NISMO Will Make your R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R As Good As New (Literally)
For various and completely justified reasons, most cars from the 1980s and 1990s don’t enjoy the collectible status of their counterparts from the 1960s and 1970s. But some cars from the period have become increasingly more popular since 2000, especially Japanese models like the Toyota Supra, Nissan Skyline GT-R, and Honda NSX.
Some carmakers took notice of this trend and Honda started a restoration program for the NSX in Japan. Now, Nissan is doing the same for the iconic R32 Skyline, with the Nismo division handling a restoration program that will turn a beat-up car into a brand-new one.
Nissan has made the Japan-only Note e-Power Nismo even faster than before, with the new Note e-Power Nismo S. That “S” entails it has some extra power thanks to a boost in its electric output.
The Note e-Power Nismo, as its name suggests, is a Nismo-tuned version of the already existing Note e-Power and the Nismo S is one additional tier above. It features not only a power boost over the regular Note e-Power, but also gets a reinforced chassis as well as a much sportier suspension setup to transform its driving experience.
This extra performance is also mirrored in the way it looks, with new red-accented bumpers and side skirts and obligatory Nismo S badges front and rear - on the sides; the e-Power badge is displayed instead. According to Nissan, the car should provide “exhilarating acceleration,” while at the same time also being quiet and is touted as a new kind of Nismo experience.
In order to avoid confusion - Nissan also sells non-electrified Nismo and Nismo S versions of the Note, alongside the electrified ones. This new model detailed here is the e-Power Nismo S, which is a range extender hybrid.
Nissan Prepares to Test Self-Driving Taxis In Japan in 2018
Another day, another development in the race to put autonomous driving technology on the road. The latest bit of news comes from Nissan, which announced plans to roll out an autonomous ride-sharing pilot program with tech partner DeNA. The public test will take place in the Minatomirai district in Yokohama, Japan.
The current iteration of the Nissan GT-R has been melting our hearts since 2007, but the GT-R’s story doesn’t just begin with the version that we get here in the States. Over in Japan, the GT-R’s got an even longer history that dates back to 1969, the year when the GT-R first entered the market, eventually becoming the forefather of the Skyline range. Forty-five years later, as of 2014, the GT-R has taken different forms, including the current iteration. As such, Nissan is celebrating this milestone by unveiling the GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition in Japan.
The GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition is based on the 2015 Nissan GT-R and will only be available in the model’s Premium trim. The upgrades on the model are pretty limited, too. That’s a little disappointing considering what Nissan could have added to the car if it really wanted to go overboard to celebrate its 45th anniversary.
Maybe it’s waiting for the 50th anniversary model to unleash all of its goodies? That’s an issue for another time, but the bottom line remains the same. Lack of changes notwithstanding, the GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition is still the same fire-breathing Godzilla we’ve all come to love. As sports cars go, it’s still one of the best in the world.
Sadly, the special-edition model is exclusive to its home market. Unless you live in Japan, you get no dibs on the 45 units Nissan plans to build to celebrate the GT-R’s 45th anniversary.
Updated 03/16/2015: Nissan announced that a total of 30 GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition units will make it to the U.S. market. It will be priced at $102,770 and, just like in Japan, will be offered with a special "Silica Brass" paint, plus a special gold-tone VIN plate located inside the engine compartment and a special commemorative plaque on the interior center console.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition.
Well, that was a bummer.
We’re not exactly sure how the whole Star Wars theme was adopted on this new package for the Nissan Juke, but considering that there are little to no hints of Storm Troopers in the crossover, you could say that the Japanese automaker may pulled a fast one on all of us through creative advertising.
There are still some noticeable upgrades to the Japan-exclusive 15RX Personalized Package - that’s what Nissan’s calling it - specifically the rather plump Passion Red and Night Veile Purple color options. Very rare do you see these two shades on the car, particularly the latter and it’s eggplant-like hue that gets a top grade from us. The sports stripes are also a nice touch, especially on a crossover that exudes attitude like the Juke. Contrasting mirror caps are also part of the package, as well as a new set of 17" aluminum wheels.
Inside, there’s not a lot to go by except for what looks like a two-tone upholstery that can be had in either a black-and-red combo or a black-and-grey variety. Other than that, the 15RX Personalized Package is a massive disappointment relative to what was teased with the involvement of the Storm Troopers. Coming off the heels of the ridiculously cool Dark Knight Rises Juke, this program just fell flat of our expectations.
But hey, if you like the new digs offered by the 15RX Personalized Package, we can’t blame you. All you need to do is shell out the ¥1,943,550 price tag ($19,950) attached to it.
Click past the jump to read about the Nissan Juke Dark Knight Rises Edition that had our hopes so high on this model
The popularity of the Nissan Juke came as a surprise to a lot of people. We’d like to think that Nissan knew what it had from the very beginning, but it’s hard to argue that even it couldn’t have expected the kind of traction the funky crossover has achieved in the short time that it’s been around.
The Juke’s popularity has even translated to a number of special edition models, including the Juke-R, the Juke Nismo, and arguably most peculiar, the Juke Dark Knight Rises Edition.
The Dark Knight Rises Edition, in particular, ushered in a new approach that Nissan is once again taking advantage of with another unique movie franchise collaboration.
Set to be unveiled on the 26th of August, Nissan went ahead and teased the Juke Star Wars Edition.
Mercifully, the automaker didn’t use Jar Jar Binks in the teaser, opting for the far cooler Storm Troopers to drop hints on what we can expect when the Juke Star Wars Edition breaks cover tomorrow.
As somebody who grew up loving the franchise, this is one car that I’m getting giddy just imagining what it’d look like. Fortunately, the wait won’t be that long of a wait.
Click past the jump to watch the teaser video of the Nissan Juke Star Wars Edition
Nissan’s press conference regarding the current state and future of its in-house performance division, NISMO, was eye-opening for a multitude of reasons.
But the most important part of the whole thing, at least in our eyes, is the announcement made by Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn regarding the possibility of a Nismo edition being built for the company’s flagship supercar, the GT-R.
Well, Ghosn put all the rumors to rest at the official opening of the new Nismo global headquarters and development center in Yokohama, Japan. "It would be unthinkable for us to develop a range of Nismo road cars without including the GT-R," Ghosn said during the press conference.
"The standard road car is a global supercar and the GT-R’s performance on track reflects the passion and talents of the Nismo team. The GT-R Nismo will be special and I can’t wait to drive it."
Well, there you have it, fellas. The Nissan GT-R will get a Nismo version and Carlos Ghosn, as well as the entire population we imagine, "can’t wait to drive it."
No details were released regarding any specs or figures, but the automaker did say that the model will be based on the 2014 GT-R and is scheduled to hit dealerships in a year’s time.
"We know that enthusiasts around the world will be itching to know more about the forthcoming GT-R Nismo," Nismo president Shoichi Miyatani explained.
"It’s too preliminary to share any details yet, but fans can be certain we’ll be applying all of our motorsport expertise to creating a GT-R Nismo worthy of the name."
And with that, expectations for the GT-R Nismo just went through the roof.
We first brought to everyone’s attention that our favorite National Geographic show, “Megafactories,” was going to do a full-on documentary on Japan’s resident supercar, Godzilla itself, the Nissan GT-R.
It was a long wait, but now the episode has finally aired and we can now let out a gasp of excitement. “Megafactories” has always been a hot ticket on our TV-viewing schedules, in large part due to their penchant for featuring some of the hottest exotic cars on the planet.
The GT-R is no different and the show did a pretty nice job of taking its viewers on a behind-the-scenes look at how Godzilla is born. No, we’re not talking about some deep crevice in the earth where the giant fire-spewing monster lays her eggs. We’re talking about Nissan’s facility in Tochigi, Japan, the site where the GT-R is built, and perhaps, after watching this video, the site where we’re going to find ourselves at in the event we end up going to Japan.
Check out the video in its entirety. It’s over 40 minutes long, but rest assured, it’s 40 minutes well spent.
Long before the Nissan GT-R wreaked havoc on the roads and earned its nickname, Godzilla, its predecessor was considered one of the most important cars in Nissan’s history. It was one that paved the way for a generation of drivers to, in their own words, "chooses the path of racing.”
Ever since the Skyline and the GT-R names were split, which led to the complete disappearance of the former in favor of the latter, not a lot of people have given the Nissan Skyline its due credit as one of the fiercest cars in the 1960’s.
In this video, we take a stroll down memory lane to reacquaint ourselves with how the legend of the Skyline was born all the way back to the 1964 Suzuka Grand Prix. This is where the earliest models of the Skyline, then a relative unknown model built by Prince Motor Company, took the fight to the most supreme machine of them all, the Porsche 904 Carrera GTS.
No, the Skyline didn’t win that particular race, but what it did was serve notice to just about everyone that this was a car that meant serious business.
We’re not gonna spoil you any more info from the mini-documentary because no amount of words will do justice to seeing the video for yourself.
We do our best to keep you in the loop when it comes to new and cool developments in the automotive world. One of the hottest topics going right now in the U.S. is automated driving. Though it is still several decades away from being a national reality, although some states are legalizing autonomous cars, we are still seeing some progress. The leader in this technology to date in the U.S. is the Google Prius, but other automakers - such as Cadillac and Ford - sniffing around the automated car sector.
In Japan, however, they are taking the bull by the horns and setting up an outline for national implementation of an autonomous driving system. According to a report from Tech-On, the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MLIT) is starting to piece together how to make automated driving a reality in as little as eight years.
Starting immediately, the MLIT will start piecing together the problems related to automated driving and neatly package it in an interim report that is due for release in March of 2013. Some of the issues at hand have to include: driver attentiveness, driver override ability, handling of accidents, and infrastructure development.
The MLIT has already employed the help of Toyota, Nissan, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (A.K.A. Subaru), Honda, and Mazda in this project. Heading up the entire team is Yasuo Asakura, a professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology.
For now, this is all just talk and we will see if anything ever comes of it. If this is actually a serious deal, it could drastically accelerate the timeframe that we in the industry have set for automated cars. We will keep a close eye on this situation and update you if any new details come up. Until then, enjoy your steering wheel, while you still can.
Nissan’s in-house tuning division, Nismo, has been busy the past few months rolling out performance tuned concepts one after another. We’ve already seen the Juke Nismo Concept, the 370Z Nismo Concept, and the Leaf Nismo Concept a few months ago.
Now, it’s the Nissan Micra’s turn.
Unveiled at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon, the Micra Nismo comes packed with some appealing aerodynamic modifications that’s right in line with what the Juke and Leaf had.
On the outside, the Micra Nismo comes with a bolder styling that’s a far departure from the mild-mannered look of the standard model. It has a modified front grille, a redesigned door mirror design, a new rear lip spoiler, and a slew of other aerodyamic parts that adds an aggressive tone to the little hatchback. Just like the Juke Nismo Concept, the Micra Nismo was given a Pearl White paint finish with matching red highlights. Inside, Nismo also added and modified a few more amenities, including new sports seats, a custom steering wheel, and a dash of high-quality interior trim.
Then there’s the performance enhancements. Despite not releasing any figures for the car, Nismo wasn’t unabashed in saying that the Micra Nismo comes with a lowered suspension, as well as getting fitted with new light alloy wheels wrapped in high-performance tires.
Ever since the Nissan GT-R was born in 2008, the car known as Godzilla has raced with just about every other supercar in the world. But one car that the Japanese supercar has failed to go head-to-head with is, ironically enough, its own.
Japanese car show, BestMotor TV, has decided that if Godzilla were to meet its match, why not race it against two more of its kind. That’s right; it’s a triple-threat Nissan GT-R throw down!
The three cars are actually three model years of the Japanese supercar - the 2010MY, the 2012MY, and the 2013MY. Looking at the numbers alone, you could already make a case for the 2013 GT-R to be a step ahead of its older brothers - it has 550 horsepower compared to the 530 ponies of the 2012MY and 485 horses of the 2010MY.
All that being said, it still makes for a fascinating watch, especially when you consider yourself a fan of this fire-spewing, competition-trampling Japanese monster.
The 2011 Toyko Auto Salon was held back in January and somehow this doozy of a car slipped through the cracks. Built off of a 2000 Nissan Silvia, the Lightning Strikes Racing Edition gets taken to a much better place with a bright blue exterior paint job, a monstrous power upgrade, and a spectacular widebody kit.
The original Nissan Silvia was powered by an SR20DET engine prepped with an output of 250 HP. Once JUM Lightning popped the hood and worked their magic, that same engine was able to produce 180 HP more, leaving the grand total at 430 HP at 7000 rpm and 398 lb-ft of torque at 5800 rpm! Finishing the engine work is a 6speed gearbox from Nismo GT-LSD.
As for the exterior, JUM Lightning matched the aggressiveness of the engine with a full on widebody kit and an Aragosta Suspension System that was specifically tuned for the FUJI Speedway. The kit is made from dry carbon fiber to support large forces and includes a front bumper, side bumper, a flow rate mounted on the bonnet, and a new set of wheels. Final touches comes as a full titan exhaust manifold, Sparco seats, and Brembo brakes.
For all intents and purpose, this full body kit for the Nissan 350Z looks pretty cool, although there might be a little confusion on the front bumper. Anyone else think it looks remarkably similar to the Mansory Porsche Panamera? We don’t know if it’s a coincidence or not, but we’re prepared to let it pass.
The work on this 350Z was done by WEBER Sports, which introduced the car at the Tokyo Auto Salon earlier this year. It’s chalked loaded with a full body kit that includes the aforementioned front bumper, a new bonnet with air ducts, side sills, a rear wing, a rear bumper, an under duct center, and plenty of carbon fiber components to go around.
All things considered, the whole kit looks awesome on the 350Z, arguably one of the most underrated Japanese sports cars in recent time. While there are some items that leave a lot to be desired - the front bumper being one of them - the overall treatment given by WEBER Sports on the sports car makes it an eye-catching piece of metal orange fire ball.
Last week, the guys from GT-R Blog brought the first details of the 2012 Nissan GT-R. Today they are offering new details on the future sports car, but this time, the details surround the Spec-M version.
According to the blog, the R35 GT-R “Gentleman’s Edition” will be launched as the Nissan GT-R Egoist on the Japanese market. We have no idea why they would do this, but the name does sound pretty cool. However, this nomenclature will only be used on the Japanese market, the other markets will be keeping the usual Spec-M version.
The current Nissan GT-R develops a total of 520 HP, but the 2012 GT-R Egoist is rumored to be boasting an output of 540 HP. Add that black exterior paint and the gold wheels, and you have the perfect recipe for an amazing sports car!
The 2012 Nissan GT-R will come with a modified front bumper, rear diffuse, and rear underspoiler, offering 10% more downforce. There will also be modifications made to the suspensions, brakes, wheels, and tires.
The Nissan GT-R is a car that made sensation ever since its official launch. And with the New-Spec unveiled recently it seemed that it needed no improvement. But Nismo announced it will unveil a special edition built for the Japanese market.
It will be called "Club Track Edition" and as you might have guessed it was designed with the race-track in mind. It features a stripped out interior, racing seats, six-point seatbelt, a roll cage and 20" Rays forged wheels from the SpecV only wrapped in sticky slicks. Nismo is also offering adjustable Bilstein suspension.
Joining the Chevy Volt dance in the annals of worst PR and marketing moves in the history of mankind is Nissan with its own dance video to promote the Nissan Roox.
In fairness to Nissan, this type of kooky promotional advertising is rampant in Japan so we can’t fault them for that. And hey, even if the whole thing looks like it belongs in Sesame Street, we have to give it up to the black rabbit completely thugging it up.
Take note GM. If you’re going to do something like this, bringing in furry woodland creatures to juke and jive in your dance video may lessen the impact of embarrassing yourselves, because, hey, at least that was funny.
Nissan completely redesigned the Skyline model when they introduced the GT350 back in 2001. Gone was the classic boxy shape of the 1990s models which gave way to a 350Z inspired curvilinear Infiniti G35. The luxury car was well appointed and like all of Nissan’s VQ35 powered vehicles, the new Skyline had an exhaust note to die for. The next update for the R35 Skyline came in 2006 when Nissan’s engineers sharpened up the design and bumped displacement up to 3.7 Liters for the world renowned V6 engine. Although the current Infiniti G37 is still a very attractive sports car, the now classic two swoop shape is due for a major update in preparation for the 2012 model year.
When the Japanese automaker unveiled the Infiniti Essence concept car at the Geneva motor Show, they were laying out the floor plan for their future model lineup both aesthetically and mechanically. So with no better inspiration for the future Skyline in sight, it would appear that the new Nissan Skyline could be the first production model to speak the Essence concept’s design language. However it is not expected to adopt the working show car’s hybrid drive train. Instead the 2012 Skyline will feature a 3.7 literV6 to produce a total of around 450 HP. However we won’t find out any time soon because Nissan is rumored to be preparing a Skyline Coupe prototype for the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show with a production version slated to go on sale in the 3rd quarter of 2012.
Those of us who can’t wait for the Tokyo Motor Show to open its doors in a week’s time, here’s a video that can satiate our appetites for the time being.
The video walk-around features a number of cars that will be unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show. Among those included in the video are the Toyota FT-86 Concept, the Honda CR-Z Hybrid Concept, the Nissan Leaf EV, the Mitsubishi PX-MiEV, and the Mazda Kiyora.
Now if you’re the type that can understand Japanese, then you’re in luck; you’ll be able to understand the video from beginning to end. But if you’re like a lot of us that don’t speak nor understand the language, then we can just admire the cars while not paying attention to the voice-over. Don’t worry, it can be done.
Lately we have been showing you what the Japanese tuner Top Secret can do when they want to build a signature one off automobile that changes the way enthusiasts think about cars. Well this is a perfect example of Nagata-san working his magic on a car that changes the way we think about the tuning industry. This is the R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R based Competizione R built for a private customer. Originally the owner wanted a daily driver that could still tear up a drag strip or embarrass the competition on the wangan, but after many years of being a GT-R owner was infected with the track day bug, and the Competizione R once again underwent a complete transformation.
It has taken seven years for the Competizione R to become the dark gray blue pearl vehicle you see before you. While it used to wear a Top Secret body kit, the front end has been replaced with a full Nismo front end. This is made up of a Nismo Z-tune front bumper and flared fenders as well as a Nismo R-tune dry carbon hood while the wet carbon front lip from Top Secret has remained. The side skirts are from Do-Luck and have been molded into the new wings. Out back there is a Nismo dry carbon adjustable lip made to work with the Top Secret diffuser and vortex generator. and the stock GT-R spoiler has been lowered out of the slipstream using a set of custom Top Secret mounts.
The heart of the beast, Nissan’s iron block RB26DETT has been increased in size thanks to an HKS 2.8 Liter stroker kit and in an interesting move, the engine original had a pair of reasonably large GT3037S turbochargers while now it makes use of smaller GT2835Rs for their quicker spool up and ability to make more power down low where the owner wanted it for the track. The little black box in front of the engine is an HKS V-Cam Pro; this system gives the RB26 variable cam control on the intake side, which makes more power at every RPM. The compressed air is fed into the engine through a Nismo GT plenum, the same item that was used on the old R34 JGTC racecars. The package has been tuned to make a much more track friendly 700 HP. Keeping the Competizione R going in a straight line down the front stretch at Fuji Speedway is an adjustable Nitron Pro racing suspension from the U.K. combined with a host of highly adjustable Ikeya Formula suspension links that allow the suspension to be fine tuned.
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Have you ever lusted after Japanese sports cars? Only to be disappointed by the manufacturers not offering them for sale here in the U.S. Although a little unconventional, you can still get your hands on these high-performance machines. Thanks to companies like PicknBuy24 us Americans can take advantage of the Japanese government’s dislike for old cars (they tax the heck out of old cars to promote the sale of newer models) and pick them up at almost ridiculous discounts. For example: this R32 Skyline GT-R would look be perfect next to my turbocharged 240SX and at only $7200 plus shipping makes this early 90’s super car fit any budget.
In Europe and USA it is known as the Infiniti EX, but on the Japanese market it will be sold under the Nissan logo. Sales will begin later this summer.
The Nissan Skyline Crossover is powered by a VQ37VHR engine with VVEL technology mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift mode.
Press release after the jump.