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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.

Continue after the jump to read the review.

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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.

Continue reading for my top 5 future vehicles

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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.

Continue reading after the jump for the full story.

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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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