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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

The GT-R hasn’t changed much since its introduction in 2009. It still utilizes the 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 and powers all four wheels through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. Nissan has boosted engine output, revised details on the exterior’s design, and changed a handful of other talking points over the years, helping to keep Japan’s halo car in the forefront of “affordable supercar” list, but car has yet to get a major update.

Rumors have circled suggesting the next-generation GT-R is still on the drawing board. Nissan even confirmed this, saying it’s “more than two years away.” That puts the current GT-R on the spot to uphold its iconic name.

As you can imagine, it does that job just fine. The GT-R continues to impress with its performance characteristics and outright force of acceleration. Sixty mph is reached in three seconds flat and its top speed is eight mph short of 200. The quarter mile happens 11.2 seconds at 125 mph, while braking from 70 mph happens in 151 feet. Impressive indeed

But is the current car enough to keep buyers interested?

Sure, Nissan offers the GT-R NISMO, but even the NISMO is showing its age. It is, after all, just a higher-spec trim that offers more performance capabilities out of the same vehicle.

Regardless, I had the chance to sample a 2016 Nissan GT-R. Decked out in its Premium trim, the car came well equipped. Let’s take a look.

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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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2014 Nissan GT-R: Driven

2014 Nissan GT-R: Driven

The 2014 Nissan GT-R is the flagship of the Nissan brand and represents one of the greatest price-to-performance bargains of all time. Thanks to a 545 horsepower engine, a quick-shifting dual-clutch transmission and an advanced all-wheel drive system, the GT-R has set multiple track records for production cars around the world.

Despite its ability to blitz most Ferraris and Lamborghinis around a track, the GT-R carries a price that is less than half those competitors.

Nissan has even tried to infuse a large dose of day-to day livability by giving the GT-R four seats and a large trunk.

But where did Nissan sacrifice to keep the price down? Can it match the more expensive competitors in refinement, comfort or technology? I spent 10 days and more than 1,600 miles behind the wheel to figure out if the newest version of Nissan’s ultimate sports car is everything it seems to be.

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2014 Nissan GT-R DT1200R by Garage D

2014 Nissan GT-R DT1200R by Garage D

Just when you thought that the Nissan GT-R couldn’t be more awesome, British tuner Garage D built a program that really turns Godzilla into a full-blown mega monster.

It’s arguably one of the most impressive programs for the GT-R and that might even be a safe assessment. Don’t be fooled by the seeming absence of aero upgrades because Garage D’s work is solely devoted to turning the Nissan supercar’s engine into a mind-blowing piece of performance engineering.

It was a comprehensive program and its numbers really do back it up. After Garage D was done with it, this GT-R was capable of hitting 1,200 horsepower, which allowed it to cross the quarter-mile mark in an astonishing 9.450 seconds while blasting along at speeds in excess of 164 mph.

Even more impressive, the GT-R can cover one mile in 22.528 seconds at a top speed of 230 mph. Totally bonkers, we tell ya.

But here’s the most impressive part: this 1,200-horsepower GT-R is completely street legal, which means that you can run around the roads, flex your muscles, and blast off leaving everyone eating your dust.

That’s what a 1,200-horsepower GT-R is capable of doing. And we should all thank Garage D for making it possible.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Nissan GT-R

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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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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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2014 Nissan GT-R Special Edition

2014 Nissan GT-R Special Edition

The Nissan GT-R has been the subject of special edition models recently with the Track Edition and the Gentleman Edition making headlines in the past couple of months.

But Nissan apparently isn’t done rolling out the "special edition" carpet on Godzilla, as highlighted by the latest GT-R bearing that monicker.

This is the creatively named GT-R Special Edition, limited to only 100 units worldwide — 50 units in the U.S. — making it a real must-have for any GT-R aficionado anywhere.

So what makes this particular Nissan beast different from the others with the same designation? For starters, the name says it all. It carries an exclusive Midnight Opal body color that you’re not going to find anywhere else. Nissan says the finish on the surface "sparkles like a jewel" and the color changes depending on lighting conditions and viewing angle.

The model also features a dry carbon-fiber rear spoiler that enhances aerodynamic stability, a new set of highly rigid, lightweight forged-aluminum wheels that come with an eye-catching hyper-titanium coating, and a gold model number plate located within the engine compartment to emphasize its exclusivity.

You can pickup the GT-R Special Edition for $105,590, which is a $6,000 increase over the GT-R Premium. It will hit select Nissan dealers starting in September 2013.

Whichever way you slice it, the Nissan GT-R Special Edition deserves that distinction. And then some.

Click past the jump to read about the Nissan GT-R Track Edition and the Nissan GT-R Gentleman’s Edition

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2014 Nissan GT-R Gentleman Edition

2014 Nissan GT-R Gentleman Edition

"Gentleman Edition" might be a weird name to call a special-edition model, let alone one with the unbridled fury of a 2014 Nissan GT-R, but that’s what Nissan is calling it.

The GT-R Gentleman Edition.

Odd name choice notwithstanding, the GT-R Gentleman Edition is very limited, as only 10 of these babies will be made. No more. No less.

It’ll only be sold in France, which is a bummer, but for those lucky enough to get one, you get the treat of a limited run GT-R that that’s slotted just above the Black Edition, of which its equipment is based on.

As for the car itself, the GT-R Gentleman Edition only comes in an equally limited Grey Squale finish to go with an amber red leather interior. The latter, in particular, also boasts of hand-sewn seats, as well as more leather coverings on the gear shifter knob, lever gaiter, handbrake, door panels, and table passenger-side edge.

More than just a fancily dressed GT-R, the Gentleman Edition also comes with some special add-ons, including: a special bag, glasses case and covering pockets that are stitched in leather.

Finally, specific identification titanium can be found on the front fender while a numbered customizable titanium placard is displayed on the dashboard just to show everyone that this car is only 1 of the 10 Gentleman Edition GT-R models Nissan is building.

Click past the jump to read more about the Nissan GT-R

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2013 Nissan GT-R "Goliath" by Switzer Performance

2013 Nissan GT-R "Goliath" by Switzer Performance

Any time a tuning company decides that a program deserves to have its own teaser, you know it’s preparing a showstopper. And naming that said program "Goliath" only adds to the hype.

That’s what we have now from Switzer Performance, the US-based Nissan GT-R aftermarket specialist, as it recently released an interesting teaser of its program for the Japanese supercar. The package is being touted as the Goliath, and fittingly enough, it carries itself like one with improved performance credentials that are expected to peak at 1,500 horsepower at a shade over 7,000 rpm.

So, how was Switzer able to fit all of those ponies in the GT-R’s 3.8-liter V-6 engine? Surprisingly enough, it did this by using tested and proven parts like intercoolers, plumbing, and the exhaust hardware and modifying them in such a way as to be able to handle the massive uptick in output.

We expect Switzer to divulge more info about the Goliath GT-R in the coming weeks. We’re pretty sure that with a program like this, there’s more to the Goliath than having 1,500 horsepower. At the very least, we expect some exterior mods that’ll do justice to the name it’s been given.

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2013 Nissan GT-R Stage 3 by Jotech Motorsport

2013 Nissan GT-R Stage 3 by Jotech Motorsport

We’ve seen what Jotech Motorsports can do when it puts its Stage 2 and Stage 5 kits on a Nissan GT-R. This time around, the tuning specialists have released details on its Stage 3 upgrade for Godzilla.

It’s not as powerful as the ungodly Stage 5 program, but the Stage 3 kit does have some pretty interesting additions for the GT-R. Two of these upgrades that bear strong interest are bolt-on turbo programs that come from either HKS or GReddy. The latter, in particular, also comes with a GReddy XL Intercooler kit, which also features a polished-aluminum piping, GReddy Type RS blow-off valves with all fittings and hardware coming as part of the program.

Whatever turbo kit you choose to have installed, Jotech will wrap them with DEI turbo blankets, ensuring superior performance credentials for the Japanese supercar.

In addition, Jotech was able to accomplish higher output with some help from a Cobb AccessPort #006 with TCM capability with the supercar’s fuel system now receiving 1,000 cc injectors, a pair of HKS twin fuel pumps, and HKS Iridium Spark Plugs.

With all those upgrades in tow, the GT-R can now hit in excess of 700 horsepower on 93-octane fuel. Any which way you slice it, that’s a lot of juice for a supercar that already packs a wallop in its standard configuration.

A set of HRE Series S101 wheels were also added to the program, rounding out a program for this red Nissan GT-R that was actually tuned by Jotech for Dallas Cowboys safety Gerald Sensabaugh.

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2013 Nissan GT-R Aloof 01-R Version 2.0 by Abflug

2013 Nissan GT-R Aloof 01-R Version 2.0 by Abflug

This program isn’t exactly a new one, because Abflug already introduced the Aloof 01-R program for the GT-R some years back. For this particular model, it was important to call it Version 2.0 because it really is a new version of the company’s Aloof program on the 2013 GT-R.

Decked with a comprehensive list of exterior, interior, and performance modifications, the Aloof 01-R Version 2.0 program for the GT-R is a real treat, both in the eye and in the pedals. The exterior modification are made up of a slew of new components, including a new front and rear bumper, a dry-carbon roof and upper spoiler, side skirts, a rear over fender, and a rear diffuser. Rounding out the exterior modifications is a set of 20-inch Abflug Prism III wheels wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero tires. When it’s all put together on the GT-R, the end result looks downright saucy.

As for the interior, everything looks to be the same except for the seats, which have been replaced with sportier versions from Bride Zeta. Ho-hum on that end.

As for performance, Abflug collaborated with fellow aftermarket tuner Pentroof to give Godzilla improved firepower. Thanks to the latter’s ECU remap system, the GT-R’s 3.8-liter VR38DETT now boasts 634 horsepower, an increase of 101 horsepower from the standard model’s 542-horsepower output. In addition to the performance mod, Pentroof also gave the GT-R a new set to springs and brakes, as well as other suspension improvements.

Look out for the Abflug-tuned Nissan GT-R Aloof 01-R Version 2.0 at the Tokyo Auto Salon this coming January!

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2013 Nissan GT-R "Year of the Dragon" by Vilner

2013 Nissan GT-R "Year of the Dragon" by Vilner

When Vilner promotes itself as one of the finest interior tuners in the industry, there’s not a shred of exaggeration in their voices.

Their latest program for the Nissan GT-R certainly validates all those claims. See, it’s not enough to dress up Godzilla’s interior but for this particular model, they went the Asian route and upgraded the interior with an homage to the Year of the Dragon.

The first order of business, apart from giving the exterior a matte white body finish, was drawing an actual dragon on the interior, which was then embroidered on both the roof and the trunk of the GT-R. The meticulous detail by which the dragon was embroidered owes itself to the kind of intricate details the Bulgarian is known for. As for the trunk, Vilner also dressed it up in Alcantara. Fanciness all around.

The dragon inside the cabin is pretty much drawn all over the interior. It winds around the seats, passes through the center console, and enhanced by the use of leather, black Alcantara, and black carbon leather.

The black and red combination on the dashboard, door panels, and the black console also adds an emphatic edginess to the overall look of the interior, while the use of carbon on the steering wheel and gear shifter and corresponding red chrome paint completes the rather intricate interior dress up.

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2010 - 2011 Nissan GT-R by Romeo Ferraris

2010 - 2011 Nissan GT-R by Romeo Ferraris

Romeo Ferraris is the kind of aftermarket tuner that you really don’t want to mess with. Instead of spending their hours giving their programs styling makeovers, the Italian tuner prefers to spend their time building performance upgrades. No flash here, fellas; just straight up, hardcore aftermarket performance improvements. Their latest program is for a car that really needs no introduction. Heck, it even has arguably the coolest nickname in the entire industry - "Godzilla," aka the Nissan GT-R.

Based on the 2010 and 2011 models of the Japanese super car, Romeo Ferraris prepared a two-stage performance kit for the almighty GT-R. The first stage of this impressive performance upgrade involves the removal of the car’s standard air filter and replacing with a new programmable module with three pre-set power settings - Normal, Sport and Race - that owners can set from their car’s steering wheel. What this does is improve the GT-R’s performance numbers from its 3.8-liter V6 engine from 485 horsepower to 525 horsepower for the 2010 model and from 530 horsepower to 576 horsepower for the 2011 model.

From there, Romeo Ferraris also came up with a Step 2 program, which now involves a new high-performance exhaust, a remapped ECU unit, and the aforementioned new air filter, rounding out an output that’s further increased to 570 horsepower for the 2010 model and 622 horsepower for the 2011 model.

Careful not to leave out any aero enhancements on the Japanese super car, the Italian tuner also provides aesthetic and aerodynamic upgrades, including carbon fiber aero components, a new set of alloy wheels, and a custom bespoke interior.

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2013 Nissan GT-R Ultimate Street Edition by Switzer

2013 Nissan GT-R Ultimate Street Edition by Switzer

A lot of people can become too solely infatuated with a car that produces 1,000 horsepower. But through all of this, it’s also important to understand that if a car packs that much power under its hood, certain compromises have to be made to ensure that it can deliver the kind of power it’s been given.

That’s why it’s no surprise that a lot of these 1,000-horsepower super cars are best left to be ridden on a race track than on an actual road.

Noted Nissan GT-R tuner Switzer Performance already has one of these models in its GT-R line-up - the R1K package - but now, the Oberlin, Ohio-based company has prepared a new program for Godzilla that comes packed with 1,000 ponies. It is also capable of being used as an everyday car. That’s right, you can have your cake and eat it too.

The vehicle is called the Ultimate Street Edition, and it’s without question, one of the meanest and road-friendly, 1,000-horsepower GT-R’s you can get.

In order to achieve that output while retaining its road capabilities, Switzer fitted the GT-R with a plethora of modifications, none more so than to the Japanese sports car’s VR38DETT 3.8-liter V6 engine, which is now capable of producing 1,000 horsepower on premium pump-gas. To gain all that horsepower, Switzer went to work on fitting the GT-R with Switzer-specific pistons, pins, rings, connecting rods, and specially-ground camshafts. The tuning firm also reprogrammed the ECU and added a stainless-steel performance exhaust, front mounted intercoolers, an upgraded cooling package, and a pair of liquid-cooled turbochargers that come with billet compressor wheels.

’Nano carbon’ brake pads are also being offered, as are Switzer’s lowering springs, a modified version of the car’s launch control set-up and, last but not least, a new set of lightweight alloy wheels.

"For people who want a 1000+ horsepower car that they can drive comfortably every day, to the track or the office or the grocery store, on the highway or in bumper-to-bumper traffic, we’ve built this car," says Tym Switzer, owner and founder of Switzer.

UPDATE 09/11/12: DRIVE’s Matt Farah knows a thing or two fast cars so when he was given an opportunity to get behind the wheel of Switzer’s Nissan GT-R Ultimate Street Edition, he wasted little time jumping at the opportunity. Check out what Farah has to say about the 1,000-horsepower Godzilla after the jump!

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2012 Nissan GT-R Stage Five by JoTech and HRE Wheels

2012 Nissan GT-R Stage Five by JoTech and HRE Wheels

If the Nissan GT-R can be criticized for one thing, it’s its styling. Sure, the GT-R may be one of the fastest accelerating and cornering cars on the planet, but it definitely doesn’t host those classic supercar lines which are typically the core ingredient that make a supercar what it is.

As we’re sure you know, the GT-R is significantly narrower and taller than anything offered by Ferrari, Lamborghini, and even Porsche (Cayenne excluded, obviously), but the bright-green pictured here does not conform with that rule in the slightest sense.

This 942 horsepower beast is one of the most customized GT-R’s out there, with the wide-body kit finally giving the GT-R the true supercar proportions it’s always needed. No details have been released about who created the wide wheel arches as it could have a custom one-off job by a fanatical owner, or a relatively mainstream tuner displaying their prowess of what could become a kit available to other GT-R owners.

What we can deduce however, is that its front splitter has been provided by Stillen, the extremely menacing exhaust pipes come from JoTech tuning, while the custom black wheels are obviously provided by HRE Wheels. What makes this particular GT-R stand out even more is the fact that it’s painted in Lamborghini’s ever-popular Verde Ithaca.

If anything can top off the incredible styling of this car it’s the fact that it has been fitted with the JoTech Stage 5 upgrade kit which includes a set of HKS GT800 GTII turbos delivering their power at the same time while a new exhaust manifold, 50mm wastegate, and the aforementioned exhaust pipes finish off this incredible upgrade.

Photo Credit: Pepper Perfect

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2012 Nissan GT-R by BenSopra

2012 Nissan GT-R by BenSopra

Japan is home to some of the world’s most exotic tuning companies and certainly, there are some that prop out of the woodwork now and then. Turns out, a new tuning company has just opened shop in Osaka, and they’re preparing a program for the almighty Nissan GT-R as their introduction into the world of tuning cars.

In its attempt to catch the tuning world’s attention, BenSopra is developing a ridiculous GT-R that’s bound to blow the roof off the Tokyo Auto Show in a few months time.

BenSopra is keeping full details of the car under wraps, although renderings of the project have made their way on the Web. As far as the aerodynamic kit is concerned, the BenSopra-tuned GT-R appears to have massive rear fenders and a new rear wing and diffuser, among other things.

For whatever extreme looks it possesses, the BenSopra-tuned GT-R is highlighted by what’s rumored to a massive engine upgrade that takes Godzilla’s output all the way up to 1,000 horsepower.

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2009 Nissan GT-R

2009 Nissan GT-R

Nissan today announced the launch of the Nissan GT-R, a new multi-dimensional performance machine that lives up to the concept of "an ultimate supercar for anyone, anywhere, at anytime". The Nissan GT-R features a newly developed Premium Midship package, including the world’s first independent transaxle 4WD developed independently by Nissan. The Nissan GT-R will be available in Japan mainly through Nissan High Performance Centers nationwide from December 6th.

Pricing of the 2009 Nissan GT-R will start from $69,850 for the Base model and $71,900 for the Premium model, which adds a standard Bose audio system, heated seats and side air bags.

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2007 Nissan (Skyline) GT-R preview

2007 Nissan (Skyline) GT-R preview

As one of the most famous supercars on the planet, the world-wide acclaimed R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R ceased production in 1999. With massive dealer demands and GT-R enthusiasts around the world calling for a successor at the 2001 Tokyo Motor Show Nissan unveiled the GT-R Concept confirming that the GT-R legend would live on. After two years of silence and a growing restless public, Nissan announced at the 2003 Tokyo Motor Show that the production GT-R will be released in 2007.

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