How is it that some people can turn something that already looks sickeningly awesome into something even better? It takes some talent, I’ll tell you that. And on top of talent, it also takes some brilliant piece of innovation.
Umbrella Auto Design seems to have both of those things – talent and innovation – in abundance considering they managed to turn the Tokyo Drift interior of an already stunning Nissan GT-R into a dressed up piece of black suede awesomeness.
These guys went to completely all-out on the project, overhauling the whole interior using Black Ultrasuede with silver stitching. They replaced the dashboard, the console, the side panels, the seats, the subwoofer cover, the tray, and the steering wheel. The only things they left out are the floor mats, although we won’t be surprised if they actually used some suede on them.
The result is something undeniably sick you’d probably wonder why Nissan never considered doing something like this with the GT-R. Then again, that’s what aftermarket shops are for, right?
One thing we do know is that nobody’s eating French fries or drinking Mountain Dew while inside this car. You can take that to the bank.
After seemingly countless delays, GT5 will finally be released on November 24th – just in time for Christmas. What’s even more exciting is that Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) and Polyphony Digital Inc., in partnership with Nissan North America, have announced the opportunity of a lifetime for GT gaming and racing enthusiasts. They are about to make thumb bandits’ dreams come true by giving gamers the opportunity to experience a proper professional racing experience. Similar to the setup in 2008, the GT Academy 2010 will be launched on December 1st in North America and will serve as a platform for fans of GT5 to see if their Playstation skills match up to their real world racing ability. The GT Academy will challenge gamers and racing fans alike across the U.S. to compete in a series of predetermined online time trials. The cars will obviously be various Nissan models that will built up from road going versions through to hardcore race-spec machines.
Hit the jump for details on the competition and how to enter.
The most powerful Sentra in Nissan ’s line-up enters the 2011 model year with minimal changes compared to the previous model year. It is still offered in two versions: SE-R priced at $19,580 and SE-R Spec V priced at $20,080.
Both models are powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 177 HP and 172 lb-ft of torque for the SE-R model and at 200 HP and and 180 lb-ft of torque for the Spec V model. The engine can be mated to either a Xtronic CVT transmission or a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission.
Compared to a standard Sentra, the SE-R model is distinguished by an aggressive front and rear fascias, side sill extensions, rear spoiler and SE-R badging. Inside Sentra SE-R’s cabin are a number of unique SE-R features, including an exclusive black interior color, sport bucket front seats with SE-R stitching, unique seat fabrics, aluminum foot pedal pads, leather-appointed steering wheel (with silver stitching on Spec V) and shift knob, and an additional two-gauge meter pack.
The Nismo 370Z is still a child in terms of lifespan with the first model coming into the picture in 2009, so the idea of the 370Z strolling into the 2011MY with an abundance of additions is pretty naive. Instead, and not unexpected, the Nismo 370Z comes back with next to nothing altered. It still carries the same 350 HP V6 engine, racing-inspired exterior and interior styling, a specially tuned suspension, and unique super-lightweight forged alloy wheels. However, Nissan is offering one new exterior color: Gun Metallic.
As we have already mentioned, the 2011 Nissan Nismo 370Z will have a 3.7-liter VQ-series V6 engine that delivers a total of 350hp at 7,400 rpm with 276 lbs of torque at 5,200 rpm. This allows the Nismo Z to hit a top speed of 155mph (electronically limited). The engine is mated to a close-ratio 6-speed manual with Nissan’s “SynchroRev Match” synchronized downshift rev matching system.
The look of the Nismo will stay the same with its extended front nose, integrated chin spoiler, special side sills, unique rear bumper, and functional rear spoiler. The interior includes Nismo logo seats with black and red fabric and red stitching, a Nismo tachometer, steering wheel with smooth leather and red parallel stitching, smooth leather wrapped shift knob and aluminum trimmed pedals. There is also a serialized plaque of authenticity.
The new generation Nissan Z Roadster entered the market a year later than its coupe brother, so with such a short history, the 370Z Roadster enters the 2011 model year with no major updates. Changes for 2011 are limited to the addition of RearView Monitor to the optional Navigation Package and one new exterior color, Gun Metallic. The Roadster model is offered in two versions: 370Z Roadster priced at $37,520 and 370Z Touring Roadster priced at $41,070.
Like the coupe version, the 370Z Roadster is powered by a 3.7 liter V6 engine with an output of 332 HP @ 7,000 rpm and 270 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm. The engine is mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed automatic transmission. The roadster sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds and can hit a top speed of 155 mph (limited).
Compared to the coupe version, the roadster gets exclusive high back seats, added structural body reinforcements, and a convertible top. The 370Z Roadster’s roof was designed with an emphasis on three key areas: to provide a sleek silhouette matching the Z’s stunning styling with the top up or down, to offer easy single-action open-close operation, and to provide an enjoyable top-down experience with reduced wind turbulence and all-climate driver/passenger comfort.
Updated 04/01/2011: Nissan Europe has unveiled today a new gallery of images featuring the 2011 370Z Roadster. And may we add it looks great in white? Enjoy!
The Nissan Z Coupe received a major redesign in 2009, so we didn’t expect anything crazy to come on board when the 2011 model came around. And, as everyone predicted, the 2011 Z Coupe strolled right in with no major updates.
Well, saying that there were no updates is a little unfair. Nissan is offering the addition of a RearView Monitor to the optional Navigation Package and one new exterior color, Gun Metallic. The 2011 Z Coupe will be available in two versions: the 370Z priced at $30,610 and the 370Z Touring priced at $35,280.
Under the hood there is the same 3.7 liter V6 engine with an output of 332 HP @ 7,000 rpm and 270 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm. The engine is mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed automatic transmission.
The design for the Nissan takes some lessons right out of the 240Z style book with its sleek aerodynamic shape, a "dynamic motion" feel with a dramatic cantilevered roof, and a "low visual gravity." The interior offers Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System with 7-inch VGA touch-sensitive display, 9.3GB HDD Music Box, USB connectivity and iPod connection, XM NavTraffic with Real-Time Traffic Information, RearView Monitor, automatic phonebook download (select phones) and Bluetooth Streaming Audio, Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, and standard Nissan Intelligent Key.
The decade of the recall is continuing, asNissan has just announced a recall of 2.14 million vehicles and for those keeping track at home, that’s the third largest recall in history. Not exactly a record to be proud of.
The issue with these vehicles lies with a faulty ignition relay that could cause the engine the stall or fail to restart. The fix is quick, around 25 minutes, and it will involve replacing the ignition relay with one that actually works.
The recall is worldwide and it affects vehicles from 2003 to July 2006. Japan will get the most recall notices with around 835,000 vehicles. The United States and Canada need around 762,000 new relays between them. There are a plethora of vehicles on the list, from small little cars like the Cube and Micra , to larger ones like the Titan and the Infiniti QX .
If you’ve never heard of the Japanese tuning firm, Voltex, then you probably wouldn’t be the only one, but what makes this specialty aero parts company interesting is that their headquarters is located in Suzuka, Japan. Yep, it’s right near the famous racing circuit! The company was founded by Nakajima, a man that has worked for various racing teams in Japan where he has made composite body parts for F-3 and Formula Japan racecars. Needless to say, this guy knows a thing or two about improving a race car for the circuit.
Thankfully, for all us race car fans, Nakajima has set his sights on the Nissan GT-R . The package only includes a few exterior changes, but it’s the little things that can sometimes make a big difference. The package includes an aero kit with bumpers, side skirts, and a few other pieces. Our eyes automatically go to the new Voltex carbon fiber GT wings that are crafted to meet the Super Taikyu "Endurance" regulations and are available in 10 different customizable designs. And let’s not forget that sleek black exterior paint job either.
It may be an oldie, but it was definitely good enough to make a belated appearance!
Nissan US have announced the asking price for the second generation Murano SUV. They are currently on sale in the various options and equipment levels as designated below, however, all are equipped with the same 260 BHP detuned 3.5 liter V6 from the 370Z and Xtronic CVT auto transmission. Our choice would be the diesel which, unfortunately, is not available in the US due to the poor gas mileage from the thirsty V6. Invest in a FWD model, if you’re not going off road, with the SV spec package. This package includes all that you really need without the novelties that you’ll get bored of, but will still be paying for.
As a little refresher, the 2011 Nissan Murano gets a new grille with a new, revised design and wide front headlights. It also comes with a wide hood that sweeps into the bodylines, powerful wheel arches, and an aggressive stance with available 20-inch wheels. The interior gets a new white meter color, new center stack colors, and added equipment to various trim levels.
Pricing starts from $28,500 USD to around $39,140 USD depending on how many ticks you make in the options list.
Nissan has unveiled the first sketch of the next generation Versa . While the company revealed no details on it, the first sketch image did reveal a new exterior design, with interior updates and new engines being likely. Expect the next generation Versa to go on sale in 2011.
While there are no other details on the next generation Versa, we can’t imagine it will be too different from the current model considering no real changes have been announced so far. The entry level Nissan Versa Sedan 1.6 Base and Versa Sedan 1.6 models are powered by a 107 HP 1.6 Liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine, while the Versa Hatchback and Sedan 1.8 S and 1.8 SL offer a 122 HP 1.8 Liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine standard. An added safety measure for the Nissan is an Anti-lock Braking System that now comes standard on the 1.8 S model, while sticking around as a standard offering on the 1.8 SL.