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2017 Nissan GT-R

2017 Nissan GT-R
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  • Nissan GT-R
  • Year:
    2017
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  • Engine:
    V6
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    565
  • Torque @ RPM:
    467
  • Displacement:
    3.8 L
  • 0-60 time:
    2.9 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    196 mph
  • Price:
    111585 (Est.)
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Godzilla gets a new look inside and out, and a surprising bump in power output

Now that the New York Auto Show has kicked off, we’re excited to announce that we’ve laid eyes on the refreshed 2017 Nissan GT-R. Thanks to a thorough makeover, the GT-R sports a fresh front end, a more refined rear end, and a new look inside as well. While all this is fun to talk about, most of the changes to the exterior are for optimized aerodynamics.

Hiroshi Tamura, Nissan’s Chief Product Specialist for the GT-R, Z-Car, and NISMO, said, “The new GT-R delivers a heart-pounding driving experience at all times, on any road, for whoever sits in the driver’s seat. We have continued to push its performance boundaries to the limit – it’s even more potent than before. At the same time, refinement has been added to take the driving experience to an entirely new level. We’re proud to bring you what we feel is the ultimate GT-R that possesses amazing performance, newfound civility, and a rich racing history.”

That’s right, unlike most refreshed vehicles, Nissan actually managed to squeeze a little more juice out of the GT-R’s 3.8-liter V-6, and that in itself is worth talking about. So, with that said, let’s dive on into the 2017 GT-R and go over all these new developments that promise to make Nissan’s resident and most desired sports car that much more awesome than before.

Updated 06/01/2016: Nissan announced U.S. prices for the 2017 GT-R. Check the "Prices" section to see how much it costs and what does it bring new when compared to the 2016 model year.

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Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading

Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading

Track terrors ready for the rough stuff

These days, it seems like you can’t turn around without bumping into some new SUV tuned to perform like a sports car. But what if you went the other way around, taking a sports car and adding a dash of off-roading goodness? Or maybe try a gallon of off-roading goodness. Well, that’s exactly what Budget Direct did with the following seven renderings.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2017 Nissan GT-R

Wallpaper of the Day: 2017 Nissan GT-R

We’re talking about Godzilla here!

2017 Nissan GT-R
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Click Mechanic Renders 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups

Click Mechanic Renders 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups

Hold on to your butts, things are about to get weird

Halloween may have come and gone, but it’s never too late to explore the weird, the bizarre, and the downright frightening things that go bump in the night. If you’ve got the nerve, then we challenge you to look through these utterly profane vehicle renderings, courtesy of the good folks from Click Mechanic. Truth be told, no one is safe from the following strange creations – hybrids, muscle cars, imports, supercars, trucks, and even tractors get tossed into the blender with these seven unholy car mashups.

Call it madness, call it lunacy, call it outlandish… truth be told, we simply can’t look away! Hell, we’d actually argue that some of these creations are a bit, well, awesome (no, seriously). Either way, this is what happens when you give rendering artists free reign to mix and match from across the automotive spectrum. Naturally, we wanna know – which is these shocking mashups stands out the most to you? Let us know in the comments!

Continue reading to see 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups.

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Nissan Turns Godzilla Into A Full-Sized Remote-Controlled Car

Nissan Turns Godzilla Into A Full-Sized Remote-Controlled Car

The Nissan GT-R/C then proceeds to lap Silverstone

There are times when the automotive industry amazes you to no end that you just have to sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. Take what Nissan did recently in partnership with Sony in the promotion of Gran Turismo Sport for, example. Not content with just sticking with the usual PR and market scripts that we’ve so gotten used to, Nissan decided to take it to another level by modifying an actual Nissan GT-R and turning it into a full-sized remote-controlled car. Not only that, but the automaker even brought it to Silverstone for a few laps, all while being controlled by nothing more than a stock Playstation Dualshock 4 controller. Fantastic!

So how exactly did Nissan manage to do this? Well, the first order of business was to fit the GT-R - now called the GT-R/C because, you know, awesome - with four individual robots, each controlling specific features of the actual car, including steering, transmission, brakes, and throttle. Once that bit of technical wizardry was accomplished, the unmodified PS4 controller was connected to a micro-computer, which in turn was in charge of interpreting the controller inputs and then transmitting them to the car. Adding to the scope of the stunt was professional racer and GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough, who hopped into the passenger seat of a helicopter and controlled the GT-R/C from there with his PS4 controller. If that’s not the absolute best view to play with a life-sized Nissan GT-R remote-controlled car using a PS4 controller, then I don’t know what to tell you.

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Car Throttle Looks At Six Fantastic Facelifts: Video

Car Throttle Looks At Six Fantastic Facelifts: Video

A nip and tuck never looked so good

As we get deeper and deeper into auto show season (get ready for Tokyo!), we are often reminded of that age-old industry practice known as the facelift. In order to keep older models feeling fresh and new, automakers will often apply an update wherein certain exterior design features get tweaked ever so slightly, thus creating a somewhat different appearance. These design reworks are usually pretty mild – an extra crease here, a larger intake there, you know, that sort of thing. But sometimes, a facelift works some real magic for a car, giving it just the right sort of aesthetic, the sort of style that makes you stand up and shout “Yes! That’s what it’s supposed to look like!” In the above-featured three-and-a-half-minute video, our friends over at Car Throttle highlight six such instances when a facelift was just done right.

Included in the video is the Ford Mustang, the Nissan GT-R, the BMW E46 3-Series, the Jaguar XF, the Peugeot 306, and the Mazda MX-5 2.5. Throughout, Car Throttle points out what’s different in the new model versus the old model, highlighting why it works along the way. Indeed, the art of the facelift is in subtle effectiveness, with tweaks done that result in a whole that’s greater than the sum of its parts. Synergy is the key, boosting what works, and diminishing what doesn’t. We think Car Throttle is on to something here, and as we dive headlong into a fresh batch of revisions and updates for the upcoming model year, it pays well to take note of what a good facelift looks like.

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Lego Artist Knows His Way Around Lego Bricks Enough To Build A Nissan GT-R

Lego Artist Knows His Way Around Lego Bricks Enough To Build A Nissan GT-R

It’s not an officially licensed Lego product, which makes it more impressive

By now, most of you probably know that Lego has been at the forefront of building brick kits for some of the most desirable and iconic cars in history. It has sets for the Volkswagen Beetle, Mini Cooper, Ferrari Enzo, and Porsche 918 Spyder, all of which are part of its popular Speed Champions line. What it doesn’t have at this point is a set for Godzilla. I’m not talking about the fire-breathing beast of Japanese lore; I’m talking about the fire-breathing beast of Nissan lore: the incomparable GT-R.

I know what you’re thinking: if Lego hasn’t built a kit for the Nissan GT-R, what exactly is that picture above because that looks suspiciously like a Nissan GT-R. Well, it is a Lego version of the Nissan GT-R, except that it didn’t come from Lego itself. It came from the imagination of famous Lego brick builder Firas Abu-Jaber, who used Lego bricks from other sets to create his own GT-R. According to Abu-Jaber, creating the Lego-ized version of the Japanese supercar took a lot of work and involved scouring through pieces that he thought could fit into building the car from the ground-up. Certain pieces, specifically the red Technic gear pieces, were taken from other kits under the Speed Champions line, whereas others weren’t so you can imagine how long the process was to simply find all the pieces that would fit into turning the whole thing into something that looks like the GT-R.

Lo and behold, Abu-Jaber actually did it. Not only that, his work is so incredibly detailed that you’d think that Lego actually is offering a kit for the GT-R when in fact it doesn’t. Kind of makes you wonder then what other Lego cars he can come up with if he had a treasure-trove of Lego bricks at his disposal. Is it too early to start throwing in requests? Maybe a Lego version of the Mercedes-SLS AMG, complete with its gullwing doors spread open?

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"Predzilla" Is The Perfect Nissan GT-R For Fans Of The Nashville Predators

"Predzilla" Is The Perfect Nissan GT-R For Fans Of The Nashville Predators

One-off Nissan GT-R is being auctioned off with the proceeds going to the Nashville Predators Foundation

Much to the dismay of basketball fans everywhere, the 2017 NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors have been a dud so far. Fortunately, the same can’t be said for the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals between the Nashville Predators and the Pittsburgh Penguins. The best-of-7 series is knotted at two games apiece and with the way the series is looking, we’re going to get a Game 7 between these two teams. Nissan North America, which is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, is understandably getting swept up in the Stanley Cup with a hometown team to root for. As such, the automaker has released a one-off Nissan GT-R that it affectionately calls “Predzilla.”

Predzilla. That’s as catchy a name as we’ve heard for the Nissan GT-R, and it’s a pretty fitting one, too, since Nissan is donating the proceeds from the one-off GT-R’s auction to the Nashville Predators Foundation. If you’re interested in the car, you might get a chance to own it if you have deep pockets. Bidding has already reached $61,250 as of 11:30 p.m. Eastern Time on June 5, and there’s still five months to go before the auction closes on the Predators’ home opener for the 2017-2018 season in October. Considering that it’s based on the $109,900 GT-R Premium, you can expect the one-off Predzilla GT-R to eclipse that amount in no time, especially if the Predators beat the Penguins to win Lord Stanley’s Cup.

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Godzilla is Coming to New York!

Godzilla is Coming to New York!

The Nissan GT-R Track Edition to finally make its U.S. Debut

Nissan made a serious update to the GT-R for the 2017 model year, debuting it to the U.S. at the 2016 New York Auto Show. Little time had passed, and Nissan started shooting information out about the GT-R Nismo and all of its 600-horsepower, track-day goodness. By the time September of 2016 rolled around, we were learning about the GT-R Track Edition, a model that slots between the standard road-going model and the Nismo. Unfortunately, at the time, we hadn’t heard anything about it coming to the U.S. or what its specifications would be if it did. Well, with the 2017 New York Auto Show right around the corner, the Track Edition is about to make its U.S. debut before going on sale in late summer as a special-order model.

Basically, the Track-Edition GT R is like a genetic experiment gone right, with the car borrowing some features from the Nismo while maintaining the same power delivery of the GT-R Premium model. That means it will have a total of 565 horsepower here in the U.S., but will have the looks of something a little more fierce – kind of like the perfect storm. When it does go on sale, you’ll have to order one and wait in line, and will be asked to pony up at least $127,990, before options, taxes, and delivery.

“The new GT-R Track Edition gives buyers a specialized model, one true to GT-R heritage and available only by special order,” said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc. “Building on the major upgrade to every GT-R for 2017, the Track Edition is an amazing package inside, outside and under the skin.”

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Hunting For A 6-Second Pass In A Nissan GT-R R35: Video

Hunting For A 6-Second Pass In A Nissan GT-R R35: Video

Going for the drag racing record in a tuned AWD destroyer of worlds

We all know the Nissan GT-R is an absolute beast – after all, in stock form it’ll lay down a blacktop-churning 565 horsepower thanks to its twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-6 powerplant, six-speed automatic transmission, and high-performance AWD drivetrain. But per usual, tuners the world over see these figures as not much more than a starting point to build something bigger, badder, and a helluva lot faster. Enter Chicago-based tuner AMS Performance, a legendary shop with a long history of producing simply outrageous speed machines. One of its latest creations is this – the aptly named Alpha G GT-R. Total output is rated at a staggering 3,000 horsepower, which is enough to motivate this lightened and drag-slick-shod Godzilla to a low 7-second pass down the quarter mile. 1320 Video highlights the Alpha G in his 5-minute, 33-second video as its owner chases sixes.

Hit play, and you’ll get a walkaround on the Alpha G, from its carbon-laden exterior, to the exposed boost-makers and air elements in the nose, to the side exhaust, to the fat Hoosiers in the corners, to the parachute in back. Afterwards, we get to watch the Nissan strut its stuff, attacking the drag strip in a flurry of six-cylinder blasts, turbo spool, and barely contained traction.

You’ll have to watch the whole thing to see if the GT-R manages to dip into the six-second range, but trust me, there’s plenty of entertainment to be had along the way.

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2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT500

2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT500

Nismo redesigns the GT-R for the 2017 Super GT championship

The current Nissan GT-R, also known as the R35, was introduced in 2007 as a successor to the popular R34. Redesigned from the ground up, the R35 set many new benchmarks for the GT-R nameplate. It’s the first to no longer feature the Skyline name and the first GT-R to use a V-6 engine (previous generations have used inline-six units). More importantly, it’s the first GT-R offered globally, being exported to the U.S. and giving Nissan unprecedented popularity in the sports car market. Finally, it is also the longest-running GT-R model. While previous versions were produced for three to five years, the R35 is ten years old as of 2017. Although a bit long in the tooth, the current GT-R is still making headlines on both the road and the track, the latter fueled by numerous versions prepped by Nismo. One of them is the GT500 and it just received an update for the 2017 racing season.

Used by Nissan in Japan’s top-spec Super GT racing division since 2008, the GT-R has brought the company five championship triumphs in nine years. However, after winning the series in 2014 and 2015, the GT-R was defeated by Lexus and its RC F-based GT500 race car in 2016. Nissan wants to fix that in 2017, which brought significant modifications to the GT500 rule book, with a revised version of its Nismo-built, race-ready GT-R.

"We will make further development improvements during off-season tests and aim to create a race car that will shine brilliantly within the history of motorsports," said president and CEO of Nismo, Takao Katagiri. "We hope to thrill fans with a fast, more appealing GT-R that will excite fans as it lines up on the grid for the opening round competing against the new Lexus and Honda machines."

The new GT-R GT500 was unveiled at the Twin Ring Motegi along with entries for rival companies Lexus and Honda, and was showcased once again at the Nismo Festival at Fuji Speedway in December. The 2017 Super GT Series is scheduled to begin in April.

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2016 Nissan GT-R by Alpha-N Performance

2016 Nissan GT-R by Alpha-N Performance

German tuner presents a different take on Godzilla

The Nissan GT-R is one of the cars in this world that can hold its own against any other performance vehicle. It may not have the power figures of other exotic vehicles, but it’s a load in itself to deal with on any road surface. Now imagine what the GT-R is capable of if you put it in the hands of an aftermarket tuner. Okay, that’s a rhetorical question because we all know what a tuned GT-R can do. What we’re here for is Alpha-N Performance, the German tuner that has been up to his head developing tuning programs this year, including its latest pride and joy for, you guessed it, the Nissan GT-R.

The program itself is relatively straight-forward, at least when you compare it to some of the previous works of Alpha-N Performance, including the BMW M2 and Mercedes-AMG GT R. In fact, if you line up those two kits with the one the German tuner prepared for the GT-R, the latter is tame by comparison.

Not that it’s going to matter because the GT-R is already a powerhouse in its own right. All Alpha-N Performance is doing here is massaging Godzilla’s 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine and giving it an extra bump in power and performance. Even better, the cost of availing this upgrade is cheap – it doesn’t even reach four figures – and owners of the GT-R R35 should have no problem giving their supercars an extra shot in power.

Given how some tuners have taken over-the-top approaches in building tuning kits for the GT-R, it’s a good sign that there’s another aftermarket company out there willing to take a different approach on Godzilla.

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Nissan GT-R Driven From Singapore To The Base Camp Of Mt. Everest

Nissan GT-R Driven From Singapore To The Base Camp Of Mt. Everest

How’s that for a road trip?

Kah Chuan Hoong thinks he just went on an adventure of a lifetime, but for the rest of us, the man is worthy of a standing ovation. So what exactly did he do? Well, he drove his modified Nissan GT-R from Singapore to Mount Everest’s base camp in Nepal, a distance of more than 2,175 miles. Oh, and did we mention that the base camp is around 17,650 feet above sea level?

You can call him an ambitious explorer, a crazy person, or maybe even both. But you can’t deny that what he accomplished is truly spectacular, especially when you consider that the GT-R, apart from modifications to increase its ride height and the front bumper to increase ground clearance, doesn’t appear to have any performance upgrades. Hoong didn’t dive into the details of how he got to the base camp of Mt. Everest, but he did write a post when he arrived on October 24. He also has a pretty extensive photo album, documenting his entire journey, right up to the moment he accomplished the seemingly insurmountable task.

Better yet, the GT-R appears to be in good condition, despite some harrowing ordeals along the way, including all the difficult roads and water crossings that Hoong had to get through to reach his destination. The fact that the GT-R is still in good enough condition to make the trip back home to Singapore despite being exposed to the sheer height of the base camp makes this story all the more remarkable.

And to top it all off, Hoong says that according to his Tibetan guide Lhakpa Tenzin, his GT-R is the first supercar to ever reach Mount Everest’s base camp. How’s that for making history?

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2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition

2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition

The most track-focused GT-R you can buy without paying the Nismo premium

The latest-generation GT-R was launched in 2007, bringing everything Nissan has learned from building sports cars since the late 1960s into one menacing vehicle. Priced from less than $70,000, the GT-R took the market by storm with a performance package that rivaled those of more expensive supercars. Although nine years old as of 2016, the GT-R received two significant updates that included enhanced aerodynamics and more powerful engines.

The 2017 facelift also brought a revised Nismo model, but unfortunately for GT-R enthusiasts, the range-topping version came with a significant price hike. But those who can’t afford a Nismo can opt for the new Track Edition package, which adds a few goodies inside and out, as well as a handful of chassis updates. This is the second time Nissan has offered a Track Edition model. The first one arrived in 2014 and was the most track-focused GT-R outside the Nismo. Much like its predecessor, it was also engineered by Nismo, the company’s motorsport division, and sits above the Premium, Prestige and Black Edition in the model lineup, but below the flagship Nismo.

However, there are quite a few differences compared to the previous Track Edition, most of which are visible on the inside. The new variant is also limited to certain European markets for now, with Nissan having yet to announce plans for a U.S.-spec model. Hopefully this will change soon, but until that happens, let’s see what makes the Track Edition special among other GT-Rs.

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2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo

2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo

The range-topping GT-R gets more aggressive styling and a sportier chassis

Introduced in 2007 for the fifth-generation, R34 Skyline, the GT-R redefined the way we think about sports cars in general and Nissan in particular. Built on a dedicated platform and design to reflect Japanese culture, the GT-R is a unique sports car that offers supercar-like performance for a more affordable sticker. In 2015, Nissan launched a Nismo-tuned model with increased output and a revised aerodynamic package. The GT-R Nismo quickly made a name for itself on the sports car market thanks to its impressive performance figures, including a 2.9-second 0-to-60 mph sprint, and a Nurburgring Nordschleife lap of only 7:08 minutes, the fifth fastest for road-going production cars.

With a rumored, second-generation GT-R underway, the fate of the mighty Nismo is still a mystery at this point. Most likely the nameplate will disappear for a few years until the new GT-R sets in, but it seems that Nissan isn’t yet willing to discontinue the current version. With the standard GT-R having received a new update for the 2017 model year, the Nismo was expected to get its fair share of upgrades too. This just happened as the Japanese firm unveiled the new GT-R Nismo at the Nurburgring track. The update is actually a mild facelift that doesn’t add more power to the V-6 engine, but it includes a revised aerodynamic kit and a tweaked chassis that makes it even quicker at the track.

Nissan didn’t say whether it plans to attempt a new Nurburgring record, but that’s very likely in the coming months. Until that happens, let’s have a closer look at the 2017 GT-R Nismo in the review below.

Updated 09/26/2016: Nissan announced U.S. prices for the 2017 GT-R Nismo - a version that is about $65k more expensive than the GT-R Premium version.

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1972 Nissan Skyline GT-R Hakosuka

1972 Nissan Skyline GT-R Hakosuka

Laying the groundwork for Godzilla

In the world of high-end Japanese performance machines, it’s mighty difficult to top the Nissan GT-R. But like the folded steel of a katana, the twin-turbo AWD track weapon we know and love today is the product of meticulous refinement, and it all started with this: the Skyline GT-R Hakosuka. Now nearly five decades old, the Hakosuka was the first Nissan to bear the highly respected three-letter badge currently considered a synonym for speed, and it set the precedent by way of a high-revving six-cylinder engine, exceptional handling prowess, and a reputation for on-track dominance.

These days, there’s renewed interest in the Hakosuka, as evidenced by skyrocketing auction prices and the number of GT-R “clones” popping up on street corners around the world. But the prize, of course, is unrestored and unmodified, a combination that can command nearly a quarter million dollars on the block.

Why so much? Read on to find out.

Updated 08/22/2016: We added a series of images taken during the car’s presentation by Gooding & Company at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours. And, believe it or not, this car failed to sell.

Note: All images courtesy of Gooding & Company.

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Nissan's GT-R Drone Can Run To 60 Mph In The Blink Of An Eye: Video

Nissan’s GT-R Drone Can Run To 60 Mph In The Blink Of An Eye: Video

It’s faster to 60 mph than a Bugatti Chiron...by more than a full second

Nissan is already responsible for giving us the GT-R, one of the most impressive performance cars in the world. So with that in mind, Nissan collaborated with World Drone Prix Champions Tornado Blades Racing to create a drone that could give the GT-R a run for its money. The result is the GT-R Drone, a first-person racing drone equipped with the latest in performance-enhancing technology that enables it to sprint from 0 to 62 mph in a ridiculous 1.3 seconds. Considering that an electric racer just set the fastest 0-to-60-mph sprint for an EV with a time of 1.5 seconds a few days ago, the fact that a drone can do it two-tenths of a second quicker is incredible.

To break in the GT-R Drone, Nissan invited 2015 British National Drone Racing champion James Bowles to drive the GT-R Drone against Nissan NISMO driver Ricardo Sanchez and Godzilla itself at the Silverstone circuit in England. The race was chronicled in this expertly done video by Nissan showing the supercar and drone engage in a highly entertaining race. The result is what you’d expect. The drone immediately shoots out of the line only to be caught up the GT-R in the circuit’s twisting corners. Ultimately, the GT-R’s 196 mph top speed also flexed its muscles, outgunning the 115-mph GT-R Drone to the finish. Surprisingly, the drone actually did well for itself considering the circumstances, proving that, while it may not be able to match the GT-R in a lap around a track, it’s got the tech to leave the car in the dust in an acceleration race.

The whole thing makes for a very entertaining race and it shows because anybody who watches it will likely end up wondering what it’s going to take to own the GT-R drone. Trust me. I’ve thought about it myself. It’s unlikely that it’s going to go up for sale anytime soon, but hey, people can dream, right?

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2017 Nissan GT-R

2017 Nissan GT-R

Godzilla gets a new look inside and out, and a surprising bump in power output

Now that the New York Auto Show has kicked off, we’re excited to announce that we’ve laid eyes on the refreshed 2017 Nissan GT-R. Thanks to a thorough makeover, the GT-R sports a fresh front end, a more refined rear end, and a new look inside as well. While all this is fun to talk about, most of the changes to the exterior are for optimized aerodynamics.

Hiroshi Tamura, Nissan’s Chief Product Specialist for the GT-R, Z-Car, and NISMO, said, “The new GT-R delivers a heart-pounding driving experience at all times, on any road, for whoever sits in the driver’s seat. We have continued to push its performance boundaries to the limit – it’s even more potent than before. At the same time, refinement has been added to take the driving experience to an entirely new level. We’re proud to bring you what we feel is the ultimate GT-R that possesses amazing performance, newfound civility, and a rich racing history.”

That’s right, unlike most refreshed vehicles, Nissan actually managed to squeeze a little more juice out of the GT-R’s 3.8-liter V-6, and that in itself is worth talking about. So, with that said, let’s dive on into the 2017 GT-R and go over all these new developments that promise to make Nissan’s resident and most desired sports car that much more awesome than before.

Updated 06/01/2016: Nissan announced U.S. prices for the 2017 GT-R. Check the "Prices" section to see how much it costs and what does it bring new when compared to the 2016 model year.

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Nissan GT-R vs. Bullet: Video

Nissan GT-R vs. Bullet: Video

Gasoline takes on gunpowder

Countless comparisons have been made that pit the monstrous Nissan GT-R against all sorts of insane competition, but now, Nissan has released a 30-second commercial that shows Godzilla going up against its biggest challenge yet – a speeding bullet. Thing is, unless your day job involves working as a journalist at the Daily Planet, it just doesn’t really seem like a very fair match, right? Maybe… or maybe not.

Hear me out. The bullet is quick – that much is obvious. It’s svelte and streamlined, built for speed above all else. But the GT-R has a lot going for it too. First of all, the Nissan has way more legroom, plus it can seat up to four passengers, and it’s got a much longer range than the bullet. In back is a place for groceries, or even a suitcase, plus the AWD system is great in low-traction conditions. Throw the bullet some snow, and it’s not going anywhere. The resell value is also quite good – maybe I’m looking in the wrong section of eBay, but I’m not finding too many options when it comes to gently used bullets.

So I guess the GT-R has a leg up on a shard of ballistic flying metal when it comes to general practicality, but when it comes to outright speed, the 2,300-mph bullet seems to edge ahead… or does it? Hit play and find out.

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Nissan GT-R Sets World Record For Fastest Drift

Nissan GT-R Sets World Record For Fastest Drift

Nissan takes drifting into 180-mph territory

The Nissan GT-R is nearly 10 years old as of 2016, but that didn’t stop it from setting a new world record. The Japanese brand has just announced that the GT-R has set the Guinness World Record for the fastest ever drift. The new benchmark was achieved with a speed of 304.96 km/h (189.5 mph) and a 30-degree angle, using a specially-tuned, 2016 Nissan GT-R. The record car was driven by Masato Kawabata, the Japanese drift champion and title holder for the Japanese drifting series. Kawabata clinched the top spot from former record holder Jakub Przygonski during a special event that took place at Fujairah International Airport in the United Arab Emirates.

Developed in Japan with support from Nismo specialists and GReddy Trust, the record-setting GT-R was tuned to 1,380 horsepower, 815 horses more than the standard 2017 GT-R. Besides the highly modified 3.8-liter V-6, the special GT-R also used a Recaro driver seat, bespoke lightweight wheels supplied by Rays, and drift rubber specifically designed by Toyo Tires for this stung. The Fujairah International Airport was chosen for its three-kilometer (1.86-mile) long airstrip, which enabled Kawabata to drift at more than 300 km/h (186 mph), a first for the tire-shredding sport.

This isn’t the first world record set by the GT-R. In 2011, Nissan’s affordable supercar set a new benchmark for the fastest 0-60 mph acceleration by a four-seat production vehicle. In its Nismo racing suit, the GT-R is also the fifth fastest production car on the Nurburgring track, having lapped the German course in only 7:08 minutes, only 11 seconds slower than the Porsche 918 Spyder, in 2015.

Updated 04/08/2016: Nissan finally dropped the video showing its 2016 GT-R smashing world record for fastest drift.

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Nissan Drops Teaser Of Mystery GT-R Ahead Of New York Reveal

Nissan Drops Teaser Of Mystery GT-R Ahead Of New York Reveal

What kind of GT-R should we be expecting?

Nissan has just dropped a teaser of what looks to be a new version of the Nissan GT-R. The only question is whether this particular version of Godzilla is a commemorative special edition or is actually a refreshed model that will be tagged as the 2017 GT-R. Nissan didn’t do us any favors by not elaborating on the teaser, opting only to say that it “sent to media a special "teaser" regarding the company’s presence at the 2016 New York International Auto Show, which will commence on Wednesday, March 23.”

Really, that’s pretty much what the press release included other than the actual teaser, which shows a silhouette of the GT-R’s rear fascia and its unmistakable circular taillights. What’s clear is that this isn’t the next-generation R36 model. That model is still a few years away from arriving, and Nissan itself has made it clear that when the GT-R does move up a generation, it’s going to have a more premium disposition than its predecessors. So if this isn’t the R36, the safest bet is that it’s the 2017 GT-R. There’s also that possibility that it could be a special edition model or if you’re imaginations are going crazy as mine is, it could be an additional model to complement the existing version.

Whatever version of the GT-R Nissan is teasing with this image, we now know what Nissan is bringing to the 2016 New York Auto Show. The event kicks off on March 23, 2016, so at the very least, we won’t have to wait too long to see what the car’s going to look like when it takes the spotlight in the Big Apple.

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DragTimes Reviews The Nissan GT-R In Dubai: Video

DragTimes Reviews The Nissan GT-R In Dubai: Video

Godzilla invades Dubai

I’ve seen and heard my fair share of video reviews for the Nissan GT-R. It goes without saying, that as one of the most popular performance cars in the world, a lot of people are fans of Godzilla. I count myself among this legion who will watch countless video reviews, despite the GT-R’s relative sameness. But for every one I’ve seen, I’ve picked up some hardy tidbits of new info along the way.

I’m saying this because a new video review – or test drive as some would call it – of the GT-R has surfaced on the Web. This one comes by way of Drag Times Info, specifically one Guram Inskirveli, who spends the entirety of the episode behind the wheel of a GT-R as he drives around the opulent city of Dubai. The episode is admittedly a little difficult to follow, considering Inskirveli talks in Russian. Fortunately, subtitles save the day.

To his credit, Inskirveli gave a lot of interesting points about the GT-R. Most of them have been mentioned before, but there are some things he said that had me raising an eyebrow or two. Given the circumstances, it’s a surprisingly informative test drive of GT-R in a place where supercars and hypercars are more or less treated as daily drivers.

Check out the episode. It runs for almost 12 minutes and it’s worth the watch.

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2016 Nissan Alpha G R35 GTR By AMS Performance

2016 Nissan Alpha G R35 GTR By AMS Performance

Tuning company is building Frankenstein wrapped in GT-R clothing

Gideon “Gidi” Chamdi is known in the U.S. drag racing scene as one of the most passionate owners of some of the most incredible drag-tuned supercars. If you’ve heard of AMS Performance, chances are you’re familiar with its staggering builds for the Nissan GT-R. Well, put one and one together and you can see where I’m going here, right?

See, Chamdi is the proud owner of just about every iteration of AMS Performance’s Alpha-tuned GT-Rs. He has the Alpha 10, Alpha 12, Alpha 16, and the Alpha 20. The last of those cars - the Alpha 20 - even became known as the fastest and most powerful Nissan GT-R in the world, a distinction it earned until it met an untimely demise when it crashed at an event back in August 2015.

With the Alpha 20 gone, Chamdi returned to AMS Performance, looking to replace his dearly departed GT-R with something that’s faster and more powerful than anything AMS Performance has built for the Japanese supercar. The result, or at least the partial result, is this monstrosity. It’s been labeled as the Alpha G and it promises to take the capabilities of the Alpha 20 and take it up to new heights.

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EVO Brings Back Memories With The Nissan Skyline GT-R Nismo 400R: Video

EVO Brings Back Memories With The Nissan Skyline GT-R Nismo 400R: Video

The car that helped turn Gran Turismo into a household racing game returns in all its Midnight Purple glory

Before today’s Nissan GT-R turned into Godzilla, its predecessor, the Nissan Skyline was considered one of the finest performance cars to come out of Japan. No more was that evident than with the Skyline GT-R Nismo 400R, the car that spawned a legion of gamers to devote the rest of their gaming lives to the Gran Turismo video game franchise. Yes, if you’re old enough to remember the original Gran Turismo game, the yellow Skyline GT-R Nismo 400R was the poster car for that game.

These days, finding a 400R on public roads is a rare occurrence. Nissan only built 44 units of the car and most of them are probably sitting in someone’s collection or lost to memory entirely. Fortunately, EVO’s Jethro Bovingdon was able to get his hands on a beautiful Midnight Purple Skyline GT-R Nismo 400R and take it out for a quick joy ride on some mountain road in England. It’s not the most well-suited place to be driving the road racer, but it certainly brought back a lot of memories of Gran Turismo’s Trial Mountain circuit.

As a brief refresher, the Skyline GT-R Nismo 400R was launched in November 1997 and was inspired by the Skyline GT-R LM that competed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995 and 1996. It was also mostly based on the R33 GT-R, but for the most part, it was pretty much a ground-up overhaul of the said model. The most important of these changes was the 2.8-liter straight-six engine, otherwise known as the RB-X GT2 engine, found under the hood of the 400R. Since most Skylines of that time used Nissan’s RB26DETT engine, the 400R was given a Le Mans-proven powertrain to give it that extra punch on the road. That decision paid off in kind as the 400R was capable of churning out 395 horsepower and 347 pound-feet of torque.

But, enough of the history lesson. Check out the video and let me see if you suddenly develop the urge to dust up your old Playstations (if they still work) to have one last go around Trial Mountain in that yellow 400R.

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Nissan Wants Autonomous GT-R That Recreates Famous Laps

Nissan Wants Autonomous GT-R That Recreates Famous Laps

Perhpas the greatest demo mode ever?

So chances are you’ll never get to take a Nissan GT-R Nismo around the track and hit any record-breaking numbers right? Well, that might change, at least in part, in the near future. Richard Chandler – Nissan’s Advanced Product Strategy Manager – recently had an interview with Top Gear. In that interview, he spoke of a potential new driving mode called “famous laps.”

The “famous laps” mode would allow owners of the future GT-R to sit back while the car autonomously drives itself around the track at a record-matching pace. So, in theory, you could go to the Nürburgring and hit the 190 mph threshold on the Döttinger Höhe straight away without doing more than pressing the go button.

This new driving mode would allow the average driver to achieve amazing speed and the ultimate thrill on just about any track, regardless of driving skill. When speaking of autonomous technologies, Chandler said, “We’re not trying to make conveyor belts that take you from one place to another. The driver will choose when they want to take the system and when they don’t.” That’s a pretty refreshing statement, considering some have said they hope children of the future won’t need to learn how to drive.

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Nissan Reveals The Fastest Way To Undecorate The Tree: Video

Nissan Reveals The Fastest Way To Undecorate The Tree: Video

Okay, the Christmas holiday season is over and its time to take down the tree. Unlike those picturesque times you and your family had decorating the tree while singing Christmas carols and drinking apple cider, taking it down is a boring, messy affair. Thankfully Nissan decided to inject some fun into task with the use of a GT-R.

Who would have ever though a GT-R could be handy around the house?

According to Nissan, all it takes is an overhand knot and launch mode; the rest sorts itself out. Just watch the video, go ahead, I’ll wait.

Now that you’ve seen what happens then a Christmas tree unravel itself in 2.9 seconds (the time it takes the GT-R to hit 60 mph), it’s hard to imagine undecorating a tree any other way. Then again, those special, family heirloom ornaments should probably be taken down first. That popsicle stick thing you made in kindergarten probably wouldn’t survive being flung across the county.

Though it’s showing its age, the Nissan GT-R continues to be one of the most formidable vehicles in straight-line acceleration. Thanks to its 545-horsepower, 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6, AWD, and six-speed dual clutch automatic transmission, the car simply rockets off the line. Of course, it can turn, too. That’s probably handy when dodging ornaments slung like rockets from the spinning tree.

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Top 5 Future Vehicles I Want Santa To Bring Now

Top 5 Future Vehicles I Want Santa To Bring Now

With Christmas season upon us, wish lists are long with things we hope the jolly ole man from up north would gift us. No, I’m not talking about your Uncle Buck on your dad’s side, but Saint Nick himself. Sure, things like new camera equipment or a performance parts might top the list of most car-loving folks out there, but what if Santa could reach into the future and deliver a hot new ride that isn’t even out yet?

What would you ask for?

Me, I’m into things with a purpose. Vehicles that go really fast or one that go slow, but can conquer the Rubicon trail usually get elicit more excitement than the average grocery getter. That’s why my list consists of purpose-built vehicles. I will admit, however, there is one vehicle that fills a more daily drier role, but comes with all-wheel drive and more power than its little chassis is normally allotted. What am I talking about? Keep reading to find out.

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Nissan Drops From 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours; GT-R LM Nismo Canceled

Nissan Drops From 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours; GT-R LM Nismo Canceled

The Nissan GT-R LM Nismo has to be one of the oddest cars out there. Let’s face it – a front engine configuration, front-wheel drive, plus its weird overall design – the car really didn’t fit in well amongst the other racers. Back in June when the GT-R LM debuted at Le Mans, technical difficulties led to it running without its hybrid system. Back on October 1st, Nissan said it was working on the associated problems and that the GT-R LM would be ready for the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2016. Those plans have changed, and it’s likely we’ll never see the car in this form again.

Official word has come down from the powers that be, and the GT-R LM Nismo project has officially been canned. Surely this wasn’t an easy decision, but Nissan has released a statement saying, “The teams worked diligently to bring the vehicles up to the desired performance levels. However, the company concluded that the program would not be able to reach its ambitions and decided to focus on developing its longer term racing strategies.”

It’s unfortunate the project has been completely cancelled, though Nissan has confirmed it will “focus on developing its longer term racing strategies.” This gives hope that Nissan will return someday with a prototype that will live up to the hype the company spreads. Until then, we’ll have to sit back and enjoy the FIA World Endurance Championship without the GT-R LM Nismo.

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Next-Generation Nissan GT-R Could Have A More Premium Disposition

Next-Generation Nissan GT-R Could Have A More Premium Disposition

The Nissan GT-R has always been characterized by its ruthless aggression. It’s the kind of car that largely relies on its overwhelming power and performance to devour the competition. It is called Godzilla for a reason, right? But, just as evolution is an inescapable truth in the auto industry, the GT-R could find itself in this particular cross hair. That’s because Nissan GT-R program manager Hiroshi Tamura has revealed plans to bring the GT-R up a notch, not in terms of performance, but more into the realm of premium luxury.

Speaking with Top Gear, Tamura divulged his strong desire to make Godzilla wear the equivalent of a tuxedo. Not in a literal sense, of course, but more about giving the GT-R an authentic premium experience. He even harkened back to the Egoist Edition, a special edition version of the GT-R that was introduced back in 2010. That model had all the performance credentials of a born-and-bred GT-R, but it also featured premium leather upholstery, an upscale Bose sound system, and a unique Wajima Lacquer (Maki-e) GT-R Emblem that was placed on the center of the steering wheel. This emblem was able to change it coloring of Maki-e as time passed by.

So imagine the GT-R getting a nuanced makeover that will make it more rounded when lined up against the likes of the Bentley Continental GT and, presumably at least, the would-be successor to the Aston Martin DB9. These are the things that could be in play for the next-generation GT-R if Tamura’s vision for it comes to fruition.

That’s not to say that it’s definitely going to happen because at the moment, Nissan’s focus is on the current generation GT-R, so any talk of a premium version will likely occur with the next-generation model. Unfortunately, that model is still a ways off from happening.

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Nissan Nismo GTR Vs. Mercedes AMG GT S: Video

Nissan Nismo GTR Vs. Mercedes AMG GT S: Video

On paper, a race between a Nismo-tuned Nissan GT-R and a Mercedes-AMG GT S doesn’t sound like a fair fight. Sure, the GT S has 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque on tap, but that pales in comparison to the 600 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque Godzilla has at its disposal. With the tale of the tape laid out, it does seem like the AMG GT S would get smoked by the GT-R, right? Well, if everything was decided “on paper”, we’d be living in a very different world right now.

The truth is, the AMG GT S can hold its own against the GT-R, even if the choice of exercise to illustrate that isn’t as “scientific” as I hoped it would be. In this video, we see the two supercars engage in a good ol’ drag race to determine which one is quicker to the quarter-mile. There were some changes made to the rules, including having a rolling start of 50 mph instead of the usual stand-still start of any drag race.

I don’t want to give away the results of the race - actually there were two races, and the second appears to be the more relevant one - but after watching it, I invite everyone to think if there really is a big gulf in performance between these two exotics. Remember, the GT-R may have the horses over the AMG GT S, but the Mercedes is almost 300 pounds lighter than the Nissan. Something to think about as you prepare to watch this “race”.

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2015 Nissan GT-R - Driven

2015 Nissan GT-R - Driven

The GT-R hasn’t changed much since its introduction in 2009. It still utilizes the 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 and powers all four wheels through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. Nissan has boosted engine output, revised details on the exterior’s design, and changed a handful of other talking points over the years, helping to keep Japan’s halo car in the forefront of “affordable supercar” list, but car has yet to get a major update.

Rumors have circled suggesting the next-generation GT-R is still on the drawing board. Nissan even confirmed this, saying it’s “more than two years away.” That puts the current GT-R on the spot to uphold its iconic name.

As you can imagine, it does that job just fine. The GT-R continues to impress with its performance characteristics and outright force of acceleration. Sixty mph is reached in three seconds flat and its top speed is eight mph short of 200. The quarter mile happens 11.2 seconds at 125 mph, while braking from 70 mph happens in 151 feet. Impressive indeed

But is the current car enough to keep buyers interested?

Sure, Nissan offers the GT-R NISMO, but even the NISMO is showing its age. It is, after all, just a higher-spec trim that offers more performance capabilities out of the same vehicle.

Regardless, I had the chance to sample a 2016 Nissan GT-R. Decked out in its Premium trim, the car came well equipped. Let’s take a look.

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Nissan GT-R Vs. Kawasaki ZX-10R: Video

Nissan GT-R Vs. Kawasaki ZX-10R: Video

As a fan of both cars and motorcycles, I can’t get enough of races featuring these two modes of transport. We at TopSpeed have featured some of our favorite car-vs-bike duels in the past, including a video a 2015 Kawasaki H2R shamed a Bugatti Veyron in a quarter-mile race. It’s not all doom and gloom for cars, though, because a Volkswagen Golf Mk I — albeit a heavily modified version that pumped out over 1,000 horsepower — was able to exact some revenge for its kind when it ran away from a Yamaha R1.

With both cars and bikes having established some supremacy over the other, I now bring you yet another race of this sort with two protagonists that were built for one purpose: race.

In the car corner is a Lichtfield-tuned Nissan GT-R that spits out in excess of 1,200 horsepower. In the bike corner is a MSS Performance-tuned Kawasaki ZX-10R with 205 horsepower. Both vehicles are mental beyond belief and could possibly lay waste to any other car or bike that stands it in its way. But, for the purposes of finding out which between the two is the fastest in a quarter mile, both the GT-R and the ZX-10R lined up together and did just that.

In a lot of ways, this race should be even, right? The GT-R has enormous power under its hood, and even with the obvious weight it’s carrying relative to the ZX-10R, it has the brute force to get the job done. On the flip side, the ZX-10R is a feather compared to the GT-R and with no electronic aids hampering it as it launches on the track, it could just blast off and leave the GT-R and its 1,200 ponies eating its dust.

It’s a fascinating race, and will certainly put the test to the age-old saying that the fastest bikes are faster than the fastest cars. Is there some truth to that here? Check out the video and find out.

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Nissan GT-R LM NISMO Gets Gentex Racing Rear Vision System: Video

Nissan GT-R LM NISMO Gets Gentex Racing Rear Vision System: Video

Gentex Corporation, a company known for manufacturing military helmets, respiratory, and electro-acoustic products, has just introduced a Full Display Mirror system for OEM applications at the 2015 SEMA Show. Composed of glare-eliminating exterior mirrors and a high-dynamic range imager, video of the vehicle’s rearward view is captured and streamed to a unique mirror-integrated display. This new system was showcased on the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo race car.

The technology has already made its debut on the Japanese prototype racer during the 24 Hours of Le Mans earlier in 2015 and will become available for OEM applications by the end of the year. The Full Display Mirror system replaces the standard rearwiew mirror with an LCD display that captures video footage from a camera mounted on the GT-R LM’s massive fin. The combo allows the driver to see what goes around behind his car despite not having a rear windscreen.

Although Gentex doesn’t provide details as to which manufacturers will use the Full Display Mirror in the future, it does say it will soon be found in passenger cars.

"Our work on the Nissan race car pushed our development teams and our integration engineers to design a Full Display Mirror system that could handle the ultimate test of performance in the 24 hours of Le Mans. This development work helped us perfect our Full Display Mirror system, which we just began shipping for OEM applications this quarter,” said Craig Piersma, Gentex director of marketing.

Though it was originally developed for the race track, the Full Display Mirror could be used to improve rearward visibility of a wide range of road-going sports cars. The Porsche Cayman, Nissan 370Z, and Chevrolet Camaro are just a few of the vehicles that could benefit from this product. But, until mainstream automakers adopt this technology, let’s have a closer look at how it works in the video above.

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Nissan GT-R and 370Z Could Get Autonomous Technology

Nissan GT-R and 370Z Could Get Autonomous Technology

Nissan is so dead serious about pursuing autonomous driving technology that news has come out of the company’s plan to offer the technology to a handful of its existing models. Topping that list are the Nissan GT-R and the 370Z. Speaking to Auto Express at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan Global Vice President for Research and Advanced Engineering Takao Asami detailed Nissan’s plan to outfit its resident supercar and sports car with the technology to help improve their capability and driving performance. Asami also said that the technology would be used differently on the two cars compared to how its going to function on the regular cars.

The plan is admittedly still in its embryonic stage and Nissan, for one, isn’t too keen on rushing the application since the technology itself is still being developed. That said, there is a feeling within the company that piloted driving on the GT-R and the 370Z could go a long way in creating a more dynamic driving experience for drivers of these cars. According to Asami, a Piloted Drive mode on the two sports cars could open the possibility of new drive modes being fitted into both the GT-R and the 370Z. The whole idea sounds exciting but customers should temper their expectations on what they can expect from a GT-R or a 370Z that’s been fitted with the company’s Piloted Drive technology.

Don’t expect these cars to drive by themselves in all road-going environments because that would completely eliminate the visceral driving experience that the two Nissan sports cars, especially the GT-R, is known for. Instead, the company’s Piloted Drive tech will assist drivers to ensure that they can make the most of the car’s performance abilities without having to worry about making any mistakes. This kind of tech should help customers of both the GT-R and the 370Z to have a better appreciation of what their cars are capable of.

The technology isn’t expected to be launched until 2020 so that’s going to give Nissan enough time to iron out the details and work on a plan on how it can integrated the Piloted Drive tech into its performance lineup.

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2014 Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo

2014 Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo

Nissan has been synonymous with performance ever since the Skyline GT-R was introduced in 1969. The moniker quickly made a name for itself on the street and the track, ultimately evolving into a coupe that went on to dominate the race courses starting in the late 1980s. The saga continued through the 1990s with the R33 and R34 models, and came to an abrupt halt in 2002 when Nissan decided to separate the GT-R line from the Skyline name. Five years later, the GT-R we all know today came alive and things got ridiculously fast and powerful.

Now, with GT-R getting up there in age, Nissan is looking to take it up a notch. One that’s likely to include a hybrid powertrain, enormous amounts of power and twist, and a brand-new design approach. The Japanese aren’t too keen on divulging the details behind the brand-new GT-R, but they’re giving us a taste of the next supercar using the Gran Turismo franchise. Dubbed Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo, this virtual concept vehicle is already available in the game since 2014 and I suspect it will materialize, in some form or another, as Nissan’s upcoming GT-R.

Updated 10/29/2015: Nissan brought an updated version of the 2020 Vision Gran Turismo concept car at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. Don’t get to excited though, as the only "updates" included a new Fire Knight red body color and a new expression of Nissan’s signature V-Motion grille. We do have to admit that the new red paint fits perfectly!

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Abu Dhabi Police Nissan GTR Chases Ferrari 458: Video

Abu Dhabi Police Nissan GTR Chases Ferrari 458: Video

I suppose it’s fair to say that the Middle East has one of the most incredible collection of law enforcement vehicles. The Dubai Police Fleet, for example, has quite the number of exotic police vehicles. It has a Bugatti Veyron, Mercedes SLS AMG, Nissan GT-R, Bentley Continental, and a Mercedes G63 AMG to call on. For its part, the Abu Dhabi Police has its own troop of high-priced, law-enforcement vehicles, including a Chevrolet Camaro SS, Rolls-Royce Phantom and the $3.4 million Lykan Hypersport.

Let that serve as a warning for anyone who may want to break the law in these places. In the event that somebody finds himself in a car chase in Abu Dhabi, he better be prepared for the level of dedication the Abu Dhabi Police has in making sure that nobody can run roughshod on the streets of the city without getting arrested. The driver of this Ferrari 458 found that out the hard way. Sure he was able to outrun the police force’s regular fleet of Fords and Volkswagens, but once it got down to business, the GT-R came into the picture to make it an even fight. In the end, we all see how the car chase turns out. Even though this video is just the equivalent of a public service announcement, it’s a pretty effective one that showcases how formidable the Abu Dhabi Police is.

Again, if anybody’s going to be a little cavalier on the road while driving a supercar,make sure it’s not in Abu Dhabi.

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Nissan Would Love An Electric GT-R

Nissan Would Love An Electric GT-R

Nissan started the GT-R name with the 1969 Skyline that put out 160 horsepower and 130 pound-feet of torque. Fast forward to today and Godzilla is a well-evolved monster, with the current 2016 GT-R pushing 545 horsepower and 463 pound-feet of torque. Given its 46-year history, minus a 17-year hiatus between 1972 and ’89, what is the next major evolutionary step for Nissan’s legendary GT-R?

It looks like the answer to that question is that the GT-R just might evolve into an all-electric beast. According to Gareth Dunsmore, who is the director of Nissan’s European EV division, a plug-in GT-R is something he would love to see: “We can’t build an electric GT-R today. But do I want to? I’d love to.” He continued to say, “I can’t see a technical reason why we wouldn’t be able to implement electric vehicle technology in something like a performance vehicle.”

Obviously Nissan’s technology is still a few years out before it can replace the GT-R’s gasoline-powered powerplant with and electric motor, but it looks like Nissan may explore that path when it can. Given the current advancement in electric motors and battery technology – the Tesla Model S being a prime example – an electric GT-R is certainly within Nissan’s grasp.

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2015 Nissan GT-R LM NISMO

2015 Nissan GT-R LM NISMO

So far, Nissan has yet to clinch ultimate victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but it’s not for lack of trying. The Japanese automaker made its initial debut at the prestigious racing event in 1986, with best results achieved in 1998 with a third-place podium from the #32 R390 GT1 car driven by Kazuyoshi Hoshino, Aguri Suzuki, and Masahiko Kageyama. A year later, Nissan opted to simply provide engines rather than field full prototype racers. 

Now, after a 16-year departure from the top echelon of endurance racing, Nissan is back with one of the most unusual cars to ever take the grid. At first glance, the GT-R LM NISMO looks totally unlike its main rivals, and for good reason – while the other marques all feature mid-mounted engines and RWD, the GT-R LM places its engine ahead of the cockpit and uses FWD.

This setup is the brainchild of Team Principal and Technical Director Ben Bowlby, also known for creating the All American Racers DeltaWing and the ZEOD RC. Nissan calls it the “ultimate GT-R," but with such a radical reinterpretation of the rulebook, will it have a fighting chance against the current crop of proven machinery from Audi, Porsche, and Toyota?

Updated 10/01/2015: Back in June the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO made its race debut at Le Mans. However, the car featured some technical difficulties and it had to race without its hybrid system engaged. Now, Nissan announced that the team has been working hard to address these technical issues and that the GT-R LM NISMO is ready to make its race return at the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2016.

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2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo N Attack Package

2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo N Attack Package

The evolution of the Nissan GT-R is an example of a car that has exceeded expectations. Initially conceived as the spiritual successor to the revered Nissan Skyline, the GT-R had some large shoes to fill. But Nissan not only developed a worthy successor to the Skyline, but for a lot of people, the GT-R has already reached a level even the Skyline never got to.

The GT-R has earned itself the nickname “Godzilla” by posting one of the fastest times around the Nürburgring: a scintillating lap time of 7:08.679 back in September 30, 2013.

That historic moment was achieved by the 2015 GT-R NISMO and to capitalize on that, Nissan released the N Attack Package, a series of aftermarket parts that Nissan fitted onto the Nurburgring-burning GT-R NISMO. The new package includes suspension and brake upgrades and improved aerodynamics, giving GT-R owners the opportunity to own the same-spec GT-R NISMO that blitzed the Nurburgring on its way to posting one of the fastest times around the hallowed race track.

California-based aftermarket firm Stillen has been chosen as the official installer of the “N Attack Package” for customers in the U.S.

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2019 Nissan GT-R Sedan

2019 Nissan GT-R Sedan

There is a lot of conflicting information coming out of Nissan about the possibility of a super sedan, but the latest news says that the project is a go, and we’re hoping that this time it’s correct. All of this talk got started by the 2014 Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge concept, essentially a 2014 Infiniti Q50 with the drivetrain out of the 2014 Nissan GT-R. It seems like a simple enough idea that could make for an amazing car, which is why everyone was shocked to learn that Nissan had allegedly shelved the project. That news came from a former Nissan VP and seemed extremely reliable.

Super sedans are reasonably popular though, with Porsche, Aston Martin and Lamborghini all joining the fray with longtime contenders Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi. For Infiniti to stay out of the fight seems counter intuitive, especially when you consider how much of the engineering work has already been done. But the latest rumor suggests that when the new GT-R debuts in 2018, a four-door version of the car will be debuting alongside it wearing an Infiniti badge. This really makes a lot of sense, to design a whole new generation of the car with the intention of building both two-door and four-door varieties.

Note: Next generation Nissan GT-R rendered here.

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Nissan Will Delay Its Return To FIA World Endurance Championship

Nissan Will Delay Its Return To FIA World Endurance Championship

It’s Friday, the day of the week companies like to unload all their bad news because fewer people are paying attention, or so goes that line of thinking. Today’s bad news comes courtesy of Nissan, which announced that it’s delaying its return to the World Endurance Championship, following the many technical issues that plagued the 2015 Nissan GT-R LM Nismo’s debut at the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The problems centered around the GT-R LM’s non-functioning energy recovery system, meaning the three cars entered were powered solely by their 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6s, putting them at a significant disadvantage compared to the Audi, Porsche and Toyota hybrid prototypes. The power deficit meant the Nissans were getting overtaken by LM P2 cars on the Mulsanne Straight, and because the ERS wasn’t functioning, the front brake pads also had to be replaced more frequently than planned. The ERS was to power the rear axle as well, but Nissan quietly shelved those plans in the lead-up to the race.

“We know people will be disappointed, but be assured that nobody is more disappointed than us,” said Nismo boss Shoichi Miyatani. “We are racers and we want to compete, but we also want to be competitive. That is why we have chosen to continue our test program and prepare the GT-R LM NISMO for the strong competition we face in the World Endurance Championship. When you innovate, you don’t give up at the first hurdle. We are committed to overcoming this challenge.”

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 Randy Pobst Talks About His Experience At Pikes Peak: Video

Randy Pobst Talks About His Experience At Pikes Peak: Video

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has been a staple motorsport events for nearly a century now. It’s a challenging, twisting, two-lane test of man and machine that demands nothing less than the absolute best. This annual “Race to Clouds” has seen its fair share of casualties, including the recent passing of motorcyclist Carl Sorensen. All told, even with extensive experience, the best possible preparation and ideal conditions, America’s Mountain is still capable of thwarting any effort at conquering its summit. It’s a lesson that professional racer and Motor Trend test driver Randy Pobst learned firsthand this June, and it’s all documented in this fascinating 20-minute video.

The video begins three months before race day, with Pobst narrating the lead-up to his return to Colorado. Presented with a fleet of high-end sports cars to choose from, Pobst ended up going with Godzilla: the Nissan GT-R. The reason? “Driver confidence!” Pobst declares.

What he’s handed is a 700-horsepower race-prepped beast that simply won’t cooperate. Parts break, the handling is fussy, and Pobst loses some of his confidence. Development is thrown into overdrive, and the pressure is on to make the GT-R ready.

On go the wrenches and the testing is non-stop. Parts are swapped, settings are tweaked, and Pobst grapples with the realities of what it means to put the spurs to his new ride.

Finally, the GT-R feels ready for Pikes Peak. But the real battle begins when Pobst begins his ill-fated ascent.

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Current Nissan GT-R Will Live for at Least Two More Years

Current Nissan GT-R Will Live for at Least Two More Years

There are plenty of gearheads chomping at the bit to get their hands on the next-generation GT-R. If you happen to be one of them, you’ll have to keep on chomping, because the new 2017 Nissan GT-R is now “more than two years away.”

That is straight from the horse’s mouth (keeping with horse metaphors), as Nissan chief creative officer, Shiro Nakamura, is the man who uttered those words. The reasoning for the delay of the new GT-R contains two parts.

The first reason Nakamura mentioned that the current 2016 Nissan GT-R can get better. No, Nissan likely won’t make it much faster in a straight line, but it can make the model nimbler and there is a slight refresh coming in the near future.

The second reason is that the next-generation GT-R simply isn’t ready yet. In fact, Nissan is still working the kinks out of the drivetrain, as the team has yet to settle on whether Nissan’s supercar will feature hybrid technology or not. What is all but finalized is the design, as Nakamura mentioned that the new GT-R will be an evolution of the current model instead of a revolution.

This lack of commitment and limited styling change may disappoint some of you, but this may be a moment where Nissan decides not to mess with success. The Japanese automaker essentially prints money with the GT-R, as no matter how many times it rolls out a new model with minor updates and a higher price than the previous model, folks keep on gobbling them up.

Let us know what you think of Nakamura’s statements in the comments section.

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Nissan GT-R LM Nismo On Board At Le Mans: Video

Nissan GT-R LM Nismo On Board At Le Mans: Video

For a team that nobody really expected to win at Le Mans, Nissan sure got a lot of attention this year. But that’s pretty understandable, as Nissan’s LMP1 car, the 2015 Nissan GT-R LM Nismo, is pure lunacy on wheels. The front-engine and front-wheel-drive machine is unlike anything else that was competing at La Sarthe. The car is still very much a work in progress, so where it finished in the race wasn’t as important as it just making it the full 24 hours, which it did manage to do. Good thing too, because it was very, very slow compared to all of the other LMP1 cars, and even a lot of the LMP2 and LMGTE cars.

What was most perplexing to most racing fans though, was the question of what it must be like to try and drive something with such an insanely long hood on a racetrack, especially one as crowed as this. The video here shows some in-car footage of the GT-R LM Nismo being driven at Le Mans at dusk, and it certainly doesn’t look easy. It’s not the first racecar to offer poor visibility, but it’s still something you have to see to believe.

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Nissan Le Mans Pre-Qualifying Session: Video

Nissan Le Mans Pre-Qualifying Session: Video

Nissan has been incredibly open with the development of its bizarre front-engine, front-wheel-drive science experiment, the 2016 Nissan GT-R LM Nismo, and now the team is preparing to make its race debut in one of the racing world’s toughest arenas, at the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans. In this latest video, Nissan drivers and engineers discuss the progress that’s been made since the first Le Mans test session earlier this month.

The team has found some time since arriving at Le Mans but there’s still a long way to go. The fastest of the three Nissans, the No. 23 car of Olivier Pla, Jann Mardenborough and Max Chilton, posted a 3:38.468 in the first qualifying session, a roughly five-second improvement over its best time during the test day. However, that’s still over 20 seconds adrift of the blindingly fast time set by Neel Jani in one of the 2015 Porsche 919 Hybrids in the same session.

There are still a few more qualifying and practice sessions before the race itself, but, barring three Porsches, three Audis and two Toyotas all suffering catastrophic failures, don’t expect to see the Nissans vying for the race win this weekend. The team won’t say it, but they’re likely looking at this weekend’s race as a 24-hour practice session, in which they will try to learn as much as possible before the WEC season continues. The GT-R LM Nismo has completed several 24-hour race simulations at NCM Motorsports Park (near the Corvette factory of all places) in Bowling Green, Kentucky, so the durability should be there to get them to the end.

The GT-R LM Nismo is a radical rethink of the Le Mans prototype formula. The front-engine, front-wheel-drive layout is unique in a field of mid-engine race cars. Its 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 combines with a flywheel kinetic-energy recovery system to produce around 1,250 horsepower, and Nissan says the lack of an engine in the back cleans up aerodynamics around the rear bodywork. It’s weird, but that’s why we love it.

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Nissan at Le Mans - Scrutineering Timelapse: Video

Nissan at Le Mans - Scrutineering Timelapse: Video

With the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans only a couple of days away, the teams are gearing up for what promises to be one of the most spectacular races of the year. While drivers and engineers are giving their best during qualifying, the PR teams are making sure there’s enough buzz to keep enthusiasts excited ahead of Saturday’s green flag. We’ve already seen Toyota showcasing all of its Le Mans attempts since 1985, but now it’s time to check out Nissan’s latest video of the 2015 Nissan GT-R LM Nismo.

Though it might not be as spectacular as watching Toyota racing prototypes evolving over the course of three decades, Nissan’s "Scrutineering Timelapse" shows what happens when entrants exhibit their vehicles in the town of Le Mans. There’s a lot of packing and unpacking going on, as well as a media event that includes presenting the team that will soon take to the track.

As a brief reminder, the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo is one of the more exotic competitors of this year’s LMP1 battle. With its engine mounted at the front and power routed to the front wheels, it uses a layout Le Mans hasn’t seen for more than five decades. For the uninitiated, most LMP1 prototypes are either rear- or all-wheel-drive and have their engines mounted behind the seats.

We will find out whether Nismo’s out-of-the-box approach will make a significant impact on the track this weekend. The race begins Saturday, June 13th, at 8 AM EST, and ends Sunday, exactly 24 hours later.

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Tag Heuer Reveals Special Edition Carrera "NISMO" Watch

Tag Heuer Reveals Special Edition Carrera "NISMO" Watch

To commemorate Nissan’s return to top-flight racing at the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans, watchmaker Tag Heuer has released a new timepiece called the Carrera “NISMO” special edition, and while it might not be powered by a 1,250-horsepower hybrid drivetrain like the GT-R LM Nismo race car, it is a pretty slick watch. The watch will be worn during the race by the entire Nissan P1 driver lineup, as well as actor-turned-race-car-driver Patrick Dempsey and P2 drivers Ho-Pin Tung and Karun Chandhock.

The watch itself is similar to other Tag Heuer Carrera watches. It has a 43 mm titanium face in black that’s been micro-blasted with titanium carbide. I’m not exactly sure what that does but it sounds pretty cool. Grey and red stripes run vertically down the left side of the face, and as you know, stripes make everything faster. A scratch-proof ceramic bezel surrounds the face and houses a sapphire crystal. The back has a Nismo decal, and a matte-black alligator strap with red accents keeps it all attached to your wrist.

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Nissan GT-R LM Nismo Testing Its Tires: Video

Nissan GT-R LM Nismo Testing Its Tires: Video

The front tires of the 2015 Nissan GT-R LM Nismo have a really hard job. Not only are they tasked with the majority of braking and turning duties like other Le Mans prototype racers, but they also have to put down 1,250 horsepower produced by its twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 and flywheel-based energy reclamation system. Despite sounding like a machine designed specifically to vaporize racing tires, designer Ben Bowlby says the car is actually relatively easy on its front rubber.

Working with the team at Nissan, Michelin has developed a bespoke set of tires, 14 inches wide at the front and just 9 inches wide at the rear. The ratio between the two is the same as the Nismo GT-R’s 65-to-35 front-to-rear weight distribution, which is achieved thanks to the car’s unusual front-engine layout. It’s a weird setup, but Nissan anticipates the fronts will last two to three fuel stints at Le Mans, which is more or less on par with other P1 teams. Crucially however, the rears can last up to nine stints because they have so little work to do. That means the rears may only need to be replaced three or four times over the course this year’s entire 24-hour race, saving an estimated 24 seconds per pit stop.

The unusual setup also allows for some interesting aerodynamic features, which Nissan hopes will give it an advantage. The lack of an engine in the rear creates room for two “tunnels” that run the length of the car on either side, allowing air to flow through the GT-R LM rather than around it. This is enhanced by the rear tires, which, because of their smaller aerodynamic profile, allow for better airflow around the rear bodywork.

So, how’s it working so far? Honestly, not all that well. The fastest of the three Nissans was some 20 seconds off the pace set by the fastest Porsche 919 at this year’s Le Mans test day, and was slower than several P2 cars. We’ll find out if the team learned any new tricks new when the GT-R LM makes its race debut later this week at the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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Nissan GT-R LM Nismo Can Now Be Driven In GT6

Nissan GT-R LM Nismo Can Now Be Driven In GT6

Virtual racers looking to make the transition to a real-life pro-racing career via the GT Academy program can now obtain Nissan’s highly anticipated GT-R LM NISMO P1 racing machine for digital hot lapping in Gran Turismo 6.

The technological powerhouse GT-R is available to those taking part in the fourth and final round of online GT Academy Qualifiers. All participants in the fourth round will receive the car for free simply by completing a single lap, regardless of lap time. 

The GT-R’s availability in GT6 coincides with its upcoming competition debut outside the gaming world at the 83rd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. A total of three GT-R LM NISMO racers will be run in the prestigious event.

With its premiere track test occurring in November of last year, the GT-R LM NISMO is Nissan’s first foray into the world of enduros in 16 years. Under the guidance of Team Principal and Technical Director Ben Bowlby, also know for masterminding the All American Racers DeltaWing and ZEOD RC, the car sports an unusual front-engine, FWD layout, a concept that flies in the face of conventional LM P1 racing practices.

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Nissan returns to Le Mans with the GT-R LM Nismo

Nissan returns to Le Mans with the GT-R LM Nismo

After a 16-year break from the biggest event in endurance racing, Nissan will once again return to the Circuit de la Sarthe for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, this time with a trio of unusual race cars aimed at upending convention in the LM P1 class. 

In case you weren’t already aware, Nissan’s entries will sport a number of features that are a clean break from the usual prototype racer. Most notable are the driveline layouts, which will be front-engine and FWD, rather than the usual mid-engine, RWD/AWD layout found in top competitors from the likes of Audi and Porsche.

Taking the helm will be an international assemblage of nine drivers plucked from the ranks of Formula One and sports car racing. Nissan will also source hot-shoes from its GT Academy, a competition program that offers Gran Turismo gamers the chance to take their virtual skills into the real world with a shot at a pro racing career.

Behind the wheel of the #23 car will be ex-F1 racer Max Chilton, GT Academy winner and GP3 competitor Jann Mardenborough, and sports car star Olivier Pla. Meanwhile, NISMO athlete Michael Krumm, LM P2 Le Mans-winner Harry Ticknell, and GT Academy ace Alex Buncombe will be assigned the #22 car. Finally, the #21 car, which is draped in a special red, white, and blue livery to commemorate the Nissan R90CK that managed to clinch a pole position at Le Mans 25 years ago, will be driven by current Super GT Champion Tsugio Matsuda, premiere GT Academy winner and current Super GT500 competitor Lucas Ordonez, and the first GT Academy Russia winner, Mark Shulzhitskiy.

Look for the three Nissan GT-R LM NISMOs to take the track on Wednesday, June 10th, for the free practice session. Qualifying gets underway a bit later on Wednesday and runs into Thursday evening, followed by the official start of the 83rd 24 Hours of Le Mans on Saturday, June 13th. 

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Jay Leno Reviews Nissan GT-R LM Nismo: Video

Jay Leno Reviews Nissan GT-R LM Nismo: Video

You know how people often say that great minds think alike? Well, Jay Leno and I seem to have the same opinion about Nissan’s cooky GT-R LM Nismo racer. Yeah, I know, I’m missing a talk show, about 350 million bucks, and more than 100 classic cars to be like him, but at least we agree on this: the GT-R LM is likely the most daring racing concept since Jim Hall’s Chaparrals of the late 1960s. Sure, its wing isn’t 6 feet high and it doesn’t have a fan for a rear fascia, but it’s totally different from anything else on this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans grid.

In an era when strict regulations and a lack of vision give way to grids filled with lookalike racers, the GT-R LM Nismo is indeed a breath of fresh air.

As you might have already guessed, Leno’s comments on this innovative front-engined, FWD race car were made during the latest episode of his epic car show. Nissan sent a prototype to spend a few hours with Leno’s vintage automobiles, and chief engineer Zack Eakin joined in on the fun to answer a few questions about the car. Unfortunately, since the GT-R LM isn’t road legal, Jay wasn’t able to take it for a spin. Despite that, he was impressed by the thing.

"When you look at Audi, they won the last 10 races in a row. So what do you do, go in and copy what they do and try to do it better or you come in with a totally different approach," he said. I have a feeling Leno isn’t a big fan of Porsche’s recent efforts with the 919 Hybrid.

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