The Gumball 3000 Rally is an event that brings some pretty interesting project cars out of the woodwork. This year, we’re already seeing a whole lot of them with the latest one coming from Nissan and French publishing house L’Ecurie and INTERSECTION Magazine.
The two will actually be part of the pan-European parade and for this trip, they decided to deck out a unique Nissan 370Z Nismo. In what could very well be an attempt to showcase the 370Z Nismo on the streets of Europe, the Japanese automaker and the French publication house entered the 370Z Nismo as "Car 56" for the parade as an ode to the garage number (56) the Nissan DeltaWing occupied at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
As far as aesthetics go, INTERSECTION Magazine gave it a pretty unique camouflage livery that it designed specifically for the event. That livery and all the added goodies Nismo added to the Z ensures that this special-edition model is different from the rest of the 370Zs out there.
Best watch out for this unique iteration of the Japanese sports car at the 2013 Gumball 3000 rally. It will be piloted by INTERSECTION Magazine contributors Patrice Meignan and Jeremy ‘Jey’ Taltaud.
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Nissan GT-R is one of the most appreciated sports cars among tuners; but if you ask us, it needs no upgrades. Still, the folks over at Litchfield are offering new performance upgrade options for the GT-R that manage to take the output up to an amazing 750 horsepower.
The tuner is offering five different upgrade stages for the GT-R, with a sixth one under development and promising to raise the output to a total of 1,000 horsepower.
The upgrades include changes from small ECU recalibration or new Y-Pipe for the exhaust system up to the addition of new Turbo intake pipes or improved boost control.
The prices for the upgrade differ depending on the stage the customer selects and will range from £1,095 ($1,700) for stage 1 and up to £14,895 (about $23,000) for stage 5.
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Ever wondered if a Nissan GT-R can conquer a ski slope? We have to admit, we didn’t! But the guys over Team Icericers did, so they invited Sweden’s best Auto-Movie producer Fredrik Jönsson from Redhouse Media to shot a movie while attempting to see if this is possible.
The video was shot during two days of filming at a ski slope in Kåbdalis, Northern Sweden. The team was allowed on the ski slope only between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., this is why the filming took so long, but the result is more than impressive: the Nissan GT-R is pretty good on the snow!
The GT-R is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine that delivers a total of 545 horsepower and 463 pound-feet of torque, enough power to help it climb the snowy hills without any problems!
We’re just wondering if there is something the GT-R can’t do? It looks like no!
The fastest man in the world deserves nothing less than the fastest car in the world. Well, not really. But a Nissan GT-R, and a gold one at that?
Pretty impressive, to say the least.
The one-off "Bolt Gold" GT-R, which we first saw last year, was actually auctioned off to a lucky winner. So this isn’t the same gold-bathed GT-R that we saw then.
Now, the second model is based on the 2014 model, and is customized to suit Bolt’s driving style. As far as the special customization work is concerned, this GT-R boasts of the same "Bolt Gold" exterior color of the auctioned car while also getting an exclusive "Spec Bolt" emblem, a saucy white interior, a Bose audio system, and a set of 10-spoke hyper-titanium color-coated RAYS aluminum-alloy forged wheels.
Under its hood, Bolt’s Gold GT-R come powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine that delivers a total of 545 horsepower and 463 pound-feet of torque with an estimated 0-to-60 mph time of 2.8 seconds with a top speed of 190 mph.
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Just when we thought the 2014 Nissan GT-R couldn’t get any better, Nissan proved us wrong. The company announced the launch of the new GT-R Track Edition today at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, which will join the 2014 GT-R lineup.
While the new Track Edition delivers the same output level as the standard GT-R, the updates made to the suspension, the addition of new fuel injectors and an oil pan baffle make it far better than the standard version.
In order to distinguish it from the standard version, the new Track Edition includes an array of modifications to the interior and exterior on top of the suspension improvements.
Deliveries for the new GT-R Track Edition will begin in May 2013. It will be limited to only 150 units.
So, is the new Track Edition worth whatever price hike that Nissan will place on it?
UPDATE 5/1/2013: Nissan has just revealed the pricing details on the 2014 GT-R Track Edition. See more after the jump.
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A few days ago, Nissan confirmed that its in-house performance division, Nismo, is preparing for big updates for the future. One of the biggest surprises offered by the performance division will be a Nismo version of the current Nissan GT-R.
The future Nismo version will be based on the 2014 GT-R and will add a series of updates that will transform the GT-R into a real track machine, while keeping it perfectly suitable for the road. No other details have been provided, but it’s pretty easy to imagine what the future GT-R Nismo will bring on the market.
On the exterior, Nismo will work on improving the car’s aerodynamics, so you should expect lower front and rear bumpers, wider wings and sill side skirts, plus a huge wing at the rear. On the interior, the Nismo GT-R will get special suede-trimmed Nismo sports seats with red stitching, plus a redesigned steering wheel, pedals, gauges and gear knob.
Under the hood, the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine will be tricked to deliver at least 20 horsepower over the standard 545 horsepower.
The new Nissan GT-R Nismo will hit dealerships in a year’s time. We’ll update you when new information surfaces.
UPDATE 5/1/2013: Nissan executive vice president, Andy Palmer, had a conversation with Autocar and revealed a few snippets of information on the 2015 GT-R Nismo. On the exterior, the majority of the changes will be limited to aerodynamic efficiency and downforce. Additionally, he stated that Nismo will also tune the GT-R’s 3.8-liter engine beyond its base horsepower, stating that "there will be an extra kick" and that they are aiming for the production car record around the Nurburgring.
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.
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Any time you have two supercars that pack outputs of well over 1,000 horsepower, the idea is to get these two exotics in one location to see who could outpace the other in an extreme high-powered race.
Recently, such a thing happened when a 1,600-horsepower, Underground Racing-tuned Lamborghini Gallardo matched wits with a 1,500-horsepower Nissan GT-R.
It was, as the video calls it, an "epic battle".
We’re not going to spoil the fun because this drag race deserves your full attention. The Gallardo and the GT-R have not only become tuning favorites in their own right, but the two models have been pitted against each other in a lot of similar races.
Of course, we can’t remember the last time both cars carried in excess of 1,500 horsepower when they duked it out for racing supremacy, so consider this a lucky treat for all of us.
It’s the Gallardo versus the GT-R all over again. Only this time, both come with enough power to put other exotics to shame.
Press days for the 2013 New York Auto Show are over, so now it’s time to move our attention to the next show on the docket: Auto Shanghai 2013 set to start on April 20. In the Big Apple, Nissan unveiled the hybrid version for the Nissan Pathfinder and the company will bring an all-new concept car called Friend-ME to China.
All the information we have on the new concept up to this point is a teaser image that reveals an innovative set of headlights and Nissan’s announcement that the new Friend-ME will feature a unique center console that allows "Four Seats, One Mind Connectivity" - equal information sharing among all aboard.
According to Nissan, the new Friend-ME is "designed for the vibrant, young generation in China, one of most exciting segments in the fastest-growing automobile markets in the world."
Alongside the new Friend-ME concept, Nissan will also display 20 new models in Shanghai.
Updated 04/20/2013: Nissan has officially unveiled the Friend-ME Concept. See all of the details after the jump. Full story
Supercars racing jets isn’t exactly a new idea. Every year, there seems to be at least one of these videos, so you can say that the whole novelty of it all has worn out.
Then again, they’re always fun to watch, too!
The latest exotic to get a run at a plane is the Nissan GT-R. Yep, Godzilla is taking on a 22,000-horsepower Hawk Hunter Jet. Sounds like a serious throw down is about to ensue.
The product comes courtesy of German Publication ’N_Magazine’ who decided that it was a pretty good idea to pit the GT-R against a jet aircraft that produces a whole lot more output than any four-wheeled vehicle in existence today.
But that’s not where the good stuff ends. It’s a 6-minute video and it’s in German, so unless you speak the language, you won’t understand what the boys over at N_Magazine are talking about.
But the good part is you don’t need to hear them talking to appreciate the GT-R and the Hawk Hunter Jet take each other on in a drag race. Plus, it’s got an ending you probably didn’t see coming.
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