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The Nissan 370Z isn’t the most powerful sports car in Nissan’s line-up. That honor belongs to the almighty Godzilla, the GT-R .

But suppose you wanted to turn your 370Z into something in the league of the GT-R, then you best give Steve Millen and the folks over at Stillen a call. Known for their aftermarket work on Nissan sports cars, Stillen has come up with a new project for the 370Z that’s street legal in all 50 states.

The power upgrade consists of a Vortech V-3 Centrifugal supercharger kit, an air intake with a polished air charge pipe and genuine K&N intake filters, fuel injectors, an air-to-water intercooler, and an UpRev ECU tuning cable and software. Add all these performance enhancements together and you get a 370Z that carries a 3.7 liter V6 engine with an increased output of 500 horsepower, a significant increase from the standard model’s 332-horsepower output.

And in case you don’t have a Nissan 370Z, Stillen’s tuning program also works for the Infiniti G37 .

Someday when you’re out on the road and you see a BMW M3, you won’t have to worry about being left in its dust. With Stillen’s program, you’re the one that’s going to be looking in the rear-view mirror.

The Nissan Maxima has been a pillar model for the Japanese brand for many years, so it wasn’t all that surprising that the company decided to freshen up the model for its 2012 release. Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be a whole lot of changes done on the car - both aesthetic and performance - to make it look different from the 2011 model.

For one, there are limited modifications done on the exterior of the car. The car’s powertrain also remains the same, which is a bummer considering that the engine has been around for the past three generations.

What we do like about the 2012 Nissan Maxima is that it’s got optional upgrades that customers can avail to for a pretty reasonable price. For only $750, you can get plenty of new goodies that can turn your Maxima into a full-fledged eye-catcher.

It’ll still carry the same powertrain, which is pretty disappointing, but hey, you can’t fault Nissan for at least trying to improve the new Maxima, even if the only thing they are offering is optional features.

Find out more about the 2012 Nissan Maxima after the jump

The Nissan NISMO GT-R GT3-spec race car made a successful debut at the Blancpain Endurance Series at Magny-Cours over the weekend, finishing eight in a field of 35 cars for JR Motorsport and proving that the car has enough bite to back up its bark.

Built to GT3 race specs and jointly developed by NISMO and JRM, the NISMO GT-R carries the same 3.8-liter VR38DETT V6 engine as that of the production model with an output of 530 horsepower and 451 lb/ft of torque.

The NISMO GT-R GT3, which was driven by David Brabham and Richard Westbrook, capped off its impressive performance by covering over 440 kilometers in just a little over three hours of action, showing that it can run with the established models of the GT3 class in just its first racing action. With development only beginning a year ago, the Nissan NISMO GT-R GT3’s performance at Magny-Cours is a sign of great things to come for both the car and the JR Motorsport team.

“We came to Magny-Cours with a plan, as our main goal was to test the reliability of the car in an endurance event and to assess how it compared in a competitive environment - and that’s exactly what we’ve done," team principal Andy Barnes said.

"To achieve such a solid all-round performance has taken months of hard work by NISMO and JRM. The outcome of this weekend really underlines the true potential of the car and keeps our development program and pre-launch plans firmly on track.”

The future’s looking bright for the newest race car in the GT3 grid. Both NISMO and JRM are confident that with an impressive car in tow, the team will be remain competitive in future GT3-class races.

In 2004, the same year as with the Armada , Nissan has brought on the market the Titan pick-up. Contested by some people, loved by others, the Titan was and still is one of the most impressive pick-ups out there. Despite the fact it is only being offered in King Cab or a Crew Cab versions, Nissan Titan has been selected as the North American Truck of the Year.

The Titan shares the same Nissan F-Alpha platform with the Nissan Armada and is being powered by a 5.6-liter DOHC Endurance V8 rated at 317 horsepower and 385 lb-ft torque (305 HP for models launched before 2006). Its top speed is being limited to 115 mph and offers towing capacity of up to 9,500 pounds for King Cab and 9,400 pounds for Crew Cab (when properly equipped).

Nissan Titan is being offered in four trim levels: S, SV, Pro-4x, and SL, with prices for the 2012 model year starting from $29,960.

Hit the jump to read more about Nissan Titan.

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Usually when there is a transmission failure, it is something internal that, after many years of dutiful service, is expected to start breaking down. However, Nissan has announced that some of their best selling trucks and SUVs (2005-2010 Nissan Frontier , Xterra , and Pathfinders ) are experiencing radiator leaks that are finding their way into the components of their automatic transmissions. This leak is causing premature wearing of the automatic transmission that warrants replacement often at less than 100,000 miles. The New York Times reports that even after Nissan extended warranties on the effected models by 5 years/50,000 miles (for a total warranty coverage for 80K miles/8 years) owners still reported that "the radiator issues have affected the vehicles transmissions, causing premature failure...Lance Wiggins, Technical Director of the Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association points out ’what’s happening is the radiator cooler tanks are rupturing, forcing coolant into the five-speed automatic through the transmission cooler lines." Motor Trend also points out that for many of the owners of these vehicles (particularly the older models) are beyond the extended warranty. If the transmission fails, they will have to put forth a substantial investment for a new one. Nissan says they "would cover transmissions damaged by coolant, as long as they met the extended warranty guidelines." No warranty, no fix.

Although Nissan says "only a small proportion of models are affected," we are perplexed by their actions. They seem to be doing enough to belay a lawsuit, yet don’t seem to be real concerned about maintaining a loyal customer base, which is a real pity because we love the ruggedness and the utility of the Nissan trucks and SUVs.

Source: NY Times

The Armada is Nissan ’s fifth model built on the F-Alpha platform. It joins models like the Titan pickup truck, Xterra SUV, Frontier pickup truck, and Pathfinder SUV, all built on the same platform. The Armada was unveiled in 2004 with only a small update in 2008 that brought on a new exterior style and a more luxurious and refined interior.

Over the years, the Nissan Armada hasn’t changed much in terms of power. It has always received a 5.6-liter V8 that delivers a total of 317 HP and 385 lb-ft of torque. The engine is combined with an advanced 5-speed automatic transmission, heavy-duty fully boxed ladder frame, and comfortable double-wishbone suspension It also offers a towing capacity of more than 9,000 lbs.

For 2012, the Armada remains virtually unchanged and will be offered in three trim levels: Armada SV, Armada SL, and Armada Platinum. Each model is offered in a choice of 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive, with prices starting from $38,490.

Hit the jump to read more about the Nissan Armada.

Top Gear’s 17th season flew by just like that, didn’t it?

The sixth and final episode aired over the weekend, and unlike the past episodes, this one more than lived up to the expectations. Richard Hammond got the show off to a promising start with a great segment about the Lamborghini Aventador . From there, the show picked up some steam with a pretty hilarious segment featuring Jeremy Clarkson and James May as they embarked on an electric-car crusade around town. Some unforeseen circumstances resulted in a few mishaps, but all in all, the duo managed to make the most out of their respective cars - Clarkson had the Nissan Leaf while May had the Peugeot Ion - to finish their adventure in one piece. But even that wasn’t enough to convince the two about the potential of electric cars in the future.

Fittingly, the final segment of season 17 took a more serious turn with an inspiring story about a Cross Country racing team in Wales for disabled British soldiers. It’s a humbling way to end a very interesting season and puts into perspective what the human spirit is capable of accomplishing despite the challenges that seemingly lies in front of it.

Details after the jump.

Rumors about a successor for the Nissan 200SX started circulating back in 2008, but now the car is coming out of the woodwork to pay a little competitive visit to the seemingly untouchable Mazda MX-5 .

Nissan’s plan to launch 52 new cars by 2016 has carved a path towards production for the 200SX, which may be seen as early as 2013. Prices will start from about £20,000 - or about $33,000 at the current exchange rates.

The new 200SX will be built on a new mid-size platform supplied by Daimler that will also be used for the 370Z replacement and the next GT-R . There aren’t any details on the powertrain that will be used for the future 200SX, but rumors hint towards a tuned version of the Leaf’s drivetrain or a hybrid set-up as a couple of options. Other rumors suggest that an all-electric rear-wheel-drive version may be the way to go. These rumors stem from the Nissan ESFLOW concept, which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March and ignited the fires about a future hybrid Nissan sportscar.

Main image is of the Nissan Esflow Concept.

Source: AutoExpress
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When most people just see a Nissan GT-R , they are in awe of this seminal feat of engineering. This car offers super car performance and practicality that perhaps makes it the best daily driver on the road today. Yet the Chicago based tuning company, AMS Performance, looked at the GT-R and set themselves a monumental engineering challenge. Cue dramatic music; they set out to build the fastest GT-R . To make this daunting challenge even harder the engineers from AMS kept the GT-R’s stock interior and amenities like air conditioning.

To accomplish the task, they endowed a GTR with 1,500 horsepower . That’s 300 more horsepower than a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport . This car is like showing up to an 8th grade science class with a Polaris missile while everybody else has a stomp rocket.

So did these engineers from Chicago accomplish their lofty goal? The answer is a resounding yes. This car posted the fastest GT-R quarter mile in history, posting a time of 8.97 second a astonishing 169 miles an hour.
Check out the video of this record breaking quarter mile run!

Source: AMS
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Nissan Esflow

Nissan is rumored to be working on an affordable sports car, as a rival to the Mazda MX-5. The catch? Nissan’s sports car will feature an electric or plug-in hybrid drivetrain.

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is the car that usually comes up in discussion when automakers set their sights on developing an affordable sports car. Since its debut in 1989, the Mazda MX-5 has become the standard for world-class handling in a package to fit anyone’s budget. Some would accuse the MX-5 of being underpowered, but when it comes to the ability to carve corners with razor-like precision, the MX-5 has few rivals, and none in its price range.

If new rumors surrounding Nissan are correct, that’s about to change. As part of its plan to launch 52 new cars over the next five years, Nissan is rumored to be working on an affordable rear-drive sports car. It will be built on a midsize platform purchased from Daimler, that ultimately will be used on the next generation 370Z , GT-R , and Infiniti G as well.

More details after the jump.

Source: AutoExpress

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