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Performance Redefined: Nissan GTR

I spend a lot of time on various car forums on the internet, and I always enjoy clicking on the car comparison threads because they bring me the most amount of enjoyment. You see, I love watching people argue on the internet, as long as I’m not involved. Car comparisons always have good intentions to begin with, on the internet or in real life, but they typically end in a shit show of fanboys trying to justify why their prized possession is better than someone else who owns a competing model. I have a theory which explains why this happens.

It’s very simple, the theory is that there are only 3 personality types that describe every car enthusiast in the world. While everyone is primarily 1 of these 3 types, they can dabble in the other categories but, in the end, they will argue to the end based on their primary personality. Let’s break it down.

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Is This Performance Concept the 2016 Nissan GT-R?


Nissan had teased last week a new vehicle that would become the 149th Nissan vehicle to join the Gran Turismo car list and since over half of the vehicles are GT-R variants its not that far fetched to assume that this latest concept vehicle they have teased is a GT-R Concept Vehicle of some sort. Could this be a preview of the next generation Nissan GT-R? If so, Nissan has shown that their concept vehicles are not that far off from production vehicles.

Not much is known about the next generation Nissan GT-R other than the plan that Nissan has to include a hybrid powertrain and if this teaser is any indication, may borrow some design cues from their Le Mans Prototype, the GT-R LM Nismo. The waiting game continues for more information as the announcement expected today did not materialize and instead we are being told that June 16th is the next date to mark on our calendars.

From Nissan’s Press Release:

LOS ANGELES – On Monday, June 16, we will reveal the next chapter in our Nissan story to an audience that has always shared our passion for performance.

A couple more shots in our gallery after the break.

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Nissan To Unveil New Car In Gran Turismo On June 10th

Fairlady Z to GT-R: Nissan’s Gran Turismo history (and future)

Nissan USA just posted this picture on their twitter showcasing every single vehicle that is a part of Gran Turismo’s ever growing list of cars. The current tally of Nissan branded cars sits at 148 with the 149th Nissan vehicle to be unveiled June 10th according to the chart. What’s crazy is that about half of the cars are some sort of Skyline or GT-R variant. It leads me to believe that the car that is going to debut in a few days is likely another GT-R of some sort. Based on the low profile, it doesn’t appear to be the next-generation GT-R, but is more likely an updated race car, perhaps the 2015 Nissan GT-R GT500 or some sort of special edition of the existing model? Could it be just another concept vehicle that we’ll see at the next car show? Perhaps the 2014 LA Auto Show?

We have a higher resolution version after the break if you’re interested.

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Nissan GT-R NISMO Makes North American Debut

Nissan unveiled the newest edition of its GT-R halo car back at the Geneva Motor Show, but last week the GT-R NISMO made it’s North American debut at the New York Auto Show. As we revealed last year the massaged 3.8L twin-turbo motor puts out just under 600 horsepower and 481 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 55 horsepower and 18 lb-ft of torque.

Pricing was announced back in February and if you’re interested in picking up a GT-R NISMO, it’ll set you back $149,990 or just over $151,585 after destination and handling fees. It will go on sale July 31, 2014 along with the GT-R Track Edition which comes in at a more moderate $115,710 ($117,305 after fees). Canadian pricing has not been confirmed but with our dollar dropping Nissan may revise the differential that the current GT-R pricing has.

I have to say, the matte grey GT-R NISMO that Nissan brought to New York looks a lot better than the white press pictures they released. The carbon fiber treatment just looks more at home on the darker car and the wing doesn’t seem so out of place. Check it out in the gallery.

More Pictures of the GT-R NISMO as well as Juke NISMO

595 Horsepower Nismo GT-R Leaked, Laps Ring in 7:08

It’s been 9 months since Nissan President and Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn confirmed that NISMO was working on a GT-R and since then rumors have been leaking out of a 600+ horsepower godzilla that can lap the ring in under 7 minutes competing with the likes of the Porsche 918 Spyder but today images and information have leaked out about the upcoming NISMO GT-R.

According to Car & Driver, the 2015 NISMO GT-R will pack 595 horsepower and over 480 lb-ft of torque gained from tweaking the intake and exhausts and slapping on a pair of larger turbos borrowed from the GT-R GT3 race car. With the added power, the car is also fitted with stiffer springs and larger anti-roll bars. Interestingly enough, Nissan has renamed the three settings for its electronically adjustable damper. Instead of Comfort, Normal and R on the GT-R, the NISMO GT-R will feature Track, Race and Race Plus. It will be interesting how much stiffer the ride is compared to the regular GT-R.

On the aesthetics side, the NISMO GT-R will sport new front and rear bumpers and a pair of sideskirts with a red accent trim. A larger rear wing helps keep the car planted at speed, providing over 220 pounds of downforce at speed.

The NISMO GT-R will be available in February 2014 for Japan, and in early 2015 for North America. Pricing information is not available but I’m sure more information will be available once the vehicle is officially unveiled later this week at the Tokyo Motor Show.

See: More Nissan GT-R NISMO Eye Candy

Nissan Confirms Higher Performance Nismo GT-R

Nissan has announced that NISMO will be readying a new, higher performance version of the Nissan GT-R. The NISMO GT-R will be the third model to receive the NISMO badge after the Juke and 370Z that were revealed at the Chicago Auto Show earlier this year. The engineers at NISMO have already worked on the Nissan GT-R since its inception and were likely involved in the development of the Track Edition GT-R also announced in Chicago.

“It would be unthinkable for us to develop a range of NISMO road cars without including the GT-R,” said Nissan President and Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn. “The standard road car is a global supercar and the GT-R’s performance on track reflects the passion and talents of the NISMO team. The GT-R NISMO will be special and I can’t wait to drive it.”

While many people are eager to hear about the details of the NISMO GT-R, Neither Nissan nor NISMO are sharing any details at the moment. It will definitely be interesting to learn what the NISMO edition will entail and how much more, if any, power will be added. The current production version Nissan GT-R received a small power bump and numerous performance enhancements based on feedback from Nissan’s racing teams. We’ll learn soon enough as development of the NISMO GT-R has already begun. It will be available next year but details will likely emerge later this year.

2014 Nissan GT-R Available in Limited “Track Edition”

Nissan unveiled the new Nissan GT-R Track Edition at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show and becomes the third and most exclusive model yet after the Premium and Black Edition. To set itself apart, the Track Edition features a specially tuned suspension featuring Bilstein DampTronic gas pressure shock absorbers and higher spring rates. The tuning took place at Nurburgring (of course) where the front and rear brake cooling was also tweaked. A front spoiler with carbon fiber air ducts completes the modifications. Oh, and one more thing. There’s no back seats. Instead, a lightweight quilted cloth mat resides where the rear seats normally reside.

“The concept behind the GT-R Track Edition is to enable drivers who enjoy even more demanding high-performance driving than the GT-R Premium and Black Edition models’ extreme performance, the chance to come closer to a competition spec vehicle – no back seat, stiffer suspension, higher grip seats, additional brake cooling – the works.”

Pierre Loing, Vice President, Product and Advanced Planning and Strategy, Nissan Americas

More Details and Photo Gallery of the Nissan GT-R Track Edition

Nissan Gives 2014 Nissan GT-R Slight Power Bump

The GT-R has been a huge success for Nissan since the R35 model was introduced. For a fraction of the price of its competitors, it has blazed a trail of records at racetracks around the world, including the famed Nurburgring. For the 2014 refresh shown here at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Nissan has introduced some options to move the car in a different direction, primarily, women and older drivers.

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ZR1 vs GT2 vs 599 vs GT-R in Drag Race

Motor Trend tested the Corvette ZR1 against three of its biggest rivals (no, unfortunately it wasn’t at the Nurburgring) in a horsepower friendly straight line race. They pitted the ZR1 against a Porsche GT2, a Ferrari 599 GTB and of course, the Nissan GT-R. As the only car with four-wheel-drive the Nissan unsurprisingly catapulted out in front of the group right off the line.

Check out the video to see the results.