1320 Video Features the 3,000-Horsepower ETS-G Nissan GT-R: Video
If you want to make ludicrous power and demolish the quarter mile with a modern import, the Nissan GT-R makes for a pretty solid foundation. Ever since it was first revealed back in 2007, tuners have been busy turning wrenches and coaxing ever-higher output levels from the GT-R’s venerable twin-turbo V-6, and these days, it’s evidenced by bigger and bigger dyno pulls, and smaller and smaller ETs.
One of the biggest stars in constellation GT-R is Gidi Chamdi, who is regularly seen behind the wheel of some of the most extreme GT-R’s on the planet. 1320 Video managed to catch up with Gidi recently at the GT-R World Cup at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida, where he was once again assuming the role of pilot in the latest ETS-tuned GT-R. Sporting an all-new build, this mad machine puts down an astonishing 3,000 horsepower. The goal? Nothing less than a shot at the GT-R drag racing world record. Hit play to watch what happens when all that power is unleashed down the drag strip.
Take a Detailed Video Tour of a Very Rare Nissan Skyline R32 HKS Zero-R
Still in production after 11 years, the current R35 GT-R is the fastest and most powerful of its kind. However, it’s not the rarest and definitely not the most valuable. Nissan built quite a few special runs of the Skyline GT-R in the past, but very few of them are as exclusive as the HKS Zero-R.
Tesla Model S Driver Rams Into A Nissan SUV Despite Autopilot’s Warning
This is the latest Autopilot crash; but it wasn’t the system’s fault. A couple, who was too busy engrossed in something else other than focusing on the road, rear-ended a Nissan SUV despite the system warning and chiming its brains out. How can one trust a machine blindly?
Video: Watch the ItalDesign GT-R50 in action at Goodwood
The Italdesign GT-R50, essentially a modified Nissan GT-R, just made its public debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The bespoke supercar was driven on the historic race track and, as expected, it looks even better in motion than in the official photos.
Project: The Reborn Light – Making Use of All Those “Useless” Decommissioned EV Batteries
One of the problems with any rechargeable battery is that, after so long, they don’t hold a full charge or deliver full amperage anymore. And, such is the case with EV batteries. So, as time goes on, there will be more and more “junk” EV batteries that would otherwise need to be disposed of. Well, Nissan has an answer to this, and it isn’t disposing of them. It’s taking them in their useless-to-a-car state, attaching a solar panel to them, and using them to power streetlights that run independently of the electric grid.
As of now, it’s just a working project, but the prototype will go through initial testing on March 26 and the 4R battery reclamation factory in Namie, Japan. If everything goes according to plan, the streets of Namie will start to see them popping up in places needed the most, helping to speed up the recovery effort that has been ongoing for the last seven years following an earthquake and tsunami that rocked the region.
With that said, Nissan has released a little video that goes into a little more detail of Project: The Reborn Light. Go ahead and check it out for yourself.
Are You Prepared For a World With Self-Moving Slippers?
In case there aren’t enough things in this world that are becoming autonomous these days, Nissan is taking it a step further by giving everyday items the ability to move by themselves. We’re not talking about cars; we’re talking about things like tables, floor cushions, remote controls, and household slippers.
The unusual amenities can be found in the ProPILOT Park Ryokan, a Japanese inn located in Hakone, Japan that Nissan is using to showcase its ProPilot Park technology.Instead of the usual dog and pony show of watching a Nissan Leaf EV demonstrate the new self-parking technology, Nissan instead turned its attention to household items in order to showcase what the tech is capable of. The results are incredible, if not a little freaky. Have you ever seen a floor pillow move by itself in a non-supernatural way? How about a pair of slippers that arranges itself neatly with others of its kind? It’s going to take some getting used to.
Nissan doesn’t really say how the technology works on these items, but the video above cuts to a scene where a group of smart people are working on developing the tech, complete with renderings and mockups of the actual slippers. There’s nothing ghoulish at work here; it’s all about Nissan’s new ProPilot Park technology, and the potential applications it can have beyond its ability to park a Nissan by itself.
Maybe Nissan’t on to something here. In my case, I wouldn’t mind living in a world where my dog isn’t the only one that comes greeting me when I enter my house. I’d like to see a future where slippers could do that too. Live in Nissan’s world, or in this case, the ProPilot Park Ryokan, and that future is there, waiting to welcome us with open arms and a comfortable pair of autonomous slippers.
And in case you’re wondering about the authenticity of the hotel, Nissan’s actually offering a free night at the ProPILOT Park Ryokan for a lucky pair of travelers. If you’re interested in joining, all you need to do is post on Twitter using the hashtags #PPPRyokan and #wanttostay from January 25 to February 10, 2018. In the event you do get picked to spend a night in the inn, be sure to let us know all about that experience.
Watch Nissan’s Door-Slamming Robot Torture a Pathfinder with 45,000 slams
Ever think about how many time your car door is opened and closed in its lifetime? Well, Nissan estimates a door will experience 45,000 closing shoved in only ten years. That’s a lot of abrupt stops for the sensitive components inside a door to withstand. To help with quality control, Nissan just installed a robot inside its technical center in Farmington Hills, Michigan. They even gave it a catchy name: Mrs. Doorboto. That’s a clear reference to the classic 1980s song by the Styx, “Mr. Roboto.” For short, though, Nissan folks just call it Rosie.
Rosie only needs three days to subject a car door to 45,000 repetitions of opening and closing. It cycles through every six seconds by using its aluminum “hand” to grab the door handle. Rosie swings the door through its full range before giving it a shove closed. Rinse and repeat… over and over again.
The process helps Nissan pinpoint any parts on or within the door that might prematurely fail. Remember, modern doors have backlit switches that control electric motors that operate a pane of glass raised and lowered by cables through a plastic track. There’s also sound system components like speakers and small plastic clips that hold everything together. It might be a boring three days for Rosie and turn a new Pathfinder into a used crossover, but it’s nice to know Nissan is looking out for long-term durability.
Nissan’s New 2018 Titan Commercial Is Hilariously Catchy
Nissan is fighting tooth and nail to gain ground in the highly competitive half-ton pickup market. Sales have been slower than expected, but that might change with this commercial. It’s about the funniest truck commercial we’ve seen in a while – mostly because truck ads usually take a more serious approach. It’s called No Lazy Horses and it’s Super Bowl-quality funny thanks to a catchy song, a memorably pudgy main character, and some antagonizing lazy “horses” that are impossible to unsee.
Besides being funny, the one-minute, 30-second commercial takes a hard swing at the Ford F-150. Of course, the truck’s badges are removed, but anybody with any sense knows the white, Crew Cab truck is a Ford. Truck fans will easily place it as the previous-generation, steel-bodied F-150.
As the story goes, the F-150 gets stuck in the mud and its driver, Clark, must coax the truck’s “horses” to perform by doing an embarrassing song and dance routine. Pretty pretty ponies, pretty pretty please, I’m a dancing ponyboy, begging pretty please Well, unfortunately for Clark’s pride, the hero pulls up to witness the scene in his shiny new, 2018 Nissan Titan Crew Cab 4x4. The hero, Clark’s payload of pipes, and what’s left of Clark’s dignity ride off into the sunset, abandoning the F-150 to rot away.
Despite horsepower not having anything to do with a 2WD truck being buried axle-deep in mud, the commercial is incredibly memorable and should even resonate with people who know nothing about truck, payload, or lazy horses. That stupid song is a verifiable earworm, and those trashy, basement-dwelling horses are the stuff of Internet legends.
Nicely done, Nissan. Thanks for the laugh.
Nissan Turns Godzilla Into A Full-Sized Remote-Controlled Car
There are times when the automotive industry amazes you to no end that you just have to sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. Take what Nissan did recently in partnership with Sony in the promotion of Gran Turismo Sport for, example. Not content with just sticking with the usual PR and market scripts that we’ve so gotten used to, Nissan decided to take it to another level by modifying an actual Nissan GT-R and turning it into a full-sized remote-controlled car. Not only that, but the automaker even brought it to Silverstone for a few laps, all while being controlled by nothing more than a stock Playstation Dualshock 4 controller. Fantastic!
So how exactly did Nissan manage to do this? Well, the first order of business was to fit the GT-R - now called the GT-R/C because, you know, awesome - with four individual robots, each controlling specific features of the actual car, including steering, transmission, brakes, and throttle. Once that bit of technical wizardry was accomplished, the unmodified PS4 controller was connected to a micro-computer, which in turn was in charge of interpreting the controller inputs and then transmitting them to the car. Adding to the scope of the stunt was professional racer and GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough, who hopped into the passenger seat of a helicopter and controlled the GT-R/C from there with his PS4 controller. If that’s not the absolute best view to play with a life-sized Nissan GT-R remote-controlled car using a PS4 controller, then I don’t know what to tell you.
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Nissan Returns As A Promotional Partner Of Star Wars
In case you haven’t heard, or you’re just spending far too much time running away from wampas in Hoth to care, Nissan and Star Wars have been partners-in-crime for some time now. The two companies came together last year to promote Star Wars: A Rogue One Story, so it comes as no shock that the Japanese automaker is back as a promotional partner to the mega movie franchise ahead of its highly anticipated movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Nissan is one of six major brands tabbed by Lucasfilm to be part of an extensive global promotional campaign supporting The Last Jedi. The other five companies include Christian Louboutin, General Mills, Royal Philips, Verizon, and VIZIO. It’s a diverse group that includes a high-end fashion designer (Louboutin), a consumer food giant (General Mills), and a telecommunications network (Verizon). Nissan fits in there somehow, largely because the company has been a promotional partner for the giant movie franchise, most recently last year ahead of the release of Rogue One. For those who’ve forgotten, Nissan actually piggy-backed its Rogue SUV off of the movie’s title, resulting in the creation of the Nissan Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition that was unveiled at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. It wasn’t much of a special edition, at least not to our expectations, but it did come heavy on cosmetic Star Wars references. Only time will tell if Nissan can improve upon its ho-hum Rogue One offering with something a lot more interesting. Don’t expect a special edition GT-R, though. Godzilla isn’t mainstream enough to warrant consideration. On the other hand, the updated Nissan 370Z was just released a month ago…
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Richard Hammond Races Porsche 918 Against Nissan Patrol: Video
The Porsche 918 Spyder is a monumentally fast machine. Rocking a 4.6-liter V-8 internal combustion engine paired with a dual set of electric motors and seven-speed PDK transmission, this German monster lays down upwards of 887 horsepower and 940 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough hutzpah to push the Porsche to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds, with the top speed rated at 211 mph. So it’s quick, that much is obvious. But, as Richard Hammond finds out in this video, no matter how fast you might think you are, there’s always something quicker. This time around, that something just so happens to be a Nissan Patrol SUV with a few choice modifications.
You’re probably asking – “how can this rather humdrum Japanese box on wheels compete with the Teutonic insanity that is the 918?” A quick glance won’t reveal much. But take a closer look, and you’ll start to notice this isn’t just any Nissan. The biggest giveaway is in the corners, where a four piece of uber-gummy Hoosier race slicks provide the traction. Then there’s the front end, where a somewhat Godzilla-esque grille shows some teeth, plus there are sporty-looking vents lining the hood. That’s right – this sleeper is hiding a full Nissan GT-R engine and AWD drivetrain under the hood, tuned to deliver a whopping 1,900 turbocharged horsepower! Suddenly, Dubai’s local selection of supercars might have something to think about…
Hunting For A 6-Second Pass In A Nissan GT-R R35: Video
We all know the Nissan GT-R is an absolute beast – after all, in stock form it’ll lay down a blacktop-churning 565 horsepower thanks to its twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-6 powerplant, six-speed automatic transmission, and high-performance AWD drivetrain. But per usual, tuners the world over see these figures as not much more than a starting point to build something bigger, badder, and a helluva lot faster. Enter Chicago-based tuner AMS Performance, a legendary shop with a long history of producing simply outrageous speed machines. One of its latest creations is this – the aptly named Alpha G GT-R. Total output is rated at a staggering 3,000 horsepower, which is enough to motivate this lightened and drag-slick-shod Godzilla to a low 7-second pass down the quarter mile. 1320 Video highlights the Alpha G in his 5-minute, 33-second video as its owner chases sixes.
Hit play, and you’ll get a walkaround on the Alpha G, from its carbon-laden exterior, to the exposed boost-makers and air elements in the nose, to the side exhaust, to the fat Hoosiers in the corners, to the parachute in back. Afterwards, we get to watch the Nissan strut its stuff, attacking the drag strip in a flurry of six-cylinder blasts, turbo spool, and barely contained traction.
You’ll have to watch the whole thing to see if the GT-R manages to dip into the six-second range, but trust me, there’s plenty of entertainment to be had along the way.
2016 Nissan Altima – Driven
The fifth-generation Altima debuted for the 2013 model year and Nissan didn’t let it simmer too long before introducing a mid-cycle refresh for the 2016 model year. The refresh is mild at best, consisting of a revised front fascia with Nissan’s V-motion corporate face and swoopy curves that mimic the Maxima’s. The greasy bits and interior remain basically untouched. But are these changes enough to keep the Altima selling at its record pace?
To find out, I spent a week with the 2016 Altima. Granted, the model year is currently rolling towards 2017, but Nissan isn’t making any changes. That makes the 2016 just as good to review.
The Altima is dug in hard against some fearsome competitors. There’s the hot-selling Honda Accord, the surprisingly upscale Volkswagen Passat, and the venerable Toyota Camry. As you might expect, the Toyota leads the segment in sales by a long shot, moving a whopping 429,355 Camries in 2015. Honda follows, having sold 355,557 Accords. Nissan isn’t too far behind, with 333.398 Altimas finding homes in 2015. Year over year, the Altima is maintaining is monthly sales goals in 2016, putting it on track to sell the same number as before.
Numbers aside, the Altima has a lot to offer. Leading headlines is fuel economy. The 2.5-liter Altima gets an EPA-estimated 27 mpg city, 39 mpg highway, and 31 mpg combined. Those are compact sedan numbers. In fact, only the Mazda 6 with its i-Eloop energy recovery system scores better, offering 40 mpg highway.
Despite is frugality, the Altima’s four-cylinder isn’t a complete penalty box. In fact, with its 182 horsepower, the 2.5-liter and CVT combination are surprisingly peppy. Yes, I normally complain about Continuously Variable Transmissions, but Nissan has been building them longer than just about anybody. It seems it has finally eliminated the rubber-banding effect that plagued CVTs of the past.
So, the 2016 Altima has a new face and some impressive fuel economy numbers. But what else does Nissan’s mid-level sedan have to offer? Keep reading to find out.
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Watch the 2017 Nissan Armada Tackle the Trails: Video
The Nissan Armada is all-new for the 2017 model year, dumping the old, first-generation Titan-based platform for something new. Yep, the Armada is based on the highly regarded Nissan Patrol, an old-school, body-on-frame SUV Nissan sells just about everywhere but North America. Nevertheless, the U.S. is now blessed with the second-generation Armada, filled with new tech, a plushy new interior, all wrapped in good looks.
The Armada shares the same 5.6-liter Endurance V-8 with the 2017 Titan pickup. It now comes with direct injection, an improved variable valvetrain system, and a new seven-speed automatic transmission. The double overhead cam V-8 kicks out 390 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque to either the rear wheels, or to all four when the part-time 4WD option is ordered.
The Armada has all the right ingredients to a solid off-road machine – four-wheel independent suspension, a fully boxed steel ladder frame, and a two-speed transfer case with low range gears. The Nissan also boasts 9.1 inches of ground clearance. And though it doesn’t have mechanically locking differentials, its electronic traction control can modulate braking independently to send power to wheels with the most traction.
Now all of this does come at a price. The base Armada carries a sticker of $44,400. The one our friends over at TFL Truck tested came in at $61,435. That’s not all that cheap. Nevertheless, the Armada does seat seven or eight (depending on seating options chosen) in cushy comfort with all the modern technology and safety features.
So how does the Armada handle a moderately challenging mountain trail? You’ll have to watch TFL Truck’s video to find out.
2016 Nissan Murano – Driven
Nissan’s third generation Murano launched for the 2015 model year bringing a new level of luxury and comfort to the brand’s high-volume, midsize, two-row crossover segment. Much of that refinement is thanks to the parts sharing between the Murano and the latest generation Maxima sedan. Ample passenger room, loads of cargo space, and the familiar 3.5-liter V-6 are all instantly recognizable in this crossover.
Nothing changes for 2016, including the Murano’s bold, futuristic styling and plush interior. Nissan gives its customers four trim choices to choose from – six if you count the two trim levels with the hybrid powertrain option. The base S, at $29,740, might rank at the bottom of the Murano list, but it still offers a ton of modern convenience features. Most folks will opt for the mid-range SV and SL trim packages – with the SL offering slightly more standard equipment and available options than the SV. And ranking one step below the Infiniti brand, the Murano Platinum offers all the fine fixin’s like heated and cooled leather seats, LED headlights, 20-inch wheels, and a panoramic moonroof – all for a starting price of $39,180.
I recently had the chance to sample a 2016 Murano decked out in the Platinum trim and fitted with the optional AWD system. The long list of features and standard amenities was astounding, even making the Jaguar F-Pace I drove the week before seem almost basic.
So what’s it like to live with the Nissan Murano? Surprisingly pleasant. Find out why below.
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Nissan Launches "Steel to Wheels" Video
Production of the Nissan Titan and Titan XD is fully under way at Nissan’s Canton, Mississippi assembly plant. To celebrate, Nissan has released a short video called “Steel to Wheels” that highlights the plant, the assembly process, and the people that built the trucks.
Just like the video title suggests, the process starts as huge rolls of steel are unwound and stamped into doors, hoods, and beds to form the basic body structure. From there, the panels move into the body shop where the pieces are assembled together. The cab and bed are built separately before coming together just before the painting process begins.
In paint, workers closely inspect the bare metal, shaving off any imperfections with a grinder wheel. The bodies are then dunked in a cleaning solution that removes any oil, fingerprints, or debris before being primed with rust prohibitor. Paint is then applied in either a solid color or two-tone scheme. Those trucks with two-tone paint jobs spend extra time in the paint department since both colors have to be added separately. Another round of close inspections are done, looking for any type of imperfection in the body or paint.
From there, the Titan and Titan XD roll to the trim line. It’s here that the interiors are installed, including the carpet, headliner, dashboard, seats, and windows. It takes many workers during this stage, as most of the parts are installed by hand using pneumatic tools. With the body and interior assembled, the trucks meat up with the chassis, which is merging from its own assembly line were suspension and drivetrain components are added.
A massive cradle lowers the truck bodies onto the complete chassis. Workers then connect all the wiring harnesses, hoses, and tubes between the two sections. From here, final pieces like the grille, headlights, wheels, and tires are added. Workers then test all the computer systems to verify each are working properly. The trucks are then started for the first time, before driving off the assembly line.
Each Titan is put though its paces on a short road course where inspectors listen for any squeaks or rattles and look for any other anomalies. From there, each truck is loaded onto a transport truck for delivery to Nissan dealerships nationwide.
Erik Fields, the director of engineering for the Canton assembly plant, makes an interesting observation near the end of the video: every Titan truck has been built in the Canton assembly plant. Since Nissan introduced the first-generation Titan in 2003, every Titan calls Mississippi home.
Be sure to watch the video for all the details.
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Nissan Announces Titan Hauler XD Project Truck
Nissan decided to celebrate the last Micra Cup race of the 2016 season by doing something special. They built a one-off car cradle that fits into the bed of the Nissan Titan XD. Powered by an electro hydraulic pump, this aluminum rig lifts the Nissan Micra onto the Titan XD’s bed for hauling.
"With the Titan XD, we have recently launched one of the most capable and well-rounded pick-ups which creates an entirely new truck segment,” said Joni Paiva, president of Nissan Canada. “To top it all off, Nissan’s motorsport persona is alive and well in Canada through the Nissan Micra Cup spec series. The Titan Hauler XD project truck merges the vehicles at the opposite ends of the spectrum of Nissan vehicles available in the Canadian market by bringing together two vehicles in a visually spectacular way."
Motorsports in Action, a Quebec-based company, developed the project. Not only did MIA build the gurney rig, they also had to modify the Titan XD to hold all the weight. The Crew Cab pickup equipped with the Cummins turbodiesel has a payload capacity of 2,091 pounds from the factory. More was needed since the Nissan Micra alone weighs 2,302 pounds. Add to that the weight of the gurney rig and all its support structure. MIA reinforced the Titan XD’s chassis in strategic spots and beefed up the rear suspension system.
"I’ve had the opportunity to work with Nissan on several projects including the Micra Cup race cars and the Rogue Warrior extreme prototype,” said MIA owner Carl Hermez. “So when Nissan came to me with the idea of putting the race car in the bed of the TITAN XD, I was immediately excited by the challenge."
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Watch the Nissan Titan XD’s Assembly: Video
The assembly process for mass-production vehicles is immensely entertaining to watch. The swinging robot arms, the army of workers pieces parts together, the finished products rolling off the line under power – its all quite magical to see happen. Well, the guys at Trucks.com partnered with Nissan to produce this short video showing how the Titan XD goes from rolls of steel to a freshly polished truck.
The process takes place at Nissan’s Vehicle Assembly Plant in Canton, Mississippi. The plant employs nearly 6,400 people and covers 4.7 million square feet. In addition to the Titan XD, the plant also produces the half-ton Titan, the Murano SUV, the Frontier pickup, and the NV cargo and passenger vans.
For more on the Titan XD, be sure to check out our full review, as well as our first-drive impression review.
2017 Nissan Titan Rundown: Video
The 2017 Titan half-ton is an incredibly important vehicle for Nissan. Not only does it complement the “heavier-duty” Titan XD, but it also competes directly with the pickup segment’s toughest rivals – those from GM, Ford, and Ram.
As you know, the Titan shares the same design language as the larger Titan XD. The half-ton truck does have a lower hood height and shorter front clip, but otherwise, is nearly identical. That’s great news since Nissan integrated so many handy features into the design.
As Nathan from TFL Truck shows, the Titan offers a roomy, versatile cabin. There’s even 16 cup holders in the Crew Cab model. What’s more, the truck offers things like multiple USB ports, a 110-outlet on the center console and another in the bed, and a lockable storage compartment under the second row folding bench seat.
Though driving impressions were embargoed when TFL Truck shot this video, Nathan does capture the deep rumbles of the heavily revised 5.6-liter Endurance V-8. Its 390 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque sound good. Nissan is scheduled to debut a new V-6 engine at a later date. The truck is also seen pounding over rough ground, with its PRO-4X package making it look easy.
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How Did the 1991 Nissan Pathfinder Compare?: Video
With the refreshed Nissan Pathfinder making waves for the 2017 model year, we decided to look back at its beginnings. The Pathfinder debuted for the 1987 model year, but remained unchanged through 1995. That means the 1991 Pathfinder was midway into its first-generation stride when Motor Week pitted it against the best mid-sized SUVs on the market for that year.
Included in the tester were the Chevrolet Blazer, Ford Explorer, Jeep Cherokee, and Toyota 4Runner. All were well equipped in high-ranking trim levels and fitted with 4WD. Though most owners rarely ventured off the beaten path, this video review focused on the off-road. It’s all about mud, ruts, and hill climbs.
I won’t spoil the outcome, but Motor Week found the Pathfinder to have the best ground clearance of the bunch, much in part to it having the largest tires. The journalists didn’t like the Pathfinder or 4Runner’s stiff ride, however, at least compared to the softer-sprung American brands.
The Pathfinder aside, it’s awesome to see these early 1990s SUVs in their prime, while getting put to good use. Be sure to catch the bunch sloshing through the deep mud pit. It proved to be a challenge, even for the high-riding brutes.
Nissan Titan XD – Gas vs. Diesel Shootout!: Video
The guys over at TFL Truck are pitting Nissan’s newest truck against itself. Yep, it’s all about gasoline versus diesel here in this head-to-head test. The two trucks are equipped very similarly Both are the 2016 Titan XD in crew cab, short bed form. Both have 4WD and both are equipped to two some impressive loads. But which powerplant pulls harder?
Yeah, most will say the diesel, myself included. It’s a 5.0-liter turbodiesel from Cummins that makes 310 horsepower and 555 pound-feet of torque. It’s hard to beat that. However, Nissan’s heavily updated 5.6-liter Endurance V-8 now sports direct injection, Variable Valve Event & Lift technology, and a high compression ratio of 11.2:1, allowing the big V-8 to produce 390 horses and 401 pound-feet of torque.
Transmission and gearing wise, the Cummins is backed by a six-speed Aisin automatic transmission while the Endurance is mated to Nissan’s seven-speed automatic gearbox. For maximum towing, it takes the Cummins to hit the Titan XD’s 12,300-pound limit.
So which powertrain wins out? You’ll have to watch TFL Trucks’ video to find out.
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Nissan’s GT-R Drone Can Run To 60 Mph In The Blink Of An Eye: Video
Nissan is already responsible for giving us the GT-R, one of the most impressive performance cars in the world. So with that in mind, Nissan collaborated with World Drone Prix Champions Tornado Blades Racing to create a drone that could give the GT-R a run for its money. The result is the GT-R Drone, a first-person racing drone equipped with the latest in performance-enhancing technology that enables it to sprint from 0 to 62 mph in a ridiculous 1.3 seconds. Considering that an electric racer just set the fastest 0-to-60-mph sprint for an EV with a time of 1.5 seconds a few days ago, the fact that a drone can do it two-tenths of a second quicker is incredible.
To break in the GT-R Drone, Nissan invited 2015 British National Drone Racing champion James Bowles to drive the GT-R Drone against Nissan NISMO driver Ricardo Sanchez and Godzilla itself at the Silverstone circuit in England. The race was chronicled in this expertly done video by Nissan showing the supercar and drone engage in a highly entertaining race. The result is what you’d expect. The drone immediately shoots out of the line only to be caught up the GT-R in the circuit’s twisting corners. Ultimately, the GT-R’s 196 mph top speed also flexed its muscles, outgunning the 115-mph GT-R Drone to the finish. Surprisingly, the drone actually did well for itself considering the circumstances, proving that, while it may not be able to match the GT-R in a lap around a track, it’s got the tech to leave the car in the dust in an acceleration race.
The whole thing makes for a very entertaining race and it shows because anybody who watches it will likely end up wondering what it’s going to take to own the GT-R drone. Trust me. I’ve thought about it myself. It’s unlikely that it’s going to go up for sale anytime soon, but hey, people can dream, right?
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2016 Nissan Maxima – Driven
The Maxima has been around since 1981, but never has it been so focused on performance and driver engagement. All new for 2016, the eighth generation Maxima pushes the limits of what Nissan has ever done with its family sedan, making it far more appealing to those who refuse to sacrifice driving pleasure with the addition of kids. It might not be a four-door GT-R, but the Maxima has its sights squarely on the being BMW 5 Series for the everyman.
Much of that spunk comes from the 3.5-liter V-6. Naturally aspirated, the all-aluminum engine kicks out 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque. Ironically, a CVT sends power to the front wheels, though Nissan says it tirelessly worked to make the CVT behave less like a rubber band gun. The attention pays off, though nobody will mistake the gearbox for a traditional automatic.
Of course, power and performance are only half the story. The overall design screams to be looked at – the long nose, aggressive grille, sweeping beltline, and coupe-like rear roof make the Maxima one of the best-looking sedans on the market. Or at least one of the most stylized. The story continues inside. Out Platinum tester packed quilted leather atop Nissan’s Zero Gravity seats, contrast stitching along the center console and dash, and modern in-dash technology.
So how does all this translate into the real world? We spent a week with the Maxima to find out. Keep reading for the full run-down.
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