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For the last seven years, the Nissan GT-R has been terrorizing tracks, road courses, and local surface streets with its powerful, twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-6 and all-wheel-drive. Now for 2015, Nissan had released the Nismo version — an amped up GT-R kicking out 600 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque; not to mention extra special bodywork that keeps the car planted at high speeds.

Well Steve Sutcliffe of Autocar got behind the wheel of a GT-R Nismo to see if the new high-performance package was everything it’s cracked up to be. How does it handle on the track? Does the new equipment make the car too hard for the everyday commute? Sutcliffe answers those questions in the video while giving us plenty of slow-motion sideways shenanigans to drool over.

According to Sutcliffe as he pummels through some winding English roads, the GT-R works wonderfully at cornering perfectly flat and very predictably. Not understeer at all. And that’s just in comfort mode. Pulling onto the track and set to Race Mode, the GT-R outshines its past iterations by blowing away corner apexes and straight line pull-aways.

So before I spoil all the fun, go watch the video and enjoy the videography for yourself.

Records are always meant to be broken. It’s just that some take longer than others. That’s a nice tenet to hold on to when talking about a recent record-breaking lap time at the Goodwood Festival of Speed involving the Nissan GT-R Nismo Time Attack. The Japanese supercar not only made an incredible impression at Goodwood, but it also stamped its authority on the event’s existing supercar record lap time by completely obliterating it.

The record-setting lap time was set at the event’s Michelin Supercar run. 2011 GT Academy winner, Jann Mardenborough, was behind the wheel of the GT-R Time Attack when it set the blistering lap time of 49.27 seconds, beating out the Noble M600 for the record lap.That’s an incredible achievement for a young man whose only racing experience came in the form of video games.

Making Mardenborough’s lap time all the more impressive was how he was able to navigate the GT-R Time Attack to a faster lap time than some pretty incredible supercars driven by the likes of former F1 drivers Bruno Senna and Rupert Keegan.

Think the Ferrari LaFerrari , the Pagani Huayra , and the McLaren P1 posted faster lap times than the GT-R ’Time Attack’?

None of them did.

Click past the jump to read more about the Nissan GT-R Nismo ‘Time Attack’.

Source: TopCar

Nissan has been synonymous with performance ever since the Skyline GT-R was introduced in 1969. The moniker quickly made a name for itself on the street and the track, ultimately evolving into a coupe that went on to dominate the race courses starting in the late 1980s. The saga continued through the 1990s with the R33 and R34 models, and came to an abrupt halt in 2002 when Nissan decided to separate the GT-R line from the Skyline name. Five years later, the GT-R we all know today came alive and things got ridiculously fast and powerful.

Now, with GT-R getting up there in age, Nissan is looking to take it up a notch. One that’s likely to include a hybrid powertrain, enormous amounts of power and twist, and a brand-new design approach. The Japanese aren’t too keen on divulging the details behind the brand-new GT-R, but they’re giving us a taste of the next supercar using the Gran Turismo franchise. Dubbed Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo — we speculated that it would be called the NC 2020 (not too bad for a guess, right?) — this new concept vehicle will hit said game starting July. We also suspect that this dream project will materialize, in some form or another, as Nissan’s upcoming GT-R.

Updated 06/26/2014: Those of you who attended Goodwood had the pleasure of seeing lots of cool cars, including Nissan’s Vision Gran Turismo. For the rest of us, Nissan unveiled a new set of images and one new video that explains the design idea behind the new concept.

Updated 06/27/2014: Nissan unveiled a new video showing the new Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo while being unveiled in Goodwood. Enjoy!

Updated 06/30/2014: This review was updated with a new set of images from the car’s official debut in Goodwood. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo.

Le Mans has a long history of record making and breaking. Since the 24 hour race first began in 1923, it has been a true mecca of speed and innovation. Now Nissan has attacked this legendary course and set a new Le Mans record speed for electric-powered vehicles by achieving a velocity of 300 kph (186 mph) during qualifying with its ZEOD RC . The record was reached in the first run of the second night’s qualifying by driver Satoshi Motoyama as he blasted down the Mulsanne Straight.

The ZEOD RC uses a unique dual-powertrain configuration with both an electric motor and an internal-combustion engine. Nissan has big plans for this new machine and is looking to break many more records over the course of the weekend’s race.

Nissan wasn’t the only company looking to make waves at Le Mans this year either. Toyota challenged the Audi team that dominated for the last several years, and Porsche has returned to challenge for an overall title as well with F1 ace Mark Webber at the wheel. This year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans was quite an exciting time for motorsports.

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Nissan has been building midsize trucks since 1985, with models stretching all across the globe. Here in U.S., the Hardbody and then Frontier have filled the slot, but overseas in nearly every other country, it’s been the Navara. Now for 2015, the Navara moves into its twelfth generation with the NP300 Navara.

While we were expecting Nissan to announce the U.S.-spec Frontier sometime soon, the automaker has been quiet on the details. We do suspect many if not most of the Navara’s details will transfer over to the Frontier, but we cannot be certain. That’s especially true when considering the powertrain options.

As for the new NP300, the updates are more evolutionary than revolutionary. A more ridged high-strength frame holds still the independent, coil-over suspension up front with a leaf spring suspension out back. Power comes from two — so far — improved engines: a 2.5-liter, inline four-cylinder, gasoline mill and a 2.5-liter, inline four-cylinder, turbo-diesel. Both engines are more efficient and powerful, helping the truck do more with less fuel. A seven-speed automatic and a six-speed manual transmission are offered with both engines.

An electric, shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive system is available and is assisted by Nissan’s Vehicle Dynamic Control system, Hill Start Assist, Hill Decent Control, and Active Brake Limited Slip. That last feature uses the brakes to apply force to a spinning wheel in low-traction situations on both the front and rear axles. The mechanical differential then sends power to the opposite wheel.

These nitty-gritty features all work together to get make the Navara look like a solid contender for Nissan in the upcoming years. As far as the U.S. version, it appears we’ll have to wait a bit longer for any news. But when it comes, rest assured that TopSpeed will have it covered.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Nissan NP300 Navara.

Our recent crowning of Nissan as the most enthusiast-focused brand continues to hold true as the automaker just released this teaser image of what’s likely to be the Vision Gran Turismo concept — a vehicle that is slated to bridge the gap between the virtual world of Gran Turismo and reality. Nissan says it will “reveal the next chapter in its story” in the press release below, and we can’t think of a better place than the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Backing up that notion is a Tweet from Nissan Vice President Andy Palmer saying, “Think it’s worth coming to Goodwood????” with a link directing followers to a cloth-covered vehicle perched atop a date that reads June 10, 2014. Well, today is that day and Nissan has released the impressive image above accompanied by a press release giving yet another date, this time June 16th.

Also included in the press release is a statement about Nissan revealing the car to “an audience that has always shared our passion for performance.” Perhaps the lucky group of performance-minded folks will include pro gamers from the Nissan GT Academy.

As for the car itself, we could be looking at an early version of the next generation GT-R. Its mean looks and angular design, along with a large rear wing means this car is ready for business. But it looks like we’ll have to wait till the 16th to get the full run-down on the twice-teased car.

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Nissan has accompanied its teaser photo of what we assume is the 2015 Frontier with a teaser video ahead of its June 11th unveiling. The drop of the new teaser video is confirmation that Nissan has high expectations for the midsized pickup truck . That’s not a surprise considering that the Frontier has been in dire need of an upgrade for years now.

The teaser photo didn’t do much in showing the truck in all its glory. Unfortunately, the video isn’t any better. There are some quick cuts to the pickup, but you’re either going to have sharp eyes or quick hands to pause the video to get a better look at it ahead of its unveiling next week.

Still, give credit to Nissan because it’s done a good job building up the hype surrounding the pickup’s debut, boldly proclaiming that it has undergone over 40,000 quality control tests covering a distance of 1 million km in real-world conditions.

Those are serious numbers if Nissan isn’t exaggerating them. Should they be true, you can bet that expectations surrounding the new truck will go to another level.

Time to prove the hype, Nissan.

Brace yourselves, folks, as Nissan is about to reveal what appears to be a lightning-fast and awesome-looking concept car . The vehicle won’t lose its covers until June 10th, but the company’s first teaser is here to set our imagination ablaze.

Although it shows nothing more than a silhouette concealed beneath a cover, the image suggests the Japanese are about to unveil a flattened, sleek and likely astoundingly fast vehicle. What could it be? Well, we could be looking at Nissan’s very own Vision Gran Turismo concept, a virtual car that will hit Gran Turismo tracks to take on similar creations from BMW , Mercedes-Benz , Volkswagen , and Mitsubishi .

Of course, Nissan wasn’t too generous with the details, but the purpose of this vehicle is more than obvious given the aggressive front fascia and massive air intakes that are visible in the teaser. What’s more, the car appears to be fitted with a huge rear wing, a race-bred piece that complements the flared wheel arches and the sculpted hood.

Making things even better is that Nissan’s mysterious model, which is seemingly dubbed NC2020 (at least that is what Nissan named the image file), may preview the next-generation GT-R . We expect the new GT-R to hit the streets in 2016.

Considering that the Gran Turismo franchise, which already includes 148 Nissans, is an important playground for automakers as far as new cars and future technologies go, it makes a lot of sense for the upcoming GT-R to showcase its abilities in the pixel environment.

We will find out more in less than a week, so make sure you stay tuned to TopSpeed for the full details.

Click past the jump to learn what this new model could be.

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Nissan has just dropped a massive teaser for its upcoming 2015 Frontier midsize pickup truck . Seen on the automaker’s Instagram feed, the image shows what looks to be a crew-cab, short-bed truck with Nissan’s familiar grille perched between headlights and LED daytime running lights. The social media site also reveals the truck’s debut date of June 11th.

This is big news for midsize truck fans, as the current Frontier as been around, basically unchanged, since 2004. The new truck will also likely usher in a newly redesigned Xterra SUV, which it shares much of its architecture.

Other noticeable changes include a pronounced roof rack, bold ridges along the edges of the hood leading from the headlights to the A-pillars, chrome-surrounded lower fog lights, and a front bumper featuring moderately high approach angle. The truck will likely continue using a body-on-frame design in order to compete with General Motors’ upcoming Colorado and Canyon twins.

What’s more, Nissan may further compete with the 2016 version of the GM trucks when they debut the first diesel-powered, U.S.-spec midsize truck in recent history. Back at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, Nissan showcased a 2.8-liter, inline four-cylinder, Cummins turbo-diesel engine. Nissan even admitted back then the concept truck was created to gauge the public’s response and interest in future truck products. I know we sure sang its praises.

Diesel engine or not, an updated — if not all-new — Nissan Frontier is a welcomed sight. With General Motors and now Nissan joining the midsize truck category for 2015, we’re greatly anticipating other manufacturers jumping on the bandwagon. Toyota, Ram, and Ford have been put on notice.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Nissan pickup truck.

Source: Nissan

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