These Are the Most Powerful Three-Cylinder Engines in New Cars
Gone are the days when three-cylinder engines were only meant for urban commutes. These engines were light and focused more on fuel efficiency than performance. However, things are changing, and with upsizing not an option anymore, thanks to stricter emission regulations, automakers are making the best they can with fewer cylinders and lower displacements. Companies don’t just offer them with forced induction now; they even pair them with electric motors and batteries to generate all the oomph possible. Believe it or not, there are a handful of high-performance three-cylinder engines that can blow larger engines out of the water.
This Video is Proof That Nissan Should Have Built the R390 GT1 Supercar
The R390 GT1 prototype seen in the video is the only specimen made for road use, before the development of the proper race cars. This Nissan supercar is one of the rarest cars in the world, but Nissan was initially planning to build a road-going car before the 1997 Le Mans entry. This right-hand-drive configured supercar was spotted in Italy for the 2022 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este show in May 2022.
Watch A German Family Performance Sedan Take On A Revered Japanese Sports Car And A V-12 Italian Supercar!
The ‘Carwow’ team is back with yet another drag race; this time involving three cars in their pinnacle performance trims, but very different from one another. The three-way bout included the BMW M5 CS, the Nissan GT-R Nismo, and the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ. I’m not spoiling the races here, but let’s just say all the cars had their moments to shine at some or the other point, thus making this a far from boring or a monotonous race. That’s always better than the one-way quashes, isn’t it?
This R36 Nissan GT-R Rendering Makes Us Crave For The Next-Gen Godzilla Even More!
The Nissan GT-R is a name that really needs no introduction, does it? The current-gen R35 is a little long in the tooth and fans of Godzilla have been asking for a new one forever now. Here’s Mat Watson from Carwow giving us a run down and what he thinks the next generation GT-R could look like.
A Nissan GT-R NISMO Shows It’s still Insanely Fast, Despite Its Age
The Nissan GT-R has one of the biggest cult followings of any car. The fact of the matter is, the current R35 generation has been around since 2007. That’s 15 years in production, which is two years longer than the R32, R33, and R34 production cycles combined. But while the R35 GT-R may not be aging as gracefully, it’s still insanely capable, and AutoTopNL finally managed to get a 2015 GT-R NISMO in order to put it through its paces, on the Autobahn.
The Nissan GT-R has been with us for more than 10 years now, and yet it still has plenty of life in it as numerous tuning companies haven’t stopped tinkering with the R35 as we know it. One such tuning company is Top Secret, which is selling its take on a 2011 Nissan GT-R Black Edition for ¥14,120,000 (around $122,284).
Can The Lamborghini Huracan Performante Beat A Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT And A Tuned Nissan GT-R?
When you talk about a supercar taking on a family SUV, you know who would win. But, when the SUV in question is a 640-horsepower Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT, things aren’t so obvious anymore. ‘Carwow’ uploaded a video of a Lamborghini Huracan Performante taking on a Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT and a surprise star next, which is a tuned Nissan GT-R. Do you think the Lamborghini would’ve made short work of both its rivals?
Drag Battle Of The Titans: 1570 HP Nissan GT-R Vs 1600 HP Porsche 911 Turbo S
Today’s dose of drag racing comes from the YouTube channel Officially Gassed where some of the craziest modified cars (and sometimes bikes) go head to head, to see who’s the fastest. It’s always interesting to see what the car scene is like in different parts of the world and here we have the U.K.’s fastest Porsche 911 Turbo versus one of the U.K.’s fastest Nissan GT-Rs, both of which pushing around 1,600 horsepower.
Watch This 3,900-Horsepower Drag Race Between a Nissan GT-R, Audi R8, And a McLaren 720S
High-horsepower drag races are always a thrill to watch. Even more so to participate in, but instead, I am sitting here writing about it. In any case, it’s always interesting to see which drivetrain layout is best at a certain power level, and once again, Carwow happily obliges. In this case, we have three cars with over 1,000 horsepower that differ in the way they deliver power to the ground – a Nissan GT-R, Audi R8, and a McLaren 720S.
When An F1 Car Takes On A Tuned Lamborghini Huracan and a Tuned Nissan GT-R, It’s Nothing But Chaos!
The folks at Carwow uploaded yet another drag racing video, but this time threw an unusual contender in the mix against two supercars. The Lamborghini Huracan and the Nissan GT-R are pit against a Formula 1 car on the drag strip! To make sure things aren’t lopsided, the Huracan and the GT-R are tuned to make 1,200- and 1,300 horses combined! Do they stand a chance against the F1 car?
2021 Nissan GT-R Nismo Special Edition (Japan Only)
The current Nissan GT-R is one of the oldest cars on sale in the US, but Nissan doesn’t seem to care. In fact, the Japanese carmaker has taken the wraps off a Special Edition version dedicated exclusively to Japan. We also know that a new-generation GT-R is under development, so is this the swan song we’ve all been waiting for?
1997 Nissan R390 GT1
When we talk about legendary Nissan cars, the first one to come to mind is always the GTR, also known as “Godzilla”. Other significant models of the brand include the Silvia and Fairlady Z models, but there is one more that has largely been forgotten – the R390. Skyline’s heritage and success largely overshadowed anything else the brand came up with. In addition, the 1990s spawned many great supercars, one of which the McLaren F1. Whether that’s the reason for the Nissan R390’s fall into obscurity, these are all the important facts you want to know about Nissan’s mid-engine supercar.
The BMW M5 and Nissan GT-R Try to Tame a Ducati Panigale V4R in a Drag Race for the Ages
A heavily tuned BMW M5 Competition and Nissan GT-R would make for a tremendous race. Both models are already revered for their performance capabilities, but when you throw in the element of the aftermarket world into the mix, well, let’s just say that fireworks are expected.
We get to see these two heavy hitters in that environment courtesy of Carwow, but this particular race isn’t just between the M5 Competition and the GT-R. A third participant is involved, and it’s one of the most feared two-wheeled killers in the market: the Ducati Panigale V4R. This is a three-vehicle competition, and the stakes just went to the next level. Does the Panigale V4R have a chance against a heavily tuned M5 Competition and a souped-up Godzilla or is it going to fall flat on its face?
Hey, Nissan, Make This the New GT-R, Will You?
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.
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 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.
When you think about supercars and Nismo at that same time, the 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo is probably what crosses your mind. And, why shouldn’t it? It pumps out 600 horsepower, 481 pound-feet of torque, and can hit 60 mph in 2.9 seconds. When you really look at the bottom line, Nismo is basically taking an established car from Nissan, and tweaking it to perfection. What if, however, Nismo took a different approach and built its own car from scratch? In a recent interview with TopGear.com Nissan’s chief product specialist, Hiroshi Tamura, said it may be a reality someday.
“Nismo is still a baby brand” said Tamura. “And, that baby needs protection. So not yet, but some day… Yes.” When asked about a Nismo-built supercar, Bob Laishley – Nismo’s program director – has also agreed that it’s a possibility saying, “I would like to aspire to that.”
Of course, at this point, the idea of a supercar designed from the ground up by Nismo is nothing more than an idea. There sure is hope, though. Plus, given the responses from the powers that be within Nismo, it’s probably safe to say it will happen eventually. The biggest question is whether or not Nismo’s customer base will actually be receptive to the idea. Nismo is a performance and motorsport division of Nissan, so building its own vehicle might fall too far out of the norm for some people to handle.