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Nissan GT-R Nismo

We’ve known about the existence of a Nismo version for the sporty Nissan GT-R for quite some time now, but we never had the luck of seeing it out there testing. Today, however, our spy photographers managed to catch the car cruising the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife racetrack, where Nissan engineers were pushing it to the extreme.

Rumors suggest that the Nismo version of the GT-R will be powered by a heavily updated version of the V-6 twin-turbo engine with an output increased close to 600 horsepower. This amazing output will allow the sports coupe to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in an unbelievable 2 seconds, embarrassing even high-performance supercars , like the Bugatti Veyron . The GT-R Nismo’s top speed is rumored to be close to 190 mph.

The new GT-R Nismo is rumored to be unveiled in November at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show . Sales are expect to begin in early 2014.

Nissan GT-R

As universally respected as the Nissan GT-R is, it’s hard to believe that Godzilla is already six years old. That may not be old in monster talk, but in the auto industry, that’s the equivalent of mid-life-crisis time.

So yeah, the current-generation Nissan GT-R is ready for a new generation and for so long, people have been clamoring for the next-generation model. Well, according to a Nissan representative who spoke to Motor Trend, the next-generation GT-R is coming, and its coming in 2016.

This is the first time that somebody from Nissan has provided details on the future of its supercar model, or specifically, the future model that will usher in a new era of GT-R supremacy.

Details about the next-generation model have yet to be disclosed but activity in the Nissan camp over the past couple of days could potentially point to a GT-R that will come with a hybrid package. It’s a rumor that gained some steam in the past week after it was reported that Nissan had trademarked an "R-Hybrid" badge .

That could be the first step in a long list of developments and new technology that the next-generation GT-R could come in. With competitors all around developing new and exciting supercars of their own — Acura and Honda are in the final preparations for the production model of their respective NSX supercars — it was high time for a new generation for the aging GT-R

And so, 2016 it apparently is.

Click past the jump to read about what we can at least expect for the 2015 GT-R, specifically plans to develop a NISMO-tuned GT-R

Source: Motor Trend

It may have taken longer than expected, but the auction winnerhttp://www.topspeed.com/cars/car-ne... of the Nissan GT-R Bolt Gold finally saw his prized win in the flesh after the car was officially delivered at a special ceremony held in Melbourne, Australia .

Late last year, the bidder put down an astounding $187,000 bid on the two-off GT-R dedicated to Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt with the funds from the auction going to Bolt’s foundation in his native Jamaica. After months of waiting, including what we imagine to be a lot of waking up wishing to see the car in his garage, the new owner of the GT-R Bolt Gold can finally enjoy the car that he paid a princely sum for.

If we were in his position, we’d understand why the wait would’ve been really excruciating. It’s hard enough to wait months on end while your $187,100 is presumably sitting somewhere without you being able to touch the item that you purchased it for.

But we also understand how exciting it must’ve been to finally lay your eyes on the car you waited for so long to see. And the fact that there are only two models of this car in existence - the other one is with Bolt himself - makes it that much sweeter.

We’re just hoping that the proud owner over there in Australia takes good care of his new pride and joy. You waited so long for it, mate. Better make sure it sticks around with you for a long time too.

Click past the jump to read about the Nissan GT-R Bolt Gold

Okay, so we all remember back in March when yours truly passed on the news the Nissan claimed the next-gen GT-R would "electrify" enthusiasts. That, in turn, sparked a fireball of rumors claiming that Nissan was working on a hybri d variant of the GT-R . Well, now we have a little more evidence of that project.

Car and Driver managed to dig up, from the U.S. patent office, an image of a new logo that points toward the hybrid GT-R. The badge reads "R-Hybrid" —don’t confuse that with the Yaris Hybrid-R Concept — but not just any "R," the same three-dimensional "R" that sits in the feared GT-R nametag.

Sure, that "R" has seen use on nearly every Nissan "R" model since the early 2000s, but this one falls right in line with the timing of a hybrid GT-R. We also understand that the next-gen GT-R is not due out until 2017, but there is a lot that goes into designing and manufacturing a super hybrid, so chances are that Nissan chose to get this trademark done quickly.

Alternatively, this rapid trademark could also mean that the hybrid GT-R is ahead of schedule and Nissan plans to reveal a concept of it very soon. Stay tuned for more details.

Click past the jump to read about the current GT-R

Well, that was a bummer.

We’re not exactly sure how the whole Star Wars theme was adopted on this new package for the Nissan Juke , but considering that there are little to no hints of Storm Troopers in the crossover, you could say that the Japanese automaker may pulled a fast one on all of us through creative advertising.

There are still some noticeable upgrades to the Japan-exclusive 15RX Personalized Package - that’s what Nissan’s calling it - specifically the rather plump Passion Red and Night Veile Purple color options. Very rare do you see these two shades on the car, particularly the latter and it’s eggplant-like hue that gets a top grade from us. The sports stripes are also a nice touch, especially on a crossover that exudes attitude like the Juke. Contrasting mirror caps are also part of the package, as well as a new set of 17" aluminum wheels.

Inside, there’s not a lot to go by except for what looks like a two-tone upholstery that can be had in either a black-and-red combo or a black-and-grey variety. Other than that, the 15RX Personalized Package is a massive disappointment relative to what was teased with the involvement of the Storm Troopers. Coming off the heels of the ridiculously cool Dark Knight Rises Juke , this program just fell flat of our expectations.

But hey, if you like the new digs offered by the 15RX Personalized Package, we can’t blame you. All you need to do is shell out the ¥1,943,550 price tag ($19,950) attached to it.

Click past the jump to read about the Nissan Juke Dark Knight Rises Edition that had our hopes so high on this model

Motor Authority was at the Nissan 360 event this past week and managed to snap a few teaser images of a wildly styled sedan . This four-port car features a profile that is eerily similar to the GT-R , and the timing f these images leads us to believe that this may be a new Maxima concept will possibly make its way to the Detroit Auto Show in 2014.

Nissan refers to its Maxima as a "four-door sports car" and at one point, that classification was true, as early Maxima models outperformed nearly every other midsize sedan on the market. In recent years, however, the Maxima’s styling has become flabby and the CVT that hooks up to its powerful V-6 is not best suited for anything with "sports car" in the title. Yes, its 6.2-second run to 60 mph is still one of the best in its class, but the flab-tastic styling and droning CVT gotta go!

If these teasers at Nissan 360 bear conceptual fruit sometime in 2014, it means that the Maxima may well regain the looks and drivetrain to match its classification as the "4DSC." With a new bedmate in the GT-R — at least in profile view — this leads to the possibility of the Maxima ditching front-wheel drive in favor of a sportier all-wheel drive system or even a — GASP — rear-wheel-drive setup. That would make this the first non-front-wheel-drive Maxima since it switched from the Datsun 810 platform in 1985.

If this is all not just hyperbole, then we expect to hear an announcement of a new Concept Maxima — or at least a "concept sedan" — coming very soon, so stay tuned.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Nissan Maxima and to see a Comparison image that shows the current Maxima, this teaser image and the GT-R.

The popularity of the Nissan Juke came as a surprise to a lot of people. We’d like to think that Nissan knew what it had from the very beginning, but it’s hard to argue that even it couldn’t have expected the kind of traction the funky crossover has achieved in the short time that it’s been around.

The Juke’s popularity has even translated to a number of special edition models, including the Juke-R , the Juke Nismo , and arguably most peculiar, the Juke Dark Knight Rises Edition .

The Dark Knight Rises Edition, in particular, ushered in a new approach that Nissan is once again taking advantage of with another unique movie franchise collaboration.

Set to be unveiled on the 26th of August, Nissan went ahead and teased the Juke Star Wars Edition.

Mercifully, the automaker didn’t use Jar Jar Binks in the teaser, opting for the far cooler Storm Troopers to drop hints on what we can expect when the Juke Star Wars Edition breaks cover tomorrow.

As somebody who grew up loving the franchise, this is one car that I’m getting giddy just imagining what it’d look like. Fortunately, the wait won’t be that long of a wait.

Click past the jump to watch the teaser video of the Nissan Juke Star Wars Edition

Source: Nissan Japan

The Nissan Juke has surprisingly been one hot seller, especially in Europe, and the Juke Nismo is particularly hot. With a 197-horsepower 1.6-liter in tow, it is really no surprise that it is such a popular model.

Well, Senner Tuning is about to make the Juke Nismo even more desirable to you by offering up a comprehensive kit that makes the peppy crossover pop both aesthetically and performance-wise.

The Ingelhein-based tuner started by dousing the Juke in a black metallic Z11 paintjob, then it installed candy red-painted, carbon-fiber mirror caps for some extra contrast. A set of 9-by-20-inch Barracuda Tzunamee wheels in "Glossy Black" with red spoke accents and red center caps — matching the mirror caps — make their appearance on the corners wrapped in Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta tires sized 255/30R20. To help the rims fill the wheel wells perfectly and to bring the center of gravity down, Senner also installed a set of 35 mm (1.4-inch) lowering springs.

Senner then took to task under the hood, installing its ECU software, a performance air filter and a stainless-steel exhaust system with 130-by-105 mm (5.1-by-4.1-inch) tailpipes. These updates took the Juke Nismo up from 197 horsepower to 225 horsepower — a 14-percent increase. Not too bad for so little work.

With the Juke Nismo included, this total package comes in at €37,650 ($50,545 at the current exchange rate), but you can opt to upgrade your existing model for €7,990 ($10,726).

Click past the jump to see the package in a little more detail

Paying tribute to the unheralded people behind some of the finest cars on the planet is easier said than done.

You can’t really recognize people who prefer to do their work in the shadows, content on letting their products be recognized for what they eventually become.

That’s why Nissan’s decision to showcase the four men behind the success of the Nissan GT-R became more than just an eye-opening look into the people whose imprint on Godzilla stands out above everybody else.

Collectively, they are called "takumi" and they are the ones in charge of building the heart of the GT-R: it’s V VR38 engine. If you have a GT-R in your garage, we invite you to pop open the hood and you might see nameplates like "Handbuilt by Takumi Kurosawa" inside. That’s a testament to each of the four artisans who have no other business in life than to ensure Godzilla runs smoothly.

Takumi Kurosawa is the lead engine builder for the supercar but he isn’t the only one. Joining him are Izumi Shioya, Nobumitsu Gozu and Tsunemi Oyama.

Remember their names because they put the work in to turn the Nissan GT-R into one of the most desirable sports cars in the world today.

Click past the jump to watch a behind-the-scenes video of the short documentary. Enjoy!

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Earlier this year ,Nissan announced the 370Z Nismo Euro-Spec , and today at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, the company announced the U.S. version of the same model. The 2014 model continues with the same V-6 engine, but it adds distinctive new exterior and interior accents, plus refined suspension.

When compared to a standard 370Z, the Nismo version is 6.2 inches longer and adds a more aggressive look. Exterior features include an extended front nose design and a fully integrated chin spoiler, while the interior gains sports seats, steering wheel with Alcantara wrap and much more.

For the 2014 model year, most changes are limited to the addition of a new dark gray on numerous parts of the body, plus a new Solid Red replacing the previous Magma Red.

The 2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo will go on sale this summer.

UPDATE 4/30/2013: Nissan has released 17 new images of the upcoming 2014 370Z Nismo, including a few of the previously unseen interior. You can see the images in the gallery.

UPDATE 7/26/2013: Nissan has revealed the base pricing for the 2014 370Z Nismo. It will come in at the same price it did in 2013: $43,020.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo.


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