The 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon is just around the corner and and we are just twitching with excitement for the vehicles being displayed at the event, especially the new Nissan GT-R. We already know that Axell Auto is tuning up the star of the show with their own little package, but now we hear that Nissan and Nismo have joined together to bring a customized GT-R sports coupe specially developed for circuit driving to Tokyo as well. This new model is going to be called the Nissan NISMO GT-R RC and will be able to compete in various production races held around the world. Sweet!
The NISMO GT-R RC is based on the Nissan GT-R and features a slick tire-compatible suspension, lightweight components, and special safety equipment and devices. Among the safety equipment added is an FIA-approved welded roll cage, a 120-liter ATL safety fuel tank, and air jacks.
More details Nissan NISMO GT-R RC after the jump.
Over here in the good ol’ US of A, people are gearing up for one of the biggest auto shows of the year, the Detroit Auto Show, but spin the globe around and we’ll see that there is another show that deserves a good amount of attention as well. Over in Japan, the Tokyo Auto Salon will begin in less than a month to bring us some of the hottest tuned up machines we’ve seen, and the star of the show will obviously be the new Nissan GT-R.
Bringing the sports car to the forefront of the crowd is Axell Auto, a tuner who, until now, specializes in tuning Toyota van models. How they switched from vans to a beautiful sports car is beyond us, but we’ll take it anyway.
What they have done is prepared an extreme widebody kit for the new GT-R sports coupe. This kit will include new body panels, wider fenders, matching widebody Rear quarter panel fenders, a new rear bumper with a lot of vents and, of course, a new set of wheels. Currently the car is still under development, but these first couple of sketches leave us waiting in anticipation for the car’s Tokyo debut.
No engine updates have been announced as of yet, but maybe the tuner is waiting for the Tokyo Auto Show on January 14th to unleash that announcement. We can only hope.
The Japanese automaker Nissan has developed a new version of the GT-R sports car that takes full advantage of their in house motor sports division to create a special edition model for those who really wish to get the most out their day at the track with everybody’s favorite super car. The Nissan GT-R equipped with a Nismo Club Sports package will be unveiled at the 2010 Tokyo Auto Salon from January 15th thru the 17th. The Club Sports Package from Nissan Motor sports combines the already outstanding Nissan GT-R with a recently developed NISMO Data Logger Kit. This allows owners to download driving data via USB memory stick in order to review the information on their home computer. Thanks to the new data logger kit, Nismo is allowing GT-R owners to relive the exhilarating experience that comes with bringing Godzilla to the track and then extract everything last detail about throttle input and cornering forces from their day at the circuit and then improve. The only thing that Nismo won’t provide is a race engineer to lay it all out for you.
When it comes to the art of aftermarket styling, there are few tuning firms that can compete with Tommy Kaira. Especially when it comes to the Nissan GT-R, after all not many tuners can boast about building a $100,000 sports car based on the classic RB26 powered Skyline GT-R’s twin turbocharged straight six tuned to make around 550 HP, the ZZII. With the 2009 Auto Show circuit coming to a close, Tommy Kaira is already making plans for the 2010 Tokyo Motor Show with a heavily tuned Nissan GT-R. The package will focus on not only improving the vehicle’s visual appeal, but the super car’s aerodynamics as well.
At the moment all we may have are a few sketches, but you can easily tell that Tommy Kaira is planning on turning Godzilla into a real monster. The aero package looks like it will consist of deeper lip spoiler and LED driving lights incorporated into a carbon fiber front bumper. There will be even more of the lightweight black stuff used for the side skirts that lead into a baked over fender for the rear arches and a race car quality diffuser out back with a taller carbon fiber wing up top.
Stay tuned, we’ll get back with more details soon!
The Nissan motor company officially unveiled a few new models at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, these forward thinking new cars consist of the Land Glider, Fuga and Roox. The Land Glider has a potential to become a new means of transportation in urban areas offering seating for two in tandem, with the driver sitting up front and room for only one passenger behind. The traditional round steering wheel is replaced with a unit more like the stick on an airplane, and the gauges match the aviation theme and make the concept’s cabin feel more like a cockpit. The Land Glider’s linear acceleration and the narrow body will help reduce traffic congestion and promote effective use of parking space. The Fuga is Nissan’s top-of-the-line luxury sedan which combines a supreme design inspired by the current series of Skyline models as well as unparalleled interior treatments and outstanding performance. While the Roox is a super spacious mini car, that thanks to its box shape offers up lots of interior space to compliment the compact car’s dynamic design.
The Japanese automaker Nissan has just unveiled the updated GT-R at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, this new spec GT-R is basically the same super car that has been undergoing continuous development since it went on sale back in December of 2007 with a few more performance enhancing upgrades. The new GT-R will go on sale in Japan on December 7th starting at 8,610,000 yen for a standard version, while a GT-R SpecV will run consumers closer to 15,750,000 yen.
The exterior of the refreshed GT-R remains mostly the same, a functional change was made by incorporating the more sophisticated SpecV rear diffuser into the back end of the standard GT-R. On the inside Nissan has opted to use a new hard drive based navigation system called CARWINGS and a new USB port so that owners can plug in their digital music storage devices and enjoy the drive even more. The regular GT-R received a revised suspension complete with a stiffer front shock and spring package and harder bushings for the rear end, while the SpecV comes with its own unique rear dampener designed to take the performance of the hard core factory tuned super car to new heights.
The low and mid range response from the VR38DETT is improved on both the Nissan GT-R and SpecV models thanks to a pair of newly adopted hexagonal meshed catalytic converters that reduce backpressure and allow the turbochargers to spool up much quicker. This results in a GT-R that not only handles better than the previous version, but also feels faster off the line thanks to the revised exhaust plumbing. With a razor sharp SpecV model that costs almost twice as much as the standard version, Nissan is now tailoring to a wide variety of super car aficionados.
Press release after the jump.
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.
While quite a few automakers will be absent from the upcoming Tokyo Moor Show, the Nissan Motor Company has prepared a new zero emissions concept car that is ready to solve the problem of personal transportation in congested urban environments while still offering a spirited driving experience for both the driver and passenger; Nissan is calling it the Land Glider. Now the Japanese automaker is not the first to come up with an inline two sear that leans into turns, however they are the first to combine the concept with the forward thinking power train of a battery electric vehicle. This is quite convenient because crowded cities like London for example charge significantly higher taxes on automobiles based on their emissions, while some low emissions and especially zero emissions vehicles are exempt from some of those additional charges to operate inside the city center, making the efficient Land Glider a perfect choice to not only navigate congested cities but escape from them as well.
The Land Glider offers seating for two in tandem, with the driver sitting up front and room for only one passenger behind. The traditional round steering wheel is replaced with a unit more like the stick on an airplane, and the gauges match the aviation theme and make the concept’s cabin feel more like a cockpit. The only thing that reminds you that the Land Glider is intended for road use are the leather wrapped bucket seats and a more traditional three pedal layout. On the outside the Nissan Land Glider comes complete with 21st century styling like swept back headlights, floating fenders, angular body panels, large glass surfaces and a strip of LEDs for a taillight. From the side, the Land Glider has a profile similar to a Smart car, but from head on the Nissan concept is no more than a few feet wide.
Aside from having a very narrow footprint, the instant torque of its electric motor and lightweight construction make the Land Glider reasonably quick off the line. The low drag design means that the shape will be able to slipstream up to speed and then carry it through the curves by using a sophisticated suspension and drive train setup that makes the zero emissions concept lean into the turns and increase its capacity for high speed cornering.
Press release after the jump.
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.