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.
10 of the Fastest Cars Available for Under $15,000
There are a lot of benefits in buying a pre-owned car. Instead of being stuck on a particular segment due to budget constraints, you can actually choose a car from the higher tiers when you look at the used market. You don’t have to worry about the depreciation hit in the car as well. And, when it comes to fast, cool cars, you don’t have to wait for the run-in period to complete and you can redline it from day one. In fact, if you spend some time researching, you can find some real treasures as well. To help you out, we’ve listed ten of the fastest cars that you can get for less than $15,000.
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.
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 370Z Continues to Show its Age, Yet Nissan Refuses to Kill it
As excited as it was to hear rumors that Nissan was bringing thesuccessor to the 370Z sports car at the Tokyo Motor Show, it appears that the hype has fizzled out even before it had a chance to be worth anything. The latest word coming from former Nissan Australia Managing Director, Richard Emery, who has come out saying there are unlikely to be any plans for a new Z concept anytime soon.
Speaking with Motoring, Emery said that there are no plans to introduce a replacement study for the 370Z. His comments also came a few days after the automaker unveiled the 2018 370Z in Europe, packing some aesthetic improvements in the exterior and interior. Considering these recent developments on the front of Nissan’s Z sports car family, it does look like all those talks of a successor were premature. It doesn’t mean that they were unwarranted, though. The fact remains that the 370Z is eight years old and (should be) at the end of its lifecycle. It’s certainly possible that Nissan is giving the sports car one final facelift before officially launching the successor. Whether that’s a couple of years from now or not, it’s going to be a while.
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Instant gratification is great, but they also say that good things come to those who wait. So apparently, the anticipation of something can build to make the moment of fulfillment even better than if it was received immediately. It’s like finally digging into a delicious meal after a few hours of salivating at the aroma wafting in from the kitchen.
In this particular circumstance, we find the entrée to be a thick slab of Japanese engineering emanating a bouquet of world-class performance specs. Sitting down to enjoy it is Nick Coombes, who placed his order in 2013 as soon as he heard about the GT-R Nismo’s 7:08 Nurburgring lap time. The man is clearly smitten by the car’s capabilities, as this 2015 Nismo is the third Godzilla he’s owned. As Coombes puts it, “once you’ve got GT-R in your blood, that is it.”
To commemorate this first delivery, Nissan sent Coombes to Thruxton Motorsport Centre, where GT Academy winner and current LMP1 racer Jann Mardenborough was on hand to help him break in the new toy. The track was wet, which was no problem for the GT-R’s legendary AWD system.
After 17 months of waiting, Coombes seems ecstatic to finally be at the helm of his new dream ride. It’s the ultimate road-going expression of Nissan’s racing pedigree, and should keep him satisfied for a while. That is, until they make a faster one.
Continue reading to learn more about the Nissan GT-R Nismo.
Since the Nissan GT-R’s introduction for the 2009 model year, the car has received much attention and praise for its ridiculous abilities to outperform nearly every other supercar on the market, let alone at its price point. Thanks to a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine, a quick-shifting, dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive, the GT-R proves itself to be a worthy successor to the previous generations of Nissan sports cars.
The GT-R has steadily undergone improvements over its six-year lifespan. Increased power, transmission tuning, and a slight exterior redesign all play roles in keeping Godzilla roaring. Things continue in that direction for 2015, as engineers have tweaked the suspension tuning and anti-roll bars to make it a more manageable daily driver without sacrificing its at-the-limit handling.
I recently got the chance to spend a week behind the leather-wrapped wheel of a GT-R. My tester showed up wearing the Premium trim package – which, ironically is the entry trim level – and the upgraded interior package. This meant I had the 545-horsepower version of the force-fed, 3.8-liter V-6 rather than the even more ridiculous GT-R NISMO.
So how do the changes affect the car? Keep reading to find out.
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Chargespeed Japan has launched an aerodynamic upgrade for the R35 generation Nissan GT-R. The aero-kit is now available in the U.S. as well. Unlike other aftermarket body kits available for the Nissan GT-R, the "Bottomline" by Chargespeed Japan has been designed to blend into the GT-R’s contours. The company also claims to have improved aerodynamic performance of the R35 Nissan GT-R.
Nissan has spent years perfecting the aerodynamic performance of the new GT-R, so it is already near perfection, so any improvements by this kit will only make the GT-R better.
The front bumper gets an add-on air dam to streamline the air hitting the front bumper. The side skirts have been lowered to prevent air from getting under the car and causing lift. The rear uses tiny guide vanes at the upper edge of the rear windshield to direct air onto the rear spoiler. A rear diffuser also helps channel air from under the car to create more downforce.
The Bottomline kit is a made specifically for Nissan GT-Rs built between 2009 and 2013. The company also offers individual components for those of you who want to build it piece-by-piece.
All the parts are made of fiber-reinforced plastics, but customers can also opt for "Hybrid" carbon-fiber parts, hand laid with a 1x1 weave. Chargespeed is also working on an all-carbon body kit upgrade.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Nissan GT-R
When Dr. Don Panoz, the man largely behind the DeltaWing Coupe, saw the BladeGlider Concept, he probably didn’t take too kindly to its design, something he believes infringed on the look of the DeltaWing project.
Apparently, Panoz believes Nissan did just that, and he’s taking to the courts to issue a cease-and-desist order on the BladeGlider and the ZEOD RC — another car that bears a striking similarity to the DeltaWing project. While this piece of news might come as a surprise to a lot of people, it was actually months in the making for Panoz, who already had reservations when Nissan came out with the ZEOD RC, months after pulling out of the DeltaWing project.
And with the BladeGlider bearing the same design — the long nose cone, the narrow front track, and the wider rear track — Panoz knew that action needed to be taken, and take action he did, naming Nissan motorsport boss, Darren Cox, and former DelaWing colleague, Ben Bowlby, as part of the lawsuit.
Now, filing a lawsuit and seeing something done about it are two different things. Panoz accomplished the first one pretty easily, claiming infringement of intellectual property rights on Nissan’s part. The second part, though, will still be a matter of how the courts treat the issue.
What we do know is that this battle between Nissan and DeltaWing is just getting started.
Click past the jump to read about the 2012 NIssan DeltaWing and the 2013 Nissan BladeGlider Concept
The Nissan GT-R is among the fastest-accelerating cars on the planet, second only to million-dollar hypercars. The evolution of the GT-R has been an interesting story, and the next-generation Nissan GT-R will mark yet another important milestone in its storied history.
Nissan has already started working on the next iteration of the GT-R, and for the first time, a top executive at Nissan has confirmed to that the new model will feature a hybrid powertrain. Now, don’t start thinking that this will be some a Hybrid that focuses only on being "green." Nope, this will be more of a performance hybrid, similar to the Porsche 918 Spyder’s setup.
Though these hyper-hybrids are just as fast as their gasoline-powered counterparts, we believe that a hybrid powertrain alters the "wow" factor of performance. Anyway, speaking to Autocar, Andy Palmer — engineering, sales and marketing boss at Nissan — said that there is an "inevitability" about electrification of all future cars and that the new Nissan GT-R "will see some form of hybridization".
For the time being, the Nismo GT-R will remain the flagship model and will receive annual updates. Nissan is known to launch upgrades for the GT-R every year, and the Nismo GT-R will be no exception. The updates include tweaks to the engine for extra performance, improvements on the aerodynamics front, etc.
Click past the jump for more on the Nismo GT-R’s Nurburgring lap time and on the current GT-R
The Nissan Juke Nismo is a really surprising little machine. After a week with my foot on the floor (in ’normal’ mode), I was vaguely unimpressed with the little truck’s ability to hustle out of its own way. I thought it looked cool and handled well, had great seats and a good image. But... even the coolest car in the world still needs to be fast to get my attention, and yours too I bet.
Silly me. The TopSpeed team is mostly hard at work during the day producing news content, so the amount of miles we put on the press loaners is pretty low overall.
That extra time was exactly what I needed to discover the Juke Nismo’s sport buttons, which allow personalization of numerous parameters between normal, sport and eco.
Most sport buttons in mainstream cars are a waste of time. They might make the engine hold shifts longer, or thump harder over bumps - but generally achieve very little beyond that.
The Nismo sport tune is far from subtle, however. Cars have to generally start up in their ’Normal’ setting so that they can achieve the emissions and economy required by the test and buyers.
Flipping to Juke Nismo to Sport mode opens up a totally different little crossover. One that has front, AWD auto or even a V-mode all-wheel-drive setting to keep traction.
Skinny tires ensure more playfullness than is normal in a compact, and the sport mode also transforms the optional CVT auto of our test car into something much, much more special. It thrums and upshifts like a real sports car, with handling and steering precision on the highway that seems autobahn-ready.
A quick walk-around video of the Juke Nismo highlights some of the reasons I loved this car by the end of our time together. It also shows of an impressive exhaust rumble and all the Nismo-exclusive styling features of this $27,000 pocket rocket.
Click past the jump to see some clips of the Nissan Juke Nismo ahead of the full TopSpeed Driven review in the coming weeks.