Aug 27, 2007

2009 GT-R test drive at Tochigi


Japan’s Car Top magazine has been informed in detail of Nissan’s secret test drive event held earlier this month at its Tochigi proving grounds.

An unnamed test driver has spoken exclusively to Car Top magazine about an event held by Nissan to allow 30 people to test drive the 2008 GT-R at its Tochigi proving grounds earlier this month. No media representatives were invited to the event so the lucky group of people only consisted of Nissan advertising and marketing personnel as well as some racing and test drivers to help out with the program. Over the 3 day event, the aforementioned unnamed test driver was able to put the GT-R through handling and high speed tests designed to show its superiority against two other cars for comparison, a Z33 Fairlady Z and a 997 Porsche 911 Turbo. All those assembled were told that the interior of the GT-R test car was fake and that the black front mask would not be coming off for the tests. The rear of the car however was unmasked and there for all to see. The unnamed test driver went on to describe the rear of the GT-R to Car Top and a CG image of that description can be seen below. There would also be 7 different GT-R models to be released (in different markets) and there would be four colors: the silver as seen on the Nurburgring test car, the gun metal gray as seen on the car at the Goodwood Festival, white and black.

Aug 26, 2007

GT-R Proto - Nissan Design Center

Mr. Tamura - US Interview - Mr. GTR

Just a short clip of an interview that was setup when Mr T - aka Mr. GTR was in town. Mr. Tamura was the product planner of the R34 GT-R, and dealt with the initial concept of the next GT-R. Currently he is working on new products for Nissan.

Aug 24, 2007

Nice shot showing the 2009 Nissan GT-R seats

They look along the same lines as the R33- R34 seats. I am sure for the US , they have to be leather.... whats everyones fetish with leather... oh.... Leather though - in 100 degree heat in LA, is not what I like to get into.

Aug 21, 2007

Dont try and flip that 2009 GT-R.

Edmunds article

According to Jan Thompson, Nissan's vice president of marketing, in an effort to prevent buyers from selling their dealer-purchased Skyline GT-R immediately for a profit, Nissan is considering voiding the Skyline's warranty for the second buyer if the transaction takes place less than one year after the initial purchase.

So don't go flipping your GT-R for profit....although the people buying them probably wouldn't care that much anyway. They will be doing plenty of other stuff to void the warranty.

Aug 18, 2007

2009 Nissan GT-R to make North American debut November 16th.

LA Times

The 2009 Nissan GT-R will make its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto show on November 16. This is just shortly after it will make its world debut in Japan at the Tokyo motor show. Don't expect to see the 2009 GT-R on sale in the US until around June 2008.

Nissan's GT-R, a much-talked-about concept sports car whose production version is hitting American showrooms next year as well, will make its first appearance in Tokyo in October.

Frankfurt, Tokyo and Detroit are widely regarded as the three most important car shows in the world, each serving different corners of the planet. But California is one of the largest markets and where trends start, says Jan Thompson, Nissan North America's vice president of marketing.

The GT-R, for example, is aimed at Japanese import enthusiasts who put a premium on affordable performance and the ability to upgrade their cars with aftermarket parts.

"Now, we can focus on the import turf that is the West Coast," she says. "We don't have to split our efforts" between Detroit and Los Angeles within a span of weeks.

Aug 13, 2007

More 2009 Nissan GT-R video from SoCal

More 2009 GT-R information


Nissan's VQ family of engines won't apply to Nissan's affordable supercar, instead a new VR designation will befit a new 3.8-liter V6 with twin turbos and a bad-ass output of 480hp. Nissan will use plenty of high-quality, light weight materials, like titanium for the intake valves, a carbon fiber hood, and magnesium alloy for the oil pan, cam covers, and exhaust, while Variable Valve Event Lift (VVEL) will help crank out maximum power and efficiency. Nissan is using a platform that they term "Midship Premium", and much of the weight is being concentrated in the middle of the car for better handling.

Changing the designation of the engine - changing the name of the platform. Or not really "changing" it but modifying how its called.

The rest of the information from 7tune.

Engine Code: VR38

Peak Power: 480ps/6,800rpm

Peak Torque: 58.0kgm/1,700 - 5,600rpm

Details: The engine powering the new GT-R will be extremely lightweight compared to engines of similar capacity and complexity. Titanium intake valves and magnesium alloy exhaust valves will be used as well as a version of the new VVEL (Variable Valve Event and Lift) technology as used in the V36 Skyline Coupe. Red line is from 7,600rpm, with a 7,800rpm rev limit. Even after peak power has been achieved at 6,800rpm, 90% of maximum power will still be available from 6,800 - 7,500rpm with the power curve staying virtually flat from 6,800rpm to red line. The secret to the GT-R’s speed is in it’s ability to obtain peak torque at such low revs, as well as a very usable spread of power right across the rev range. There is even mention of the engine being designed for a maximum power output of 600ps, but being detuned to 480ps for production.

The engine powering the 2008 GT-R is not part of the VQ family… Holiday Auto have reportedly been told that the engine appearing in the new GT-R has a ‘VR’ designation, leading them to believe that it has a strong connection to the VRH35L from the Nissan R390 that contested the Le Mans 24 Hour endurance race! We’ll have more on this soon.

Aug 8, 2007

New GT-R pricing

According to Best Car magazine , the inital price for the base model new GT-R in Japan is to be 7,700,000 yen or about $65,000 by current exchange rate pricing.

Aug 1, 2007

87 days till Tokyo Motorshow

87 days to the Tokyo Motor Show 2007. Well , less if you count its in Japan , which its already tommorow there, and they don't seem to count the media day as the opening day.