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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
If it looks like a 370Z and it sounds like a 370Z, then it must be a 370Z. In Japan, Nissan has used historically the Fairlady name on its sports cars, including the entire line on Z cars. So, its the same car as the U.S., it just has the steering wheel on the other side. Just like in the U.S. this marks the 40th anniversary of the Z car.
The new Fairlady Z’s enhanced performance characteristics are a result of its shorter wheelbase, reduced weight and the adoption of the larger, more powerful VQ37VHR 3.7-liter V6 engine. It also offers the world’s first 6-speed manual transmission with synchronized rev control or a newly developed 7-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift mode. The combination of more horsepower, new transmissions and a refined suspension helps the Fairlady Z deliver the superior acceleration, cornering and stopping capabilities expected of a true world-class sports car.
The VQ37VHR engine delivers 332 hp at at 7000 rpm and maximum torque of 270 lbs-ft at 5200 rpm. Combining power with ease of driving, this remarkable engine accelerates effortlessly and smoothly all the way to the high-speed range.
For those of you who live in USA, check the article about the 370Z.
Press release after the jump.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced that the new Note compact car will go on sale at dealers throughout Japan beginning on January 16. Since the original Note’s debut in January 2005, it has garnered customer accolades for its quick acceleration, quiet and comfortable driving manner, comfortable roomy interior and convenient double-decker multi-configurable trunk.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced the release of the new Fuga luxury sedan, which went on sale at dealers across Japan today. Since its debut in 2004, the Fuga has been highly praised by customers for its exceptional performance, class-leading interior roominess and a variety of luxurious interior trim options. The new Fuga takes each attribute to a new and higher level.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today launched nationwide sales of a new, revised Fairlady Z with a more powerful, next-generation engine, refined hood and new exterior and interior color availability.
Leading the changes to the new Fairlady Z is Nissan’s new VQ35HR engine with nearly 80% of major parts redesigned, providing improved acceleration and overall power for enhanced driving pleasure.
The exterior styling continues the Fairlady Z heritage, with the new hood design closely resembling that (...)