2017 Nissan GT-R
Horsepower @ RPM:565
Torque @ RPM:467
0-60 time:2.9 sec. (Est.)
Top Speed:196 mph
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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The upcoming GT-R has to be one of the most anticipated super sports cars in recent times. Nissan has been working on a complete model redesign for its flagship sports car for a while now. Looking back at Nissan’s history, the Skyline GT-R, which has long been the icon of Nissan’s sports cars lineup, is currently in the third generation of models with the GT-R name, following the first generation from 1969 to 1973 and the second generation from 1989 to 2002.
Watch The Audi RS6 and The Nissan GT-R Go At Each Other’s Throats On a Drag Strip
The team at Officially Gassed – OG brought in two vehicles that are known for their performance prowess. One is the Nissan GT-R and the other is the Audi RS6. To make things even more interesting, both these vehicles are tuned. The sports car and the family wagon were put through 0-60 mph runs, quarter-mile runs, a rolling race, and finally, a drag race. Overall, we are looking at almost 1,400 horses waiting to be unleashed on the drag strip. Which vehicle do you have your money on?
Can a Big Turbo Corvette Take On a Highly Modified GT-R?
When It comes to rivalries, there are few battles that are as epic as Godzilla versus Kong. This one may very well be the automotive analog of that. The YouTube channel Hoonigan brings us another drag race and this one is truly epic. We have two highly modified drag cars – a 2005 C6 Corvette and a 2009 R35 GT-R. Both make well over 1,000 horsepower and are ready to throw down in a 1,000-foot drag race. Can big turbo and big displacement keep up with Godzilla’s twin-turbo fury?
Godzilla Takes on the Mighty Busa in a 2,900-Horsepower Face-Off
There is certainly a lot of speculation about the upcoming GTR. Let’s face it, an all-new GTR is always a big deal and is headline-grabbing news. However, even the present R35 that came out over a decade ago is no slouch and remains a tuner’s dream. Several aftermarket companies have now perfected the upgrades for the ultimate Nissan.
A Tesla Model S Plaid Spanks the Nissan GT-R In This 1/4-Mile Drag Race
The Tesla Model S Plaid was launched earlier this month, and it was only a matter of time before we saw it on the drag strip. A YouTube channel with the handle ‘ICSI’ shared the video of a Tesla Model S Plaid going up against the Nissan GT-R in a quarter-mile race. While a formidable competitor to start with, the Model S Plaid made short work of the Godzilla. If you’re a GT-R fan, we warn you to proceed ahead at your own risk!
What Happens When You Throw A Nissan GT-R Into The Mix With Two Germans?
The folks at Carwow brought the Nissan GT-R Nismo to the drag strip to take on the Porsche Panamera Turbo S e-hybrid and the Audi RS6 Avant. The Germans are powered by a V-8 engine, while the Nissan comes with a V-6. But, the latter holds a massive weight advantage over its rivals and it is called the Godzilla for a reason. Do you think it can take on and take down the Volkswagen’s subsidiaries?
The Cost of Owning And Maintaining a Nissan GT-R R35 Might Surprise You
If you’ve been binging on automotive content on YouTube, there’s a good chance you may have come across Craig Lieberman. The man is an avid car enthusiast and a movie advisor, who helped make the “Fast & Furious” movies a bit more realistic by helping choose the cars. He is also the man who got Paul Walker hooked on Nissan Skylines. Having owned many iconic cars, Craig is more than qualified to answer a question many have asked – what’s the cost of owning and maintaining an R35 GTR?
2021 Nissan GT-R Nismo Special Edition (Japan Only)
The current Nissan GT-R is one of the oldest cars on sale in the US, but Nissan doesn’t seem to care. In fact, the Japanese carmaker has taken the wraps off a Special Edition version dedicated exclusively to Japan. We also know that a new-generation GT-R is under development, so is this the swan song we’ve all been waiting for?
Nissan Isn’t Done With the GT-R Yet, And What’s Coming Next Might Surprise You
It seems the Nissan GT-R lives up to the Godzilla name, not only in terms of performance but also in terms of its lifespan. Although it’s ancient (for a supercar), the Japanese supercar slayer is still holding its ground with the dignity and decisiveness of a true samurai. If for some reason you had doubts, that the GT-R is a great performance car, think about this: When a performance car of this caliber comes out, it’s usually at the top of the performance car food chain for maybe three years, before someone else dethrones it. But that isn’t the case with the GT-R.
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The Nissan GT-R is far from subtle, and that’s honestly its mission. It’s meant to be fast and look good doing it. It excels well at this, but what if someone took things a bit further? Well, do you recognize the car we have here? This is the same fully engraved, gold-plated Nissan GT-R that was shown off at the 2016 Tokyo Auto Salon and, while it might seem weird to talk about a car that has had its 15 minutes of fame, this puppy just hit the market, and it could be yours if you really want it. Oh, by the way, you’ll also need around $1.6 million AED or around $435,600, so you might want to consult your better half first, just saying.
In the Right Conditions The Toyota GR Yaris Can Hold Its Own Against the Nissan GT-R Nismo
The Toyota GR Yaris is arguably the hottest subcompact hatchback available right now. Developed as a homologation model for the World Rally Championship, the GR Yaris packs well in excess of 200 horsepower and an impressive amount of race-spec tech. Some say the GR Yaris is the supercar of the subcompact market. But is it capable enough to go against full-fledged supercars? Autocar decided to find out by pitting it against the Nissan GT-R Nismo on the race track.
Watch a Tuned Nissan GT-R Stare Down the Barrel of a Lamborghini Huracan and an Audi R8 V10
Lately, YouTube is filled with EVs obliterating internal-combustion engined supercars. So, this comes as a breath of fresh air. The folks at Carwow organized an old-school, triple-threat drag race between a Lamborghini Huracan, an Audi R8, and a Nissan GT-R. While the GT-R seems out of place here in terms of factory specs, it is a tuned version that can give the rivaling V-10s a run for their money.
2020 Nissan GT-R (X) 2050 Concept - Godzilla of the Future
The Nissan GT-R (X) 2050 is a futuristic concept car based on the R35-generation Nissan GT-R. But unlike the production model, the GT-R (X) 2050 wasn’t designed by Nissan. This concept was penned by Jaebum Choi, a student from the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California. Choi, who also started an internship at Nissan Design America based the styling of his "wearable machine," a futuristic concept that would have the ability to connect to the human brain to provide better performance, on the latest-generation GT-R. As a result, Nissan decided to build a 1:1 scale model and show it to the world.
NISMO Will Make your R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R As Good As New (Literally)
For various and completely justified reasons, most cars from the 1980s and 1990s don’t enjoy the collectible status of their counterparts from the 1960s and 1970s. But some cars from the period have become increasingly more popular since 2000, especially Japanese models like the Toyota Supra, Nissan Skyline GT-R, and Honda NSX.
Some carmakers took notice of this trend and Honda started a restoration program for the NSX in Japan. Now, Nissan is doing the same for the iconic R32 Skyline, with the Nismo division handling a restoration program that will turn a beat-up car into a brand-new one.
This Is Not How You Want to Show Off Your R35 Nissan GT-R
If you’ve been to London, you already know it’s a great place to spot cool cars. If you’re a fan of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins, or McLarens, London is your best chance at seeing one on the go. But the British capital is also the place where, from time to time, your ears will be pierced by the sound of high-revving engines. And as this video shows, it can also be the place to see a Nissan GT-R catch fire.
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If you’re a fan of the Nissan GT-R, you can still purchase the current-generation model. It’s 13 years old as of 2020, but it can still hold its own against more modern sports cars and it’s a blast to drive at the track. But if you’re a Skyline GT-R enthusiast, you need to look back on cars built until 2002, when Nissan dropped this badge for the GT-R. Luckily, you can still find a few mint-condition examples out there. Like this R34-generation Skyline GT-R with only 225 miles on the odometer.
The BMW M5 and Nissan GT-R Try to Tame a Ducati Panigale V4R in a Drag Race for the Ages
A heavily tuned BMW M5 Competition and Nissan GT-R would make for a tremendous race. Both models are already revered for their performance capabilities, but when you throw in the element of the aftermarket world into the mix, well, let’s just say that fireworks are expected.
We get to see these two heavy hitters in that environment courtesy of Carwow, but this particular race isn’t just between the M5 Competition and the GT-R. A third participant is involved, and it’s one of the most feared two-wheeled killers in the market: the Ducati Panigale V4R. This is a three-vehicle competition, and the stakes just went to the next level. Does the Panigale V4R have a chance against a heavily tuned M5 Competition and a souped-up Godzilla or is it going to fall flat on its face?
Nissan Is Still On the Fence About What the 2023 Nissan GT-R R36 Will Be
The current Nissan GT-R, while old as hell at this point, is still one dominating car, the likes of which very few cars from mainstream automakers can touch. With the reveal of the Z Proto and the 400Z’s impending launch in 2022 or 2023, Nissan also has to plan out the next GT-R, which is allegedly scheduled to launch in 2023. How does an automaker push a car that’s already over the top – one that can lay waste to an icon like the Porsche 911 – even higher? Well, as it turns out, Nissan’s looking at any and all technology to ensure that the R36 GT-R will be one of the complete and capable performance cars on the planet.
The Current Nissan GT-R’s Final Breath Will Be Though the GT-R50’s 710-Horsepower Engine
After 13 years in the market — yes, it’s been that long — Nissan is finally prepared to bid adieu to the R35-generation of the Nissan GT-R. The iconic supercar’s swan song isn’t expected to happen until 2023 at the earliest, but this early, the automaker is already preparing what Japanese magazine Best Car Web describes as a Final Edition model that will pack no less than 750 horsepower. This apocalyptic version of Godzilla will be limited to just around 20 units, ensuring not only its exclusivity but also the distinction of being the most powerful production-spec GT-R to be built. Expect to pay the motherlode when this mighty supercar arrives with a sticker price of 40 million yen in Japan. That converts to around $377,000 based on current exchange rates, though it’s hard to say what the conversion rate is going to be like once it arrives in 2022.
2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo - Driven
The R35 Nissan GT-R has been on the market since 2009, so it’s getting pretty long in the tooth. Be that as it may, car enthusiasts everywhere paint it as one of the world’s best cars. It is, quite literally, one of the fastest point-to-point cars on the planet, something it can lay claim to thanks to its precisely tuned chassis, sophisticated AWD system, a monstrous twin-turbo V-6, and race-proven roots that cannot be denied. But, being more than a decade old, makes paying six figures a tough pill to swallow, so it begs the question, is the Nissan GT-R actually worth buying? Is it still one of the best-driving cars in the world, and does its performance hold a candle to the new sports cars on the market?
We set out to find answers to those questions and more, and Nissan was kind enough to lend us a 2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo for an entire week to do with as we please. Needless to say, it’s been a very fun week and, despite the GT-R’s age, Nissan has done a fairly decent job of keeping things somewhat fresh and interesting. This is our story with the Nissan GT-R Nismo.
We’re Actually Looking Forward To The Hybridized 2023 Nissan GT-R
Earlier this year we drove the 2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo, and for the most part, every member of the Top Speed staff loved it. That doesn’t mean that the big elephant in the room, the fact that it’s essentially 13 years old, wasn’t painfully obvious. The car has aged better than most cars than have had such a long lifespan, but it’s beyond time for a new generation. For a while, it seemed like this would happen, but then in April 2020, Nissan argued that it won’t update the GT-R because it wants to keep it affordable, and a month later, we learned that Nissan’s cost-cutting plans could spell the end for the GT-R and it’s little brother the 370Z. Fortunately, that’s not the case, and in early August, we learned that the GT-R is due to be replaced in 2023, along with a happy little surprise.
Go Out And Buy The Off-Road NIssan GT-R Because A Pathfinder Is Boring
The Nissan GT-R is one of the few constants in the landscape of modern supercars. Having been in production for a whopping 13 years, you’d be forgiven if you no longer give a GT-R a second look when spotting one on the street but that’s not the case with this particular R35.
With 4.7 inches of extra ground clearance, huge off-road tires, fog lights, and a roof rack, this Godzilla is one of the craziest road-legal GT-Rs in Europe and one that really puts the car’s AWD system to the test. Yes, this is a GT-R that’s ready to go off the beaten path.
A Tesla Model 3 Performance Just Waxed a 1200-Horsepower Nissan GT-R, But Was It Fair?
The Tesla Model 3 has been in numerous drag races where it has obliterated many superior internal combustion-engined cars without any mercy. This time around, it takes on another legend in its own right – the Nissan GT-R. This Japanese supercar is heavily modded and churns out 1,200 horses in its current spec. But, was it enough to beat the Model 3 Performance in a quarter-mile drag race?
Must See: A 700-Horsepower Nissan GT-R and a Porsche 911 Duke It Out on the Drag Strip
Horsepower and torque are extremely important when it comes to drag racing, but curb weight can also make a big difference. In short, power-to-weight ratio is the most significantt aspect. But cars have evolved to the point where technology can also make a difference. And this is exactly what this video of a Porsche 911 Turbo S and a Nissan GT-R racing for the quickest quarter mile time is all about.
Car for Sale: Custom 1995 Nissan Skyline R33 GT-R by Vielside
The Nissan Skyline GT-R R33 might not be as iconic as its predecessor, the R32, but it’s still a fine example of Japanese engineering and performance. These cars are quite rare, and getting one in the United States is somewhat complicated, but if you’re in the market for a beefed-up R33, Vistec R Imports just posted one online. And it’s not just any R33, but a unique car modded by famous Japanese shop Veilside.
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Nissan is in dire straits, and the Japanese automaker could be making some tough decisions that could spell the end of some of its most popular models. Like most automakers that have been affected by the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, Nissan is scrambling to keep itself above water in the wake of tanking car sales all over the world.
The First $1 Million Nissan GT-R50 Arrives With a Completely New Look
About one year after it was unveiled as a concept car, the Nissan GT-R50 made it into production for 2020. Built to celebrate the 50th anniversaries of Italdesign and the GT-R nameplate, the GT-R50 is a heavily redesigned R35 GT-R design by Italian design company Italdesign Giugiaro.
On top of boasting a more radical design on the outside, the GT-R50 also features a beefed-up engine that cranks out a massive 710 horsepower, more than any other GT-R built so far.
This One-Off Nissan Skyline GT-R R33 Wagon Is Uniquely Attractive and Confusing at the Same Time
The Nissan Skyline GT-R is one of the most iconic cars coming from Japan. Actually, the GT-R has gained a global following since the 1980s, becoming popular in the U.S. as well. Like many imports, the Skyline GT-R was popular with tuners as well, and they usually upgraded the engine to insane amounts of power. Body modifications were common too, but they weren’t extreme. However, it seems that at least one owner had the idea to make the fourth-generation Skyline GT-R more practical and turned it into a wagon. And the result is somewhat puzzling.
Does This Nissan GT-R With Pop-Up Headlights Look Good or No?
Pop-up headlights. There’s not a single gearhead that doesn’t love them and believe it or not, they date back to the mid 1930s, when they were first used on the Cord 810 for aerodynamic purposes. However, the last pair of modern pop-up headlights we can remember were those featured by the 2004 Chevy C5 Corvette, but what about a Nissan R34 GT-R with such headlights?
It’s Time for You to See How a Tuned Nissan GT-R Holds Up Against a BMW M8 Competition and a Ferrari GTC4Lusso
There once was a time when the Nissan GT-R could lay the smackdown on some of the finest supercars in the world. But with the current-generation Godzilla now more than a decade old, it’s safe to say that it doesn’t intimidate the way it used to in the past.
So, what exactly beguiled the folks over at Carwow to have a current R35 GT-R race against a BMW M8 and a Ferrari GTC4Lusso? The answer, of course, lies in what we don’t see. This particular GT-R isn’t a stock model; it’s been tuned to produce the kind of power that can rival the M8 and GTC4Lusso, making this race more interesting than it deserves to be.
Nissan Won’t Update the GT-R Because it Wants to Keep it "Affordable"
Introduced in 2007, the current-generation Nissan GT-R is a bit long in the tooth. Rumors about a new-generation model have been flying around for years already, but it seems Nissan isn’t yet willing to let the old GT-R go. So why is the Japanese firm still keeping a 13-year-old model in production? Well, Hiroshi Tamura, the GT-R’s chief product specialist, explains that the supercar is difficult to redesign and keep it relatively affordable at the same time.
Hey, Nissan, Make This the New GT-R, Will You?
To say we love the Italdesign GT-R 50 would be a severe example of an understatement. It takes all the good things the GT-R has to offer (which is like 99.9% of the car) and rearranges them in a futuristic-looking package that’s hard to beat by anything else the supercar world has to offer today.
Italdesign’s work, however, will not have a say in the design of the future GT-R. There will be a new Godzilla at some point, have no doubt, but Nissan is taking its time with it. Well, here’s some motivation: why don’t they make it mid-engined, so it can look like this rendering we stumbled upon.
Between Godzilla and the BMW M5, This is One Action-Packed Head-to-Head Showdown
The BMW M5 and the Nissan GT-R are two cars that you don’t want to race against. Racing them against each other, though, is an entirely different story. You can argue that the M5 and the GT-R are two of the best performance cars on the market, and when there’s an opportunity to see which of these two savants has the performance edge over the other, you take that opportunity and you run away with it.
That’s exactly what Bulgaria-based YouTube channel DizzyRiders did when it put the M5 against Godzilla in a series of head-to-head races. Which of the two reigned supreme? We won’t divulge the results here, but you should know that both the M5 and GT-R showed out.
Tickets to the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon Will Include a Tomica Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500
If you’re attending the Tokyo Auto Salon on January 10, you can score a Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500 race car if you order tickets to the show early. No, you’re not getting an actual GT-R NISMO GT500 race car. Instead, you’re receiving a toy version of the racer courtesy of Japanese toy car maker Tomica. Pre-sale tickets for Friday, January 10, will cost 4,000 yen or around $37 based on current exchange rates. The cost of the ticket already includes the Tomica GT-R NISMO GT500. Costs of tickets for Saturday, January 11, and Sunday, January 12 add up to 3,000 yen or almost $28. If you’re not looking to score the Tomica GT-R NISMO GT500, the cost of tickets for January 10 is 3,000 yen and only 2,000 yen ($18.5) for January 11 and 12.
Rain Prisk Just Envisioned the Nissan GT-R50 as a Mid-Engine Car and It’s Perfect
So, the Nissan GT-R50 is no longer a pipe dream. It’s going to be built in limited quantities as a special-edition supercar brought to us by Nissan and Italdesign. Naturally, news of the GT-R50’s imminent arrival has sent everyone in a tizzy, including designer Rain Prisk, who quickly took inspiration from the stunning supercar and created his interpretation of what the GT-R50 could look like if it took the form of a mid-engine supercar.
A mid-engined version of the Nissan GT-R50 isn’t happening so absorb as much as you can from Prisk’s rendering. It’s probably the closest we’ll ever come to see a GT-R in this kind of layout. Which is a pity because Prisk’s work is incredible.
Nissan Is Actually Putting the GT-R50 by Italdesign into Production
We’ve seen the Nissan GT-R50 Concept and then Nissan showed us a “production” model, but we never thought the crazy-expensive version of Godzilla would actually go into production. Well, as it turns out, it’s already happened, and the first customer example will be shown off at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. Don’t expect to get close to it though – with a Price tag of €990,000, you can expect Nissan to be excessively cautious of who comes close.
LEGO Speed Champions Introduces a Nissan GT-R NISMO We Can All Afford
The Nissan GT-R NISMO is the latest supercar to join the ranks of LEGO’s Speed Champions line, adding another drool-worthy car kit to a lineup of brick sets that already includes the Ferrari F40, MINI Cooper, McLaren Senna, and Dodge Demon.
The Nissan-LEGO partnership was struck in part to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the iconic Japanese nameplate, and one of the early offsprings of that partnership is this 298-piece Nissan GT-R NISMO Speed Champions kit that will surely be a hot ticket item when it arrives sometime in January 2020. All car kits that are a part of LEGO’s 2020 Speed Champions lineup will also be bigger by 25 percent compared to previous versions. If for nothing else, the LEGO Nissan GT-R NISMO will look a lot more life-like than past Speed Champions cars.
A New Nissan Z and GT-R Are Coming, But You Might Not Like Them
22 Years - that’s how long the current Nissan GT-R and 370Z have collectively been on the market. Sure, the 370Z was updated for 2013, but it’s still very much the same car. Nissan, however, has finally admitted that it’s committed to both cars and, while nothing has been confirmed yet, some key players at the Tokyo Motor Show have practically admitted that successors to both are in the works. When we’ll see them and whether or not you’ll like them, on the other hand, is a completely different story.
Your Pre-Teen May Be Driving Before the Next-Gen R36 Nissan GT-R Comes to Market
The Nissan R35 GT-R has been around for 12 years and if current form holds, it looks like it won’t go away anytime soon. Nissan, it appears, isn’t in any rush to roll out the next-generation R36 model, at least until the company’s decision-makers make a final determination on what kind of powertrain it will carry. Will the next Godzilla be a hybrid, or will it be all-electric? That’s the million-dollar question at the moment, and until Nissan arrives at an answer, our hopes and dreams of seeing the next-generation R36 GT-Rwill remain just that: hopes and dreams.
A 1,100-Horsepower Nissan GT-R Can Go How Fast?
The Nissan GT-R is a good example of a performance car with so much untapped potential. In standard form, a 2009MY GT-R is powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that produces 480 horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque. For a 10-year old car, that remains an impressive feat of engineering. But like most GT-Rs in the world today, the 2009MY leaves plenty of power and performance on the table. That explains why Godzilla remains a favorite in the aftermarket world. You put certain modifications in and you can get something close to the GT-R in this video. This particular model packs 1,100 horsepower and 850 pound-feet of torque at the wheels. That’s an incredible amount of power that was showcased at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds where the GT-R was given a clean 2.7-mile runway to perform a standing mile run. The result, as you can expect, is nothing short of spectacular.
Fast Meets Faster: Yamaha R1 and Nissan GT-R Challenge a 1700-Horsepower Mk4 Toyota Supra
The fourth-generation Toyota Supra (Mk4) is arguably the most popular Supra of all time. It’s certainly the unquestioned favorite of the aftermarket auto scene, a lot of which made a lot of money back in the day thanks to how highly customizable the sports car was in its heyday. These days, it’s not uncommon to spot a Supra packing some serious heat. A 1,000-horsepower Supra Mk4? There are a lot of those in the world today. Look hard enough and you might even spot a Supra with an engine setup that produces 1,700 horsepower like the one in this video taking on a Nissan GT-R and a Yamaha R1 in an old-fashioned, albeit illegal, drag race. Don’t let the performance capabilities of Godzilla and the R1 fool you into thinking that these drag races are competitive. They’re not. The Supra takes it easy on both performance machines at first, but once the hammer drops, the GT-R and R1 are left eating its dust. All in a day’s work for this heavily modified Toyota Supra Mk4.
This $24,000 Grand Seiko Watch Celebrates the Nissan GT-R
Slowly but steadily approaching its retirement, the mighty Godzilla of the automotive world has been receiving facelifts and special editions as part of Nissan’s strategy to keep buyer interest as high as possible. But there’s no denying that the R35 Nissan GT-R is an aging beast. One that, should you ask for our two cents, has aged exquisitely. Speaking of getting old and all that, 2019 marked a massive milestone for the Nissan GT-R: 50 years since the first generation GT-R say daylight wearing the “Skyline” moniker. The year was 1969. And that’s precisely what Grand Seiko wanted to encapsulate with a special-edition, limited-run watch that kills two birds with one stone: celebrate five decades of the GT-R and two decades of Grand Seiko’s Spring Drive chronograph.
Nissan Jacks Up the Price of the GT-R NISMO to $210,000, But Is it Worth It?
I have some bad news for those of you who think that the 2019 Nissan GT-R NISMO’s $175,000 starting price is already steep. Pricing for the new 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO has been announced, and, as expected, it’s more expensive than its predecessor. Actually, it’s not just more expensive by a fraction; it’s more expensive by a lot. And by “a lot,” I mean $210,740. That’s $35,000 more expensive than the 2019 GT-R NISMO It’s ridiculous on every level. Or is it?
Take a deep dive on what the 2020 GT-R NISMO has to offer, and by the time you’re ready to go back up the surface, you’ll realize that Nissan’s asking price for the new and improved Japanese supercar is worth every penny. Say what you will about the GT-R’s classification as a performance model. One thing rings true above all of it. It’s a supercar now, and it’s certainly priced like one.
Everything We Know About the Next-Gen Nissan GT-R
The Nissan R35 GT-R has been roaming the earth and its darker corners for more than ten years. Considering that the usual life cycle for a car is six or seven years at the most, the R35 GT-R is overdue for a successor. It shows too. The car itself cannot find more than 50 or 60 new buyers each month in the U.S. Things are not looking much better in Japan either, however, Nissan doesn’t seem to be in a rush to reveal a replacement. Latest rumors from the company suggest we will see the next-gen R36 Nissan GT-R sometime in the early 2020s. The car is apparently on the drawing boards, with the engineers now doing their magic to contemplate what the new Nissan design boss Alfonso Albaisa called “the fastest super sports car in the world.”
Here’s Why Nissan Won’t Build Its Next Sports Car With Italdesign or Any Other Firm
We’ve been waiting for years for the folks at Nissan and Nismo to dust themselves off, get to work, and reveal the replacement for either the GT-R or the 370Z. As this isn’t about to happen, we thought that maybe Nissan is preparing to launch a partnership with somebody to piece together its next sports car, as Toyota and BMW did, but this isn’t the case. "It’s in the Nissan DNA and its heritage to keep everything in house," according to a Nissan spokesperson.
Last year, the fruit of the partnership between Italian design firm Italdesign and Japanese automaker Nissan came to light as the 50th anniversary Nissan GT-R concept. The car, painted in grey with some classy gold accents here and there looks like an evolutionary take on the R35’s design and that got us thinking that the next GT-R is in the works and that we may get it as a result of a partnership. Apparently, this won’t happen, or at least that’s what Nissan’s saying right now. Since the launch of the Italdesign GT-R, we saw Nissan release another 50th-anniversary model, namely a 370Z co-developed with Peter Brock’s BRE (Brock Racing Engineering) company that was unveiled at the 2019 New York Auto Show.
2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo
The 2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo, revealed at the 2019 New York Auto Show, is the latest evolutive step for the aging Godzilla. Some major hardware migrated from race spec GT-R GT3 to it and made it as good as humanly possible. It’s angrier, more impulsive at the wheel, and more capable.
After Nissan showed it in New York, I figured that the GT-R is something like an excellent phone app. There’s someone that always works on it and makes it better in what it does. Back in 2007, when we saw it for the first time, the GT-R R35 rewrote the rules of affordable performance. CarMagazine in the U.K. clocked it at 3.6 seconds in its 0-62mph attempt. In the same test, the 2008 Nissan GT-R comfortably topped 190 mph.
Eleven years later (yes, it is that old), and the 2019 Nissan GT-R Nismo can manage 62 mph in 2.7 seconds. That’s a fantastic improvement and surprising result in its own. However, 2018 was not the last year of the Nissan GT-R Nismo. Lately, Godzilla has reached its latest evolution as the 2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo.
I will say right now. The 2020 Nissan GT-R is the best Nissan GT-R of all time!
2020 Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition
The year was 1969. The “Skyline” name had already been introduced 12 years prior, first by Prince Motor Company, and then by Nissan in 1967 after the two companies merged. Two years after the merger, Nissan introduced a sports car based on the Skyline, and, among other things, it carried a three-letter nomenclature that has arguably become one of the most famous names in the entire industry: the GT-R. Fifty years later, the GT-R is still used today as the name of Nissan’s all-conquering supercar. It’s fitting then that the Japanese automaker that created the line of performance cars wearing the GT-R name is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the model with a special edition version, appropriately called the Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition. In line with its stature, Nissan debuted the GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition at the 2019 New York Auto Show.
The Next-Gen R36 Nissan GT-R Won’t Be Here for a While, But That’s a Good Thing
Nissan is currently celebrating five decades of the GT-R with the debut of the 2020 GT-R 50th Edition at the 2019 New York Auto Show. While we’re happy to see Nissan paying tribute to one of the greatest Japanese sports cars of all time, you’d be forgiven for saying the automaker is dragging its feet when it comes to introducing a new generation for Godzilla. However, recent comments made by a few folks high in the Nissan corporate food chain seem to suggest that the company is indeed working to pin down exactly what the R36 will bring to the table, including electric power options, handling upgrades, and possibly even self-driving capability.
The 2020 Nissan GT-R 50th Edition Honors the GT-R Legacy in All the Right Ways
Fifty years ago, Nissan introduced the Skyline as a four-door sedan in its home market of Japan. Nobody knew it at that time, Nissan included, but in the course of the next half-century, The Skyline would give birth to what is arguably the most iconic Japanese supercar of all time, Godzilla itself, the Nissan GT-R. Nissan is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the GT-R’s roots with the debut of the Nissan 50th Anniversary GT-R at the 2019 New York Auto Show. The 50th Anniversary GT-R isn’t a special edition model in the traditional sense. Instead, Nissan is offering the anniversary treatment in the form of an appearance package for the 2020 GT-R. Nissan has yet to release pricing and availability options for the 50th Anniversary GT-R, but seeing as the model is making its debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show, it’s safe to say that we’re going to get our hands on the model, or at least the appearance package that turns the GT-R into the 50th Anniversary model.
Sorry Folks - The 2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo Is Here and It’s Pretty Much the Same
Rumors of a new-generation Nissan GT-R, possibly with a hybrid drivetrain, have been flying around for years now. But the R35 isn’t going anywhere anytime soon because Nissan just introduced a new version of the GT-R Nismo at the 2019 New York Auto Show. The Nismo model is already five years old (while the GT-R itself is 12 years old), but Nissan didn’t make any radical changes to the design and drivetrain.
Nissan Could Have One of the Best Stands at the New York Auto Show
Nissan is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Z and Skyline-GTR this year, and it looks like the New York Auto Show will be the site of one of the company’s celebrations. Details are still under wraps, but the Japanese automaker did reveal a teaser that indicated its plan to introduce the “ultimate dream garage” in the Big Apple. The teaser image shows eight Nissans on and under lifts. It’s hard to make out the models under the lifts, but it’s possible that those are the surprise reveals that Nissan is planning for the event. Could two of those four models be 50th-anniversary versions of the Nissan 370Z and the Nissan GT-R? We’ll find out soon enough.