones found on the hood. They could be very-well routed to introduce cold air into twin oil and intercoolers along with a large radiator. The center air damn is probably used to push as much air into the engine bay as possible—plus it looks hot.

A lower front carbon fiber lip likely extends further back into a diffuser. The previous GT-R had one, this one should too. F1 teams have found this technique useful for aero-control and with so much power and touted top speeds nearing 200mph, the GT-R will need as much help as it can get. Aerodynamics are important on the GT-R, aft of the wheels, the fenders have outlets that let airflow escape behind the tires. This not only reduces unwanted drag, but is designed to help cool the large calipers.

An upgraded version, perhaps with a 32-bit processor, of the ATTESA system could be implemented in the 2007 GT-R, though the R34’s all-wheel-steering Super HICAS (the rear-wheels could be turned by 1┬░) system is less likely to make it into the 21st century GT-R.

Staring at the surface just increases the frustration of not knowing what’s underneath. Because the car doesn’t launch until October 2007, Nissan still refuses to divulge anything, beyond saying the mighty twin-turbo inline-six of the old R34 GT-R is deceased.


19 comments:

yea this car is definitely worth the price tag... and nissan is great.

I just don’t get it. Most of these people google at cars like Ferraris, lamborghinis and other cars, the cheapest of them costing twice as much. And when they are offered a car like this for half the price, they start to bit*h about the price tag.

I don’t care how long it takes but Iam gonna get the new GT-R.

this may have a high price tag but for the specs its not bad... you figure mercedes and bmw sells cars for 100k plus that wont perform as good as this and probably not as luxurious either... i’d take this over the bmw m3... and a vette Z06 but idk about the new ZR1 or a viper... that’d be a tough one

but i’m a fan of muscle cars so that kinda sways my opinion...but this car is still amazing. i wouldn’t wanna pull up beside it at a stoplight

yea the skyline is the best

excellent car. whatever transmission it has it will be fast. for those complaining about the price, this car will compete with the likes of porche and ferrari which will cost more than twice the amount of the gtr, you morons! this price is not to much for the tecnology and the comfort features provided by the gtr. so gtr haters go screw yourselves. this is an an actual supercar.

only ies drive automatic real racers handle sticks

sorry illeagleracing and gtr fan, you’re way off. The test mule of this car has been doing laps with a 2006 911 turbo to make sure it can beat the best of europe in this range...american cars are not even close. If the handling of an R34 gtr is anything to go by, nothing will out do this car on the track

i am in love i WILL have one one day i swear upon that

if its nissan its me the guys with power here in jamaica knows you don’t mess with a skyline and dam do we have skylines. Those round tail lights are going to haunt you toyotas and hondas. infinity nah nissan is what it is. a little pricey though but i think it will come down. Going with a tiptronic transmission does take some of the fun out of driving, even though i must admit that paddle shifters are faster but at the end of the day. If a nuh sky line a nuh nuttin BIg up di sky line DI monster of cars

Being a fan of the older skyline I think nissan has done a good job rebirthing the car and deciding to finally bring it to the US. The only drawback I can see is the price. 75 to 85 thousand for a nissan or infinity is off the mark, I think nissan will rethink this desicion in a year or two. The broadest fan base for this vehicle will not be able to afford this car resulting in lagging sales. The problem therein is the common thread that all american sales cars are based, raw performance. From the numbers nissan has unveiled the new gtr will not dominate the streetlight fiascos taking place on US streets. I cant see it putting itself up against even the american stables ie cobra, vette which are cheaper and the viper in the same price range. Im glad to see it arrive but for myself Ill take the GT500, save about 20 grand, drop on a turbo kit and make some real horsepower.

well first of its a nissan not an infinity even if they are the same thing because nissan is about the gtr and i know they will have transmition choices 6SPEED MT AND 7SPEED AT so dot cry about it kids

THE GT-R IS ONE CAR THAT WHEN IT COMES HERE TO THE USA WILL BE EVERY KIDS DREAM, HOWEVER AT A PRICE WELL OVER 70G I DON’T THINK IT WILL LAST LONG IN THE LINE UP. NISSAN DID MAKE THE RIGHT CALL BY SELLING IT UNDER THE NISSAN BADGE. I KNOW IF I HAD THAT MONEY I WOULDN’T BUY IT IF IT HAD THE INFINITI NAME PLATE, SORRY NO INFINITI IN JAPAN....WHY SPEND OVER 70G IN A GT-R WHEN THE 2008 SUPRA WILL BE 350 HP IN THE MID 30’S. THIS DECISION, EVEN THOUGH I LOVE THE GT-R , FOR ME WILL BE A NO BRAINER.

all of ya’ll are ies its skyline or nothin get in or get out es!!

IF YOU PANSIES ARE TOO SCARED OF CHANGE THEN GO AHEAD AND DRIVE MANUAL ONLY CARS AND CRY ABOUT IT WHEN NISSAN ONLY COMES OUT WITH ONLY PADDLE SHIFT GT-R’S.
ALL THE SUPERCARS NOW ARE OFFERED WITH COMPUTER ASSISTED, CLUTCHLESS TRANSMISSION FOR BETTER LAP TIMES.
THOSE WHO DETEST SEQUENTIALS AND GLORIFY "THE ALMIGHTY MANUAL" ARE A BUNCH OF 14 YEAR OLDS WHO HAVE BEEN WATCHING TOO MANY RERUNS OF FAST AND FURIOUS...

This car has been rumored to have an AUTOMATIC transmission. No clutch meaning a toddler could drive it. I dont care if paddle shifters are faster. If they dont offer a manual tranny version then any driving pleasure will be gone. Not to mention half their customers. I certainly wont pay that much for an automatic. And yes, Nissan will have to re-vamp their service centers to handle such a costly beast.

very nice article. hopely I can afford one, one day

even it is a nissan i will still buy it. so what, it is still a skyline.

Regarding sales through Nissan dealers instead of
Infiniti ones:

There are a lot of angry infiniti owners like me who were hoping on the car being distributed by infiniti.

Infiniti service is the best. Being an owner of Infiniti and Nissan vehicles; I know that Infiniti service is by far much
better than Nissan. I don’t know if peoples are going to
buy a car with a sticker price of more than $75,000 and
receive a service of a $20,000 car ???

Please Carlos Gosh, make GT-R an Infiniti badge car.

I would just like to say that the "deceased" GT-R’s will never actually "be" deceased, just like all the other great cars of their time, they will go on, like the Mustang, the Mazda’s( from RX-2 to RX-8) and just like the original Mini.

These cars do not die, they cannot, they just get redesigned to meet the current trend, thought they carry on the tradition that was, the originals will remain and continue to be with us for a loooong time to come.

Same thing happend to the Mustang, Mini, Beatle, Camero.
Even though they are old cars, they will and have lived on while there have been newer models in the making.

Why? Because people don’t always want change, they loved it for what it was and the same thing is happening here, my generation will stand for the 8-10 generation Skyline while this one is for the next generation.

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