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The Juke NISMO is a hilarious riot to drive. If you take one thing away from this full review, that should be it.

Highway fast lanes clear rapidly when any hint of GT-R or NISMO is coming up from behind.

As the second NISMO-tuned effort after the incredibly transformed 370Z Nismo, the Juke is the perfect combination of economy-car basics, but with the highest-tech racing components outside, inside and under the hood.

A similar upgrade in a past Nissan phase would have been the Nissan Sentra SE-R. Nismo isthe new hotness.

There are amazing details all over the Juke Nismo, especially with its very fun and entertaining persona on the roads. This car loves to be floored in AWD V-spec and Sport modes, slamming through seven virtual - and seriously sporty — upshifts at the red-line. In a CVT!

It is true. A huge part of the NISMO magic in the Juke is the reprogrammed ECU that makes sport mode a mandatory button push - right after lighting up the push-button ignition.

TopSpeed’s Juke Nismo press loaner is the $25,000 AWD automatic with the navigation system upgrade, but all the joy and fun cornering stance is also on offer in the manual-transmission, front-drive Juke Nismo from just $22,990.

The Nissan Juke NISMO is an incredible machine for sports-car fans and hooning boy-racers alike.

Click past the jump to hear all the reasons why this might be the smartest Fiesta ST alternative on the market.

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The Nissan GT-R Goliath prepared by Switzer Performance delivers a total of 1,500 horsepower, so the fact that it managed to hit a top speed of 402 km/h (250 mph) is not too surprising. What is very surprising, however, is that it needed only one mile and just 22.6 seconds to hit this incredible speed. This makes the Goliath the world’s fastest GT-R in a one-mile sprint.

Apparently, there are only two other cars in the world that scored similar results: a Ford GT that managed to hit a top speed of 267 mph and a Chevrolet Camaro that hit the same 250 mph.

For those of you who do not know much about the GT-R Goliath, it keeps the same 3.8-liter, V-6 engine as a stock GT-R, but Switzer updated it with new intercoolers, plumbing and a new exhaust hardware. All these changed lead to a final output of in excess of 1,700 horsepower — almost three times the initial output of the GT-R .

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Nissan Esflow

In the U.S., everyone is eagerly awaiting the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show to open its gates, but Japan has its own big show — the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show — coming up too. It is in its home country that Nissan plans to introduce two sports car concepts that will wow the world: one developed as a "crazy concept" and a second that will closely represent a production vehicle.

According to WhatCar, the second vehicle will gauge the market for a competitor to the Toyota GT 86 , with design elements inspired by an earlier Nissan model.

If you are all anticipating a new 240Z, you can put that to bed, as a Nissan insider confirmed that this is "not a Z car." Other that that, the insider remained mum on the car’s details.

For now, this concept’s goal is to test peoples’ reaction and if everything goes well, we expect Nissan to put it into production in the upcoming years. To put it in line with the GT 86/BRZ/FR-S triplets, Nissan will likely fit this sports car with the same 197-horsepower, 1.6-liter turbocharged engine found in the Nissan Juke Nismo .

Full details on this new concept will be revealed during its official debut in Tokyo, so stay tuned!

Click past the jump to read more about the Nissan Esflow - the last sports car revealed by Nissan.

Source: WhatCar
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The Nissan Juke Nismo is a really surprising little machine. After a week with my foot on the floor (in ’normal’ mode), I was vaguely unimpressed with the little truck’s ability to hustle out of its own way. I thought it looked cool and handled well, had great seats and a good image. But... even the coolest car in the world still needs to be fast to get my attention, and yours too I bet.

Silly me. The TopSpeed team is mostly hard at work during the day producing news content, so the amount of miles we put on the press loaners is pretty low overall.

That extra time was exactly what I needed to discover the Juke Nismo’s sport buttons, which allow personalization of numerous parameters between normal, sport and eco.

Most sport buttons in mainstream cars are a waste of time. They might make the engine hold shifts longer, or thump harder over bumps - but generally achieve very little beyond that.

The Nismo sport tune is far from subtle, however. Cars have to generally start up in their ’Normal’ setting so that they can achieve the emissions and economy required by the test and buyers.

Flipping to Juke Nismo to Sport mode opens up a totally different little crossover. One that has front, AWD auto or even a V-mode all-wheel-drive setting to keep traction.

Skinny tires ensure more playfullness than is normal in a compact, and the sport mode also transforms the optional CVT auto of our test car into something much, much more special. It thrums and upshifts like a real sports car, with handling and steering precision on the highway that seems autobahn-ready.

A quick walk-around video of the Juke Nismo highlights some of the reasons I loved this car by the end of our time together. It also shows of an impressive exhaust rumble and all the Nismo-exclusive styling features of this $27,000 pocket rocket.

Click past the jump to see some clips of the Nissan Juke Nismo ahead of the full TopSpeed Driven review in the coming weeks.

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The Nissan GT-R is my hero. I was so amazed by the performance of the R35 generation of GT-R when launched that I modified the back of my Legacy 2.5GT to read “2.5GT-R” with an expensive and genuine GT-R emblem from Japan.

To put a badge from another car onto your own, as a grown man, is pretty pathetic in retrospect. But for the year or so that my Subaru was a 2.5GT-R, every time I saw the beveled red letters of that logo, I could not help but smile.

My car, I told myself, was sort of like a GT-R for people with dogs and cargo flexibility needs. I eventually grew up and mounted the GT-R emblem in prime position on my refrigerator, where it delights me even today.

Do not meet your heroes, they say. A lifetime spent worshiping a professional baseball pitcher, only to find out he is meaner than a rattlesnake and twice as deadly. Seeing the underbelly of any icon could ruin baseball altogether - if that was your life’s passion until seeing the bad parts up close.

I got to meet my hero last week via the 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Pack . While the car defined my day, and has consumed my thoughts ever since, I am unable to form an opinion even a full week later.

This is rare for me. Love it or hate it, I generally get a good sense of a car’s merits and issues within a few minutes behind the wheel.

But the GT-R is very different. Our time together was more of a fling than going steady, but if I thought I loved the GT-R more than anything else in the world before I drove it, what do I think now?

Still hard to say. I do know that sitting down in the GT-R for the first time was very intense on a number of levels. The hoon before me had every setting in race mode, and, frankly, I was not prepared for the performance the GT-R offers its drivers every second it is on the roads.

So while I try to stop shaking with cold sweats after only a few full-throttle sessions, the GT-R is better than a hero to me. It was better than everything I had previously read or knew about the vehicle.

We are putting together the full Driven review for next week, but until then, please enjoy these TopSpeed First-Drive Video reviews of the 2014 Nissan GT-R .

Click past the jump to see me sweat it out while hitting 60-mph in a claimed 2.8 seconds.

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Considering how surprisingly popular the Nissan Juke has been since it was first introduced a few years ago, nobody’s going to hold it against Nissan if it continued to produce more powerful versions of the funky-looking crossover.

To be fair, it’s hard to top the 500-horsepower Juke-R , but Nissan has continuously produced more and more powerful versions of the Juke, and at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show , another one is set to grace us with its presence.

The new tuned-up crossover will pick up where the Juke Nismo left off. Taking that into account, the Juke Nismo RS offers an even more powerful engine, sport-tuned suspension with new springs and shock absorbers. There will also be a more aggressive exterior look, an updated interior and other cool Nismo features.

Updated 11/20/2013: This review was updated with the official details, images and specs.

Updated 02/28/2014: Nissan announced today prices for the 2014 Juke Nismo RS which will be put on sale at national dealers later this spring. Prices for the sporty crossover will start from $26,120.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Nissan Juke Nismo RS.

The Nurburgring is typically used by automakers to test their new vehicles in an attempt to gauge how fast it can go around the track relative to the competition.

Now, it appears that Nissan is setting up shop at the ’Ring this week in an attempt to set a new lap record for the Nissan GT-R .

The car that’s poised to challenge that mark?

The soon-to-be-unveiled 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo .

According to Autocar, the Japanese automaker has booked exclusive use of the ’Ring, which it will use to put the GT-R Nismo through the paces. The objective, as far as Nissan is concerned, is to shatter the record lap time of the GT-R around the Nurbugring. Currently, that record sits at 7 minutes and 18.6 seconds, which was set by Toshio Suzuki last year. Incidentally, that lap time is the ninth fastest time by a road-legal car at the circuit.

Former Formula 1 driver Sébastien Buemi will be behind the wheel of the NIssan GT-R Nismo when it attempts its laps at the Nurburgring. With Nissan promising to get the GT-R Nismo to hit 0-60 mph in just two seconds, it opens up a world of possibilities on how fast the supercar can tackle the Nurburgring.

Whether it can beat the record GT-R time remains to be seen, but from the looks of things, it’s certainly in play.

Click past the 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo after the jump

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The Nissan 370Z was the first model to get the comprehensive Nismo upgrade from the revered tuning arm of the Japanese auto giant. Long housed in an anonymous mid-rise factory with only a bright red door to signal something special inside, the Nismo team is spreading its wings with further upgrades to normal Nissan models.

The best-known work from these honorable speed demons is, of course, the GT-R . As we will see, this is not a team who adds some stickers and a lightly revised ECU to cars that don the "Nismo" badge.

The pitfalls of creating a performance spin-off series are many. Too much change and the price can nearly double, cutting volume by four in the process. The previous Cadillac CTS-V suffered such a fate.

On the other side of the spectrum; too little enhancement, and the car is dismissed as badge and stickers job by those in the know. So there is a fine line to walk between the loaded 370Z Touring’s $38,000 price and the $43,000 base of the Nismo version.

After some seat time and some driving videos (viewable below), the 370Z Nismo is unlike any other Z-car driven to date. It features extensively restyled bodywork from every angle, a far lower ride height, and exhaust drums so large they might be packing oil reserves.

For those with allegiance to only hardcore performance, the 370Z Nismo really trumps the equivalent Genesis Coupe R-Spec s and Camaro s of the performance world. An apt comparison would be to the previous Ford Mustang Boss 302 that was basically a Laguna Seca time attack special.

The spec sheet of the 370Z shows how busy the Nismo team was in revamping the Z-car to its standards. This is far more than a body and paint shop; this car is purpose-built from the body-in-white chassis upward by Nismo.

Click past the jump for the full TopSpeed Driven review of the 2014 Nissan 370Z NISMO, including a few videos of driving impressions.

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The new Pathfinder is lighting up the sales charts with its seven seats and a newly luxurious, efficient and smooth driving experience. Far from going soft, the Pathfinder is still able to do all the truck-like things that made its previous body-on-frame models so memorable.

The TopSpeed Garage is much classier with the 2014 Pathfinder Platinum in "valet 1st position" out front.

Have kid-friendly features totally stomped out the lenedary toughness of the chiseled hardbody Nissan SUV’s from the 1980s? The irrelevance of this question is pretty clear. This is a business, and Nissan knows it.

We’re thrilled to report that the Pathfinder has not lost its way.

Guiding the trails like it did as one of the first semi-premium, imported SUVs in the 1980s, the Pathfinder is on a new trail now — a much smoother trail. One that has dual video monitors in back, a sliding/reclining second row to stretch out with the wireless headphones, and even a heated rear seats for the ultimate in couch potato lounge amenities in back.

But what about the irritating and non-premium character of most previous CVT automatics?

As confessed CVT haters and without rug-rats (yet), our expectations were quite mixed before the 2014 Pathfinder Platinum rolled into the TopSpeed Garage . The latest CVT automatic is standard and truly is a new breed of lightweight and economical transmissions, and we took a quick video of a brake torque launch to show how snappy this new Xtronic box is.

Click past the jump for the full TopSpeed Garage review of the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 4x4, by far one of the most impressive seven-seat crossovers on the market.

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In the automotive world, we see all kinds of tests and wacky comparisons, putting the most craziest things against one another. We have to admit that this newest competition lauched by Nissan ranks pretty highly in creativity. Nissan pitted its resident sports car against a man in a wingsuit.

Peter Pyzera — the 2012 Nissan GT Academy champion — took the wheel of the 2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo and legendary wingsuit athlete, Dave Barlia, took the leap of faith in the Swiss Alps.

Barlia had to make a 4,510-foot drop, and he hit a top speed of 130 mph, while clearing the rocky surface by just 19.6 feet. Along with him on this scary descent is Jukeride, which is a unique analysis tool that allowed the engineers to monitor biometric and telematic data as he glided to earth.

Check out the video (above) to see whether the Nismo or the wingsuit triumphed.

Click past the jump to see some behind-the-scenes footage.


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