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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.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Nissan GT-R.

 

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Hey, Nissan, Make This the New GT-R, Will You?

Hey, Nissan, Make This the New GT-R, Will You?

Who wants to see a mid-engine Godzilla rule the streets?

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.

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2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo - Driven

2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo - Driven

Godzilla is a fitting name, but you’ll never understand why until you get behind the wheel

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.

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Between Godzilla and the BMW M5, This is One Action-Packed Head-to-Head Showdown

Between Godzilla and the BMW M5, This is One Action-Packed Head-to-Head Showdown

These are two performance cars that you’d want in your garage

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.

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Tickets to the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon Will Include a Tomica Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500

Tickets to the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon Will Include a Tomica Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500

It’s in Japan, but our friends over there should take note of this

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.

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Rain Prisk Just Envisioned the Nissan GT-R50 as a Mid-Engine Car and It's Perfect

Rain Prisk Just Envisioned the Nissan GT-R50 as a Mid-Engine Car and It’s Perfect

It’s too bad that we’re not going to see it come to life

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.

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Nissan Is Actually Putting the GT-R50 by Italdesign into Production

Nissan Is Actually Putting the GT-R50 by Italdesign into Production

We’ll see the first, $1 million example at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show

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.

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LEGO Speed Champions Introduces a Nissan GT-R NISMO We Can All Afford

LEGO Speed Champions Introduces a Nissan GT-R NISMO We Can All Afford

Now we’re talking, LEGO, now we’re talking

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.

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A New Nissan Z and GT-R Are Coming, But You Might Not Like Them

A New Nissan Z and GT-R Are Coming, But You Might Not Like Them

When will there be a new Nissan Z and GT-R?

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.

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Your Pre-Teen May Be Driving Before the Next-Gen R36 Nissan GT-R Comes to Market

Your Pre-Teen May Be Driving Before the Next-Gen R36 Nissan GT-R Comes to Market

On the bright side, we’ve been waiting for a while now so what’s another few years of waiting, right?

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.

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A 1,100-Horsepower Nissan GT-R Can Go How Fast?

A 1,100-Horsepower Nissan GT-R Can Go How Fast?

This is what happens when you pack a four-figure power output on Godzilla and let it run with it

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.

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Fast Meets Faster: Yamaha R1 and Nissan GT-R Challenge a 1700-Horsepower Mk4 Toyota Supra

Fast Meets Faster: Yamaha R1 and Nissan GT-R Challenge a 1700-Horsepower Mk4 Toyota Supra

It’s all child’s pay for what is arguably the most popular version of the 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.

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This $24,000 Grand Seiko Watch Celebrates the Nissan GT-R

This $24,000 Grand Seiko Watch Celebrates the Nissan GT-R

It sure feels good to own a Nissan GT-R but it’s probably better if you have a matching expensive watch to complement it

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.

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Nissan Jacks Up the Price of the GT-R NISMO to $210,000, But Is it Worth It?

Nissan Jacks Up the Price of the GT-R NISMO to $210,000, But Is it Worth It?

Don’t get confused about what the 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO is; this bad boy is a supercar through and through

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.

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Everything We Know About the Next-Gen Nissan GT-R

Everything We Know About the Next-Gen Nissan GT-R

We can expect a “brick”. A really, really fast “brick”.

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.”

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Here's Why Nissan Won't Build Its Next Sports Car With Italdesign or Any Other Firm

Here’s Why Nissan Won’t Build Its Next Sports Car With Italdesign or Any Other Firm

Nissan doesn’t seem interested in developing its next sports car in partnership with another manufacturer

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.

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2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo

2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo

The 2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo is so good it could be a holy grail for car enthusiasts and car collectors in 20 years.

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!

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2020 Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition

2020 Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition

The king of monsters is getting special digs for a special occasion

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.

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The Next-Gen R36 Nissan GT-R Won't Be Here for a While, But That's a Good Thing

The Next-Gen R36 Nissan GT-R Won’t Be Here for a While, But That’s a Good Thing

Godzilla is sure to reemerge eventually, and when it does, it’ll come with jaw-dropping tech

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.

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The 2020 Nissan GT-R 50th Edition Honors the GT-R Legacy in All the Right Ways

The 2020 Nissan GT-R 50th Edition Honors the GT-R Legacy in All the Right Ways

There’s no better way to celebrate Godzilla’s 50th birthday than by bridging the past with the future

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.

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Sorry Folks - The 2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo Is Here and It's Pretty Much the Same

Sorry Folks - The 2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo Is Here and It’s Pretty Much the Same

The GT-R Nismo carries over with minor updates

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.

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Nissan Could Have One of the Best Stands at the New York Auto Show

Nissan Could Have One of the Best Stands at the New York Auto Show

50th anniversary editions of the automaker’s two sports cars could be the highlights of the stand

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.

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1320 Video Features the 3,000-Horsepower ETS-G Nissan GT-R: Video

1320 Video Features the 3,000-Horsepower ETS-G Nissan GT-R: Video

Hunting for 6’s with Godzilla

If you want to make ludicrous power and demolish the quarter mile with a modern import, the Nissan GT-R makes for a pretty solid foundation. Ever since it was first revealed back in 2007, tuners have been busy turning wrenches and coaxing ever-higher output levels from the GT-R’s venerable twin-turbo V-6, and these days, it’s evidenced by bigger and bigger dyno pulls, and smaller and smaller ETs.

One of the biggest stars in constellation GT-R is Gidi Chamdi, who is regularly seen behind the wheel of some of the most extreme GT-R’s on the planet. 1320 Video managed to catch up with Gidi recently at the GT-R World Cup at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida, where he was once again assuming the role of pilot in the latest ETS-tuned GT-R. Sporting an all-new build, this mad machine puts down an astonishing 3,000 horsepower. The goal? Nothing less than a shot at the GT-R drag racing world record. Hit play to watch what happens when all that power is unleashed down the drag strip.

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Take a Detailed Video Tour of a Very Rare Nissan Skyline R32 HKS Zero-R

Take a Detailed Video Tour of a Very Rare Nissan Skyline R32 HKS Zero-R

It’s so rare that it makes up just 25-percent of the original models produced

Still in production after 11 years, the current R35 GT-R is the fastest and most powerful of its kind. However, it’s not the rarest and definitely not the most valuable. Nissan built quite a few special runs of the Skyline GT-R in the past, but very few of them are as exclusive as the HKS Zero-R.

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Check Out This Awesome Nissan GT-R Key Fob

Check Out This Awesome Nissan GT-R Key Fob

Not sure how practical this is to be used on a daily basis, but is sure as hell is a great party gimmick

We have seen smart keys with most of the uber cool cars in the market today. Although the keys look fancy and come with certain ‘wow’ features, this particular key fob has blown our minds. This Nissan GT-R has the most sophisticated key we have ever seen on a car. Although the design and shape of the key has been carried over, it comes with a host of other features.

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2018 Nissan GT-R Naomi Osaka Edition

2018 Nissan GT-R Naomi Osaka Edition

Nissan’s nod to a pro athlete keeps Godzilla fresh

Despite its age, the Nissan GT-R is still an absolute monster of a performance machine. That said, Godzilla does occasionally get outshined by the newer competition, and in response, Nissan offers a variety of special edition models. The latest is the Naomi Osaka Edition, which celebrates professional tennis player and US Open champion Naomi Osaka with a number of color combinations both outside and in the cabin.

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Here's the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign In Production Form

Here’s the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign In Production Form

Say hello to the prettiest and most powerful GT-R ever made, priced at more than $1 million a pop

When Nissan and Italdesign joined forces to create the GT-R50 prototype earlier this year, the final product elevated Godzilla from functional to fantastic, bestowing undeniable beauty onto a platform usually regarded for its prowess, rather than its aesthetic. Now, Nissan has revealed a final limited-run production version, and its still got the goods to drop jaws.

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The Next-Gen Nissan Z and Nissan GT-R Will Be Electrified

The Next-Gen Nissan Z and Nissan GT-R Will Be Electrified

Oh, the horror!

There was speculation that Nissan might electrify its sports cars with their upcoming generations, and now a company official has dropped some bombs on the whole issue. By 2022, 40-percent of Nissan’s vehicles will be electrified, and that includes the Nissan Z and Nissan GT-R as well.

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Top 10 Most Blasphemous Models To Turn Into An EV

Top 10 Most Blasphemous Models To Turn Into An EV

Does battery power make it the spawn of satan?

The world of EVs is ever growing, and as we near a time when there will be no gas to fill our tanks, we realized some of the world’s best-sounding and glorious engines will have to be ditched in favor of electric power. Think of an electric Camaro, Mustang, Corvette, or Lamborghini... does it sound good? Or rather, does it make any sound at all?

With the advent of electrification in the business of car building, you see every major manufacturer scramble to put together a lineup of eco-friendly electric vehicles as a statement of their forward-thinking plans and their bias towards the future of mobility. It all looked foolish almost 20 years ago when Honda introduced the original hybrid Insight, which was shortly followed by Toyota’s Prius, but today, this seems to be the trend that will sell. For some, it might be a marketing ploy to appease a new section of the market, but you can’t dismiss the trend altogether.

Audi just took the wraps off its first fully-electric car, the E-Tron. Mercedes was doing the same just a few weeks ago with its EQC, and just about any manufacturer you can think of has a mid- to long-term plan for at least hybrid, if not electric. For instance, Aston-Martin is looking forward to the year 2030, by which time the British manufacturer’s stable should be made up exclusively of electric cars. Ferrari, well-known for their devotion to making their cars sound perfect, is planning a 60 percent hybridization of its lineup in just four year’s time. You can imagine a Ferrari EV isn’t that far off in the future, then.

All this got us thinking - which cars would you never want to see without a growling V-8, or maybe a high-revving V-12 under the hood? Which car’s move from gas to electric sounds like blasphemy to you? We know there is a Mustang-inspired sports utility vehicle coming from Ford in 2020, and the pony car itself might go electric in the future, so how does that make you feel?

Read on to learn about our top 10 cars that would be blasphemous to turn into EVs.

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2018 Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign

2018 Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign

The ugly duckling turned into a beautiful swan

While it might be a world-class performance icon, the Nissan GT-R was never really considered “pretty.” However, that all changes with the introduction of the one-off GT-R50 prototype, a collaborative effort between Nissan and the legendary Italian design house, Italdesign. Built to commemorate the overlapping 50th anniversary of both the Skyline GT-R nameplate and the birth of Italdesign, the GT-R50 is rolling eye candy laid atop an engineering masterpiece, bringing form and function into stunning harmony.

Updated 08/27/2018: We added a new series of images taken during the car’s official presentation at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Continue reading to learn more about the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign.

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The Next-Gen Nissan GT-R is Coming but it Won't Be the GT-R50

The Next-Gen Nissan GT-R is Coming but it Won’t Be the GT-R50

A New concept is underway, however

The current Nissan GT-R has been around for quite some time now, and it’s in dire need of replacement. Just like the current generation, a concept of the next-gen will arrive before the actual production car. However, the new car won’t borrow styling cues from the Italdesign’s GT-R50 show car. Now, that’s a surprising move!

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Nissan Calls Its Own Shot, Claims Next-Gen GT-R Will Be The Fastest Super Sports Car In The World

Nissan Calls Its Own Shot, Claims Next-Gen GT-R Will Be The Fastest Super Sports Car In The World

Bold claims, sure, but when it comes to Godzilla’s progeny, there are no such things as hyperbole

Fresh off of unveiling the limited-run Nissan GT-R50, Nissan is dropping hints about the next-generation GT-R, including claims that it will be the “fastest super sports car in the world.” Nissan design boss Alfonso Albaisa dropped the bombshell at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, adding that the Japanese automaker is in the early phases of designing the new model. There’s no timetable on when the next-gen GT-R will surface, but with the current-generation model already 11 years into its life cycle, it should only be a matter of time before the spawn of Godzilla is introduced to the world.

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Video: Watch the ItalDesign GT-R50 in action at Goodwood

Video: Watch the ItalDesign GT-R50 in action at Goodwood

The $1-million supercar hits the race track

The Italdesign GT-R50, essentially a modified Nissan GT-R, just made its public debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The bespoke supercar was driven on the historic race track and, as expected, it looks even better in motion than in the official photos.

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Would You Pay $1 Million for a Nissan GT-R?

Would You Pay $1 Million for a Nissan GT-R?

Is a Nissan worth more than a Ferrari?

The 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed is just around the corner, and so are the tremendous sports cars we’re going to see at the event. Among them, there will be the most aggressive and powerful Nissan GT-R ever created. It’s called the GT-R50 and was design in collaboration with Italdesign. But on top of being the most powerful GT-R yet, it will also be the most expensive at a whopping $1 million.

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The Nissan GT-R50 Is the Most Exciting and Powerful GT-R Ever!

The Nissan GT-R50 Is the Most Exciting and Powerful GT-R Ever!

And it could make it into production

Almost 11 years old as of 2018, the Nissan GT-R is pretty long in the tooth. And, even though sales have dropped dramatically in recent years, Nissan is still keeping the supercar into production with mild upgrades. With a new-generation model underway, the Japanese firm teamed up with Italdesign to build the most extreme GT-R to date. It’s called the GT-R50 and will make its debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed later this week.

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Italdesign and Nissan Design a Celebratory GT-R That Screams Future Collaboration

Italdesign and Nissan Design a Celebratory GT-R That Screams Future Collaboration

There’s no better way than to celebrate 50 years of Italdesign and GT-R

To celebrate 50 years of Italdesign creations and the Nissan GT-R nameplate, the coachbuilder and automaker have teamed up to create a one-off prototype called the GT-R50. Considered to be a GT-R without limits, and based on the 2018 GT-R Nismo, this custom Nissan is scheduled to debut next month with heavy modifications – exactly what you would expect from something created by Italdesign.

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6 Sports Cars Everyone Should Drive at Least Once in Their Lives

6 Sports Cars Everyone Should Drive at Least Once in Their Lives

I have my choices. What are yours?

Suppose you were given a choice to pick six sports cars to take out for a spin, which models would you choose? Some of you might choose from a list made entirely out of hypercars. Some of you might go for all the all-muscle types. Some of you might even choose to drive one automaker’s entire catalog. Everyone’s taste for sports cars is different, which is why in figuring out my suggestions for the six sports cars everyone should drive at least once in their lives, I was more varied in my choices. I put in a hypercar, a track car, a muscle car, a Japanese monster, and a small Italian sports car that’s going to blow you away. Some of you might have different choices, and that’s fine. What’s important is that, at the end of the day, we all get to experience the cars we love, even if it’s just for a day.

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2019 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3

2019 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3

"Godzilla" returns with new upgrades!

As the current Nissan GT-R is preparing for retirement with a new, hybrid-powered model underway, the race-spec Nismo GT3 was upgraded for the 2019 racing season.

Last revised in 2015, the GT-R Nismo GT3 has now received a new aerodynamic package on the outside and borrowed the recent changes that Nissan rolled out for the road-legal sports car. The race car also boasts an upgraded chassis that includes new suspension components, more durable brakes, and a more reliable transmission. That vehicle that has won many races in series like the Blancpain GT Series and the Super GT, just to name a few, will hit the track with these new upgrades for the 2019 season.

Continue reading to learn more about the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3.

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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
Read our full review of the 2017 Nissan GT-R or check out the gallery below for more high-quality wallpapers

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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.”

Keep reading to learn a little more about the Nissan GT-R Track Edition.

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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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