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2020 Nissan GT-R (X) 2050 Concept - Godzilla of the Future

2020 Nissan GT-R (X) 2050 Concept - Godzilla of the Future

The GT-R (X) is a wild, futuristic idea with a brain-to-computer transmitter

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.

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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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2015 Nissan GT-R - Driven

2015 Nissan GT-R - Driven

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.

Click ‘Continue Reading’ for the full review

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2009 - 2013 Nissan GT-R by Chargespeed Japan

2009 - 2013 Nissan GT-R by Chargespeed Japan

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

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2014 Nissan Juke Nismo

2014 Nissan Juke Nismo

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.

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2014 Nissan GT-R Track Pack - First-Drive Video

2014 Nissan GT-R Track Pack - First-Drive Video

The Nissan GT-R is my hero. I was so amazed by the performance of the R35 generation of GT-R when launched that I modified the back of my Legacy 2.5GT to read “2.5GT-R” with an expensive and genuine GT-R emblem from Japan.

To put a badge from another car onto your own, as a grown man, is pretty pathetic in retrospect. But for the year or so that my Subaru was a 2.5GT-R, every time I saw the beveled red letters of that logo, I could not help but smile.

My car, I told myself, was sort of like a GT-R for people with dogs and cargo flexibility needs. I eventually grew up and mounted the GT-R emblem in prime position on my refrigerator, where it delights me even today.

Do not meet your heroes, they say. A lifetime spent worshiping a professional baseball pitcher, only to find out he is meaner than a rattlesnake and twice as deadly. Seeing the underbelly of any icon could ruin baseball altogether - if that was your life’s passion until seeing the bad parts up close.

I got to meet my hero last week via the 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Pack. While the car defined my day, and has consumed my thoughts ever since, I am unable to form an opinion even a full week later.

This is rare for me. Love it or hate it, I generally get a good sense of a car’s merits and issues within a few minutes behind the wheel.

But the GT-R is very different. Our time together was more of a fling than going steady, but if I thought I loved the GT-R more than anything else in the world before I drove it, what do I think now?

Still hard to say. I do know that sitting down in the GT-R for the first time was very intense on a number of levels. The hoon before me had every setting in race mode, and, frankly, I was not prepared for the performance the GT-R offers its drivers every second it is on the roads.

So while I try to stop shaking with cold sweats after only a few full-throttle sessions, the GT-R is better than a hero to me. It was better than everything I had previously read or knew about the vehicle.

We are putting together the full Driven review for next week, but until then, please enjoy these TopSpeed First-Drive Video reviews of the 2014 Nissan GT-R.

Click past the jump to see me sweat it out while hitting 60-mph in a claimed 2.8 seconds.

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2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo - Driven

2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo - Driven

The Nissan 370Z was the first model to get the comprehensive Nismo upgrade from the revered tuning arm of the Japanese auto giant. Long housed in an anonymous mid-rise factory with only a bright red door to signal something special inside, the Nismo team is spreading its wings with further upgrades to normal Nissan models.

The best-known work from these honorable speed demons is, of course, the GT-R. As we will see, this is not a team who adds some stickers and a lightly revised ECU to cars that don the "Nismo" badge.

The pitfalls of creating a performance spin-off series are many. Too much change and the price can nearly double, cutting volume by four in the process. The previous Cadillac CTS-V suffered such a fate.

On the other side of the spectrum; too little enhancement, and the car is dismissed as badge and stickers job by those in the know. So there is a fine line to walk between the loaded 370Z Touring’s $38,000 price and the $43,000 base of the Nismo version.

After some seat time and some driving videos (viewable below), the 370Z Nismo is unlike any other Z-car driven to date. It features extensively restyled bodywork from every angle, a far lower ride height, and exhaust drums so large they might be packing oil reserves.

For those with allegiance to only hardcore performance, the 370Z Nismo really trumps the equivalent Genesis Coupe R-Specs and Camaros of the performance world. An apt comparison would be to the previous Ford Mustang Boss 302 that was basically a Laguna Seca time attack special.

The spec sheet of the 370Z shows how busy the Nismo team was in revamping the Z-car to its standards. This is far more than a body and paint shop; this car is purpose-built from the body-in-white chassis upward by Nismo.

Click past the jump for the full TopSpeed Driven review of the 2014 Nissan 370Z NISMO, including a few videos of driving impressions.

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2019 Nissan GT-R

2019 Nissan GT-R

The Nissan GT-R is by far Japan’s longest-running and most-talked-about supercar. Even in the face of an all-new hybrid NSX and the shrieking Lexus LF-A’s V-10, the magic of the GT-R formula continues to fascinate and captivate car guys and gals across the world.

The latest R35 Nissan GT-R is the most accomplished in the family lineage by not only dominating the press in Asia and Australia — where the previous-gen cars were sold — but also taking headlines across America and Europe.

And the headlines are good. Not the standard "newcomer tries to beat Porsche, loses" we are all so familiar with. The GT-R is a machine that wins objective and subjective comparison tests against some of the absolute quickest and highest-tech machines in the world.

It has taken two generations of 911 Turbo models to get anywhere near the GT-R’s pace, and the $100,000 Nissan also regularly spanks Ferrari’s finest.

So much so that Porsche and Ferrari will no longer let one of their cars be in a comparo with the GT-R. Now that is an achievement.

So where to go with this legend of a race car? Keep the world-beating pace and all the latest component upgrades from the forthcoming GT-R Nismo, but improve the weight balance, center of gravity, aerodynamics and style.

A daunting task, to say the least. Luckily, the TopSpeed artists and graphic design team have created a few exclusive previews of where the GT-R’s styling will go in the next generations.

Tagged a 2016 Nissan GT-R, these renderings are purely speculative design studies. The ideas presented here are still quite interesting, with two distinct flavors of modern GT-R from which to select your favorite.

Click past the jump for a closer look at these TopSpeed exclusive previous of the next-gen Nissan GT-R.

Update 3/13/2014: A possible leaked image and insider information puts the 2016 GT-R at over 800 horsepower and gives it a whole new look. See more after the jump.

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2013 Nissan Juke-R by Shpilli Villi Engineering

2013 Nissan Juke-R by Shpilli Villi Engineering

So what’s a car buff to do when Nissan completely crushes your dreams of ever owning a Nissan Juke-R by building only a handful of them and charging €500,000 ($649,550 at the current exchange rate) for it? Build your own, silly. Then build more, market it, and hope to God that Nissan doesn’t sue you into bankruptcy.

Well, this is exactly what Russian Company, Shpilli Villi Engineering, has done – well, almost. So far Shpilli Villi has only built a one-of model and it’s downright ignorant. This custom-built Juke-R features the GT-R’s 3.8-liter V-6 engine, but Shpilli Villi fitted it with a pair of HKS turbochargers and what sounds to us like the GT-R’s transmission and driveline too. This is good for a whopping 700-plus horsepower on regular pump gas or over 800 ponies when you manage to get a little 109-octane petrol in it.

This one-off Godzilla-meets-Juke features a coat of white paint – unlike the official Juke-R – a set of monstrously wide rims, wheel flares and a center-dump exhaust that produces all sorts of awesome tones. Though the images are a little scarce and the videos don’t show much of it, you can make out that this Juke-R does boast at least the instrument panel from the GT-R, but reports indicate that it has the entire GT-R interior.

What’s best is that the creator of this monster took it to the Nürburgring and let it loose, all while taking plenty of videos for us to see. We’re still trying to dig up more information on the vehicle, but at this point there isn’t much available on it. The only other bit of information we have is that Shpilli Villi will be building and selling these Juke-Rs to customers.

Hit the jump to see the video!

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2004 Nissan 350Z "Rival Swap" by Tech 2 Motorsports

2004 Nissan 350Z "Rival Swap" by Tech 2 Motorsports

For the most part, when you get together a big group of tuners – we mean real tuners, not some dude that throws 500 lbs of plastic and chrome on his ride and calls it a “tuner” car – there are several clear divides. One of the biggest divides is between the Nissan group and the Toyota group. As the No. 2 and 3 import tuner cars, respectively, there is no love lost between them. In real life they respect each other – for the most part – but under the hood, they despise one another.

This is why you never see a Nissan-meets-Toyota kind of monster build. You’ll see domestic engines in Hondas and vice versa, but you never ever see someone take a Nissan car and drop a Toyota powerplant in it. Well, until now!

Steven Mills, in collaboration with ISS Forged and Tech 2 Motorsports, decided, like many others in the world, that the VQ35 engine found in his 350Z was not up to snuff, even with a wide array of mods. So he yanked it out and dropped in a Nissan powerplant. Oh, you would like to know what engine he swapped it out for. You will be surprised, we are sure of it.

Click past the jump to find out about the engine and read our full review.

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2012 Nissan GT-R Alpha Omega by AMS Performance

2012 Nissan GT-R Alpha Omega by AMS Performance

We all know how impressive AMS’s GT-R Alpha package is. It has broken a couple of world records in its time, including a quarter mile sprint time of 8.97 seconds at an astonishing 169 miles an hour and a top speed record of 216.9mph. It’s definitely memorable, but absolutely conquerable. AMS Performance has decided to one-up themselves with their new Alpha Omega package for the GT-R. This package develops no less than 1,602 all-wheel horsepower with a maximum torque of 1,152 lb-ft out of the GT-R’s 3.8-liter, twin-turbo engine. By comparison, the previous GT-R Alpha 12 was developed a total of 1,318 horsepower and 1,014 lb/ft of torque.

The new Alpha Omega package hasn’t even officially been announced, but it has already smashed the quarter mile world record: it managed an impressive 8.6263 seconds with an exit speed of 173.8mph. AMS promises that they won’t stop there either!

Check out the videos attached to see just what this insane Nissan GT-R can do!

UPDATE 04/06/2012: Apparently, 221 mph in a mile wasn’t good enough, so the AMS techs hopped back under the hood and cranked the boost to an insane 29.5 psi. This put the Nissan GT-R at an intense 1,250 wheel horsepower. After a mile the monster GT-R hits 233.1 and its driver Ivan seems ecstatic and starts fist pumping in the car.

Obviously the GT-R didn’t like Ivan taking the credit, so after catching a dip in the runway, the rear of the GT-R lifts up and slings itself sideways, sending its pilot into a deadly 200+ mph slide. At that point we were thinking that a farewell story to this power GT-R was in order, but somehow Ivan manages to calmly keep this monster in check and keeps it from completely spinning out of control.

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2011 Nissan GT-R Alpha 12 by AMS Performance

2011 Nissan GT-R Alpha 12 by AMS Performance

One of Japan’s greatest sports cars, the Nissan GT-R, has been the subject of countless aftermarket programs. That being said, it shouldn’t be surprising that one more company is preparing arguably the most powerful GT-R project we’ve seen in recent time.

AMS Performance is no stranger to working with Godzilla, having most recently produced the insane Alpha 10 program that netted the GT-R with 1,100 horsepower. This time, the company’s upping the ante once again with the new Alpha 12 program that takes the GT-R’s output from 1,100 ponies all the way up 1,318 horsepower and 1,014 lb/ft of torque. Horses gone wild!

To make the car produce that much juice, AMS Performance took the GT-R’s 3.8-liter, twin-turbo engine and modified the system while also increasing its boost pressure. On top of that, AMS also went out and reinforced the block to ensure that the car’s engine could handle all the horses galloping underneath the hood.

The result is a car that can blast off from 60 mph to 130 mph in just 3.46 seconds while breaking a quarter-mile in just nine seconds at speeds in excess of 166 mph.

The full details of the car have yet to be revealed, but the company has released a couple of videos of the car hitting the track and performing some dyno tests to ensure that it makes the most out of its 1,318 horses.

UPDATE 08/02/2011: The Nissan GT-R Alpha 12 has just posted the fastest GT-R quarter mile in history, posting a time of 8.97 second a astonishing 169 miles an hour. Check out the video of this record breaking quarter mile run by clicking on the image above.

UPDATE 11/04/2011:: The new AMS Alpha 12 has just become the fastest R35 GT-R at the 2011 Texs Mile where it hit a top speed of 216.9mph. Check out the video by clicking on the image above.

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2010 Nissan GTR by Koenigseder

2010 Nissan GTR by Koenigseder

It takes a very secure car to roll around in an orange paint finish and not look completely outlandish and ridiculous. It takes power, style, and attitude to pull something like that off. Thankfully, for this Nissan GTR, the Austrian tuners Koenigseder knew which car to pick. This Nissan GTR wears this extravagant color quite well and now it has everything it needs to pull it off.

Koenigseder began their tuning program with the Nissan and threw in a body kit consisting of a front spoiler, side skirts, and a rear bumper with an integrated diffuser. A KW suspension was then added and the package was finished off with 21” black wheels and Yokohama Advan tires. Some ECU remapping, a new air filter, and a Titanium Akrapovic exhaust system brings this Godzilla up to 580hp. This allows the Nissan GTR to get to 124mph in just 9.8secs.

Pricing for this package has not been released, but unless it’s absolutely and ridiculously overpriced, we think this program is well worth the money it will take to turn your car into a sexy beast.

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2010 Nissan R35 GT-R R1k by Switzer

2010 Nissan R35 GT-R R1k by Switzer

The guys over at Switzer Performance are just plain genius. We don’t like playing favorites, but anyone who continuously attacks the engine of a vehicle and then transforms it into a road-kicking, exhaust-snarling monster is just plain great in our books.
That being said, Switzer must not have been content with their P700 and P800 packages because they felt the need to add another package on top of them. Called the R1K, this package starts off with a base P700 or P800 and then adds giant turbochargers and intercoolers, new injectors, ECU, cooling system, new exhaust system, and a new transmission. Adding these components to the stock 3.8L twin-turbo V6 engine brings out a staggering 951hp and 804Nm of torque. Some may be pessimistic about this type of performance, but those guys need to check out the two videos provided.

The price for this package is just under $60,000 and that includes the P700 or P800 package. Although this price may seem a little steep for a tuning package, we all have to remember the power this Nissan R35 GT-R can produce. We would happily pay the $60K and the cost of the racing fuel to get this baby to 1000hp. Of course, we may not survive, but we would die happy.

Check out some of the R1K package’s specs after the jump.

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2009 Nissan 370Z

2009 Nissan 370Z

When I found out that Top Speed would be getting a 2010 Nissan 370Z in our test fleet I was excited to say the least. I have been a Nissan fan since I found out about drifting and an owner for the last five years. You could say that I love Nissans. So although I had dreams of clutch kicking the new 332 HP VQ in the Z car, and run up and down the 6 speed gearbox, taking full advantage of the new Syncro RevMatch transmission that is said to be able to replace the need for heal-toe while down shifting. I am proud to say that the updated Z car is the first car I’ve ever gotten to take on the Top Speed Test Track. Unfortunately, being a first timer I could only muster up the courage to stand on the throttle at corner exit. I can confirm that the Nissan 370Z has no problem stepping the back end out.

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