All the winners from the important Car Of The Year awards from around the globe.
The Fiat 500, the Honda Jazz, the Saturn Aura and the Lexus LS460 have more in common than just four wheels and an engine.
The Japanese COTY, on the other hand, is a Japanese manufacturer centric award, with all non-Japanese manufacturers contending for the Import Car Of The Year award.
In a year when the most significant car to come out of Japan is the new Nissan GT-R, the Japanese press and auto experts have voted for the new Honda Jazz instead.
Judged by a 60-member panel, it just managed to nudge out the GT-R and the new Subaru Impreza off the top-step, thanks to the second generation Jazz’s intelligent packaging as well as good all-round performance from a small car.
The Lexus LF-A has lapped the famous Nurburgring in 7 minutes and 24 seconds, beating the Porsche GT2 by one second. The beastly Lexus is expected to have a 5.0 liter unit that produces 500 horsepower with a top speed of 200mph. A hybrid variant is also in the work that will use a engine similar to the LS600h.
MINE'S has seemingly had a GT-R since the day it went on the market (likely before) and has already developed a new exhaust, catalytic converter, plus front and rear rotors for the R35.400mm slotted rotors is what it says. 20 mm up. Just in case you need 20mm larger rotors. I wonder what kind of Mack truck they came from. Also the exhaust , the exhaust, who , why, why, twin still ? Why still four useless tips ?
We have now seen a direct comparison between a number of 35 GT-R parts versus their 34 GT-R counterparts and it’s quite interesting stuff.
|R35 GT-R Price||Number required||R34 GT-R Reference Price|
|Engine Assembly||3,200,000 yen||1||754,000 yen|
|Turbocharger Assembly||250,000 yen||2||99,300 yen|
|Intercooler||86,000 yen||2||129,000 yen (only 1 required on R34)|
|Transaxle Assembly with transfer case||1,570,000 yen||1||675,000 yen|
|Front Brake Caliper Assembly||135,000 yen||2||108,000 yen|
|Front Brake Disk Rotor||75,400 yen||2||59,400 yen|
|Front Brake Pad Kit||90,300 yen||1||37,500 yen|
|Front Wheel||149,600 yen||2||145,200 yen|
|Rear Wheel||150,600 yen||2||145,200 yen|
|Front Bumper||120,000 yen||1||69,800 yen|
|Rear Bumper||120,000 yen||1||69,800 yen|
|Timing Chain||4,390 yen||1|
|Con Rods||12,000 yen||6|
|Piston Ring Set||15,100 yen||1|
|Crankshaft Bearing Set||6,760 yen||1|
|Injector Assembly||11,500 yen||6|
The hype for this vehicle doesn't look like it will calm down anytime soon. It doesn't look like there will be any "after Christmas" discounts either as the prices just keep on climbing. Today on Yahoo! Auction Japan, the largest online auctioning site, the GT-R is being auctioned at $100K to $114K for the premium editions.
So , they are saying , I can offset the carbon I put into the atmosphere by giving them money. Shit , they don't even want much money. These guys - Carbonfund.org say that if I pay them $25 a year I offset what my car puts out (5 tons). For Zero carbon a year , they say $90 (18 tons). Can I use this like a "Get out of Jail Free" card. One of the other sites - e-Bluehorizons gives you a certificate that they print out
So , how much money do I have to pay these people , to keep the CARB in California off my back. Leave my car alone. $25 a year ? $90 a year? I like this idea. I pay them $90 a year, they don't need to smog my car. I bring my little certificate , and the cops have better things to do than pull me over, and argue whether what is under the hood is stock or not.
We've got tons of queries about our R35 GT-Rs though
just ten days have passed since the R35 GT-R has been released.
Along with that, we've got a lot of interviews almost every day due to its popularity.
Like BNR34, we will focus on researching, developing
and create our two types of GT-Rs
One is what we've already raced at Tsukuba circuit
on December 6th, which is premium edition of R35 GT-R,
and we are going to build it as "Street version".
Another is what we raced on December 14th
at FUJI SPEEDWAY, that is standard edition and
we are going to build as "Circuit version".
This marked the record of "1.54.688" there
Like we mentioned, we are currently researching and developing
our new parts for R35 GT-R.
Please look forward to seeing our tuned R35 GT-Rs
at Tokyo Auto Salon 2008 next January, and visit our booth
Here is the lineup:
Porsche 911 GT3 (Naoki Hattori)
Porsche 911 Turbo (Takayuki Kinoshita)
Lamborghini Gallardo Super Leggera (Daisuke Ito)
Honda NSX-R (Seiji Ara)
Nissan GT-R (Keiichi Tsuchiya)
This battle was a 4 lap battle. Unfortunatley we can't show you the entire battle or tell who won. We'd get fired and be on the streets washing cars before you can say "Tsukuba". But maybe we can tell you which cars were in the front 2 grids. Try guessing...
The Porsche 911 Turbo and the GT3...yeah no shit.
Round1 3.15sat - 16sun Suzuka Circuit 300km
Round2 4.12sat - 13sun Okayama International Circuit 300km
Round3 5.3sat - 4sun Fuji Speedway 500km
Round4 6.21sat - 22sun Sepang Circuit (Malaysia) 300km
Round5 7.26sat - 27sun Sportsland Sugo 300km
Round6 8.23sat - 24sun Suzuka Circuit 1000km
Round7 9.13sat - 14sun Twin Ring Motegi 300km
Round8 10.18sat - 19sun Autopolis 300km
Round9 11.8sat - 9sun Fuji Speedway 300km
Round1 3.15sat - 16sun Suzuka Circuit 300km
In Japan the GT-R has a speed limiter set at 180KM(111mph) and automatically releases when you enter a domestic circuit. The GPS communicates to the ECU to cut the limiter.
Our sources say that the US version has a limiter set at 250KM(156mph) but there is no GPS communication to the ECU to cut the limiter. This means anyone who wants to go faster must crack the ECU.Its just the handful of people in the world that can hack it, are going to hack it. All it takes is one person and the internet , and its done.
Nissan has been extremely cautious about any kind of modification to the GT-R including the ECU. Nissan technicians have encrypted the ECU ever more than any car they have produced. It is said that only a handful of people in this world can crack the ECU of the GT-R.
One more video
EPA REJECTS CALIFORNIA GREENHOUSE GAS REGULATIONS
President Signs New Federal Law to Raise Fuel Economy and Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions Through 50-State Program
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has denied California’s waiver request to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from automobiles starting in 2009. The CO2 rules were issued by the California Air Resources Board and adopted by 12 other states. The EPA overturned the regulations on the same day that President Bush signed into law an energy bill to raise the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards for passenger cars and light trucks by 40% to an industry average of 35 miles per gallon by 2020. SEMA worked with the automakers and other industry associations as part of the CAFE Coalition to help negotiate a compromise to the new fuel economy standard.
Under the new federal law, the amount of renewable fuel used will increase to at least 36 billion gallons. According to the EPA, the new CAFE law and renewable fuel provisions will achieve greater greenhouse gas savings than the California program. Additionally, the federal approach provides a national solution, as opposed to a potential patchwork of state rules.
Under the Clean Air Act, California may seek a waiver to establish its own air quality rules (which can then be adopted by other states). This is the first time the EPA has completely rejected a waiver request. The agency noted that previous waiver petitions covered pollutants that predominantly impacted local and regional air quality. The EPA reasoned that a national framework for addressing greenhouse gases is necessary since the emissions are global in nature and impact every state.
California intends to appeal the EPA decision. Additionally, the Supreme Court recently directed the EPA to study the problem of greenhouse gases, paving a path to for EPA to potentially recommend even more stringent regulations if, in consultation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it deems them necessary.
For details, contact Steve McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org
In case you’re hoping for a six speed manual, don’t hold your breath. This car’s been engineered around the GR6 dual clutch sequential manual transmission. If a fun sports car is what you want, the Mazda Miata may be your best bet. You get those with stick and an open top. If you want a machine to perform, continue reading: Although the gate looks like your ordinary automatic, it’s not. The transmission actually uses two clutches to hold onto gears. Imagine two manual transmissions wrapped up in one. Accelerate in first gear and the second side of the transmission already has second gear ready. All it’s waiting on is the pull of the paddle to swap the two clutches. Two hundred milliseconds elapse from the time you pull the paddle to the time the car’s fully riding on the second gear.
Tarzan Yamada drove the car to a 2:22.8 lap time. How does that compare to other cars at Suzuka ?
When you put it in circuit mode the ‘car’ says to you that when you crash the car on the circuit you will not get any warranty. So you will have to press yes or no if you want to continue to drive and agree to the terms.
1. Ferrari F40 2:25.26 Best Motoring
2. Ferrari F50 2:26.52 Best Motoring
3. Porsche Carrera GT 2:28.42 “Best Motoring”
4. Porsche 993 GT2 2:29.148 “Best Motoring”
5. Porsche 993 Turbo (3.6) 2:31.165 Best Motoring
6. Honda NSX 3.2 2:32.54min best motoring
7. Lamborghini Diablo 2:32.98 Best Motoring
8. Porsche 996 GT3 2:32.988 Best Motoring
9. Ferrari F355 2:33.25 Best Motoring
10. Honda NSX-R (3.0) 2:34.19 best motoring
11. Honda Civic Type-R JDM (FD2) 2:35.20 Tsuchiya
12. Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 2:36.263 “Best Motoring”
13. Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI 2:36.50 best motoring
Maybe some don't get it fully yet, but one carmaker that does is Nissan. It had a slightly disguised GT-R running around the virtual GT5 test track for months before its unveiling at the Tokyo show. "Our relationship with Nissan has been good for many years," says Kazunori, lighting his third cigarette in 15 minutes. "We have known the development team for the car since the R34 GT-R , so our history goes way back."
Clearly no coincidence, the R34 Skyline GT-R was, in many people's eyes, close to being the physical version of the car in the game. The way it looked and reacted on screen were eerily similar to the way the car drove on the road.
Well, for GT5, Kazunori and his team have gone one better with the new GT-R. Not only is the car in the game exactly the same as the real car down to the last pixel, the road car now has one main feature that has been designed by the Gran Turismo team. "We worked very closely with Nissan to design the onboard computer," Kazunori says. "The concepts, design and functionality were developed by the Nissan team using our ideas."
We know you want the numbers and we're not going to waste your time. Neither is Nissan. Its 2009 GT-R hits 60 mph in 3.3 seconds, quicker than the last Dodge Viper, Corvette Z06 and Porsche 911 Turbo we tested. Keep your foot pinned, and after another tap on the upshift paddle it will clear the quarter-mile in 11.6 seconds at more than 120 mph.
Controlling the Launch
Activating the GT-R's launch control is a matter of configuring its transmission, dynamics control and damping adjustments properly. The transmission and damping switches must both be set to the R mode and the VDC must be switched off completely by holding the VDC-R button down for a few seconds. Then it's just a matter of pinning the brake with your left foot and wooding the throttle with your right, not unlike the technique used to produce a tire-shredding burnout in that '85 Camaro you drove in high school.
The result, however, is quite different. The computer holds the engine at 4,500 rpm and waits for you to lift your left foot off the brake pedal. When you do the GT-R produces the most crushing acceleration of virtually any production car in the world. Our test was conducted on a fairly low-grip surface that produced lots of rear wheelspin before the GT-R's sophisticated all-wheel-drive system engaged the front wheels and it thundered down the track. Its 3.3-second 0-60-mph run and 11.6 at 120.9 mph performance make the GT-R the quickest car we've ever tested.
It's even quicker than the Porsche 911 Turbo Tiptronic, but not by much. The German hits 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and blasts through the quarter-mile in 11.6 at 118.5 mph. Due to their lack of all-wheel drive, the Dodge Viper and Corvette Z06 are held back by traction limitations. Despite its 600-hp V10, the last Viper coupe we tested reached 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and finished the quarter-mile 11.8 at 125.3 mph. The Corvette Z06 isn't even close. Once impressive, its 4.1-second 0-60-mph run and 12-second quarter-mile at 121.8 mph are now well off the pace, which is why Chevy is creating the supercharged Corvette ZR1.
Sport Compact Car says the action is going to take place in the US and Mexico. Of course in the Fast and Furious movies , the cars are the stars , so what are they saying about the stars ? Either a 1987 Buick GNX , 1969 Chevy Camaro for Vin. They say a 2009 GT-R is an obvious choice for Paul Walker. By a well educated guess, I don't see the GNX making it, Its not a V8, no turbo 6 Buick GNX for those guys. As far as a new GT-R , I don't think they have anything setup yet, although there are rumors that the production has looked at a number of R34's.
Those boys at MCR would not be happy until they officially beat Mine’s and today they have with their blistering fast 1:02:647 followed by an even better 1:01:931 time. Driving the MCR was Keiichi “Drift King” Tsuchiya.
Apparently today’s lap is to be featured on an upcoming Best Motoring DVD.
Kazutoshi Mizuno, the chief vehicle engineer for the 2009 Nissan GT-R, describes his car as a "new kind of supercar, one with no competitors," and I thought of Mizuno-san as I nailed the GT-R's alloy throttle pedal right to the floor in 2nd gear coming onto a quiet section of derestricted autobahn near Koblenz. I'd nailed that throttle pedal right to the floor a number of times already on this day — difficult to resist — but somehow the big Nissan seemed to lunge forward with even more intensity than usual.
We're 20 feet from a production-spec 2009 Nissan GT-R at Sendai Highland Circuit, a raceway north of Tokyo. After years of staring at various concepts, prototypes and Nürburgring test mules of the GT-R, it's finally time to drive the finished product.
An engineer waves us over after making his final checks, then hands us the keys with a smile so big you'd think he'd been knocking back Kirins since sunrise. We suspect he already knows what we came here to find out.
Does the 2009 Nissan GT-R really deliver the performance of the Porsche 911 Turbo for half the price? Time to find out for ourselves.
Advance orders on GT-R hit 2700 as of December 5, according to Nissan, light years ahead of Nissan’s curiously modest domestic sales plan of just 200 units a month.
The GT-R comes in three grades in Japan - GT-R, GT-R Black Edition and GT-R Premium Edition – with stickers spanning $69,520, $70,929 and $74,687 at current rates. Mind, you’d also need another $5000 or so to get the car taxed and on the road.
So far, orders for the base GT-R are running at around 18 percent. GT-R Black Edition is about 28 percent, with the GT-R Premium Edition commanding about a hefty 53 percent of takers.
Colors? White has long been Japan’s favorite automotive hue and old habits, it seems, die hard. White Pearl is tops (about 27 percent) with these early GT-R orders. Ultimate Silver Metallic is next (about 24 percent).
Then it’s Super Black (about 22 percent); Dark Metal Gray (about 20 percent); Titanium Gray (about 4 percent). Surprisingly, Vibrant Red, one of the GT-R’s strongest colors, or so you might think, is way down the order at around 3 percent.
Nissan and Nissan Motorsports (NISMO) will not be sponsoring or officially participating in any motorsports activities in North American on the verge of bringing over the GT-R, the most ferocious sports car from Nissan ever for North America.
Earlier in the day we reported on a rumor that Nissan was getting out of American motorsports and we now have confirmation from Nissan. According to Scott Vazin, Director of Product Communications for Nissan Motor Company, though they're getting out for [Fiscal Year] 2008, "we'll keep a presence around the world."
"CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR FIRST THREE GT-R OWNERS!!!
SELLING PRICE IS MSRP + $10,000 + TAX, TAG, TITLE, AND FEES. DEPOSIT WILL BE APPLIED TOWARDS SALE OF CAR.
Sandy Sansing Nissan - The Gulf Coast's Largest Nissan Dealership, will be allocated 6 of only 1,500 (or less) 2009 GT-R's coming to the United States straight from Japan. This auction is to Bid on the "Deposit" of an allocation.
With a 0-60 time of approximately 3.5 seconds, 11.7 second Quarter Mile, and 192 mph top speed…these allocations will not last long!
Orders will start as soon as January of 2008, and delivery scheduled for June of 2008. These vehicles will be sold prior to shipment. This gives you the ability to have your GT-R built with the available options and colors you choose. Base models will start approximately $69,500+++ and Premium models $72,500+++ "
After the last car pulled into the pits, the GT-R test session came to a close for everyone...that is, except for R&T.
A few months after the Nürburgring event, Mizuno gave me a unique opportunity to sample a left-hand-drive U.S.-spec GT-R. As soon as I took the first corner, it was immediately noticeable that something was different. The handling balance seemed better than that of the previous car — there was more compliance to the shocks and springs and improved steering feel. What's more, ride quality was definitely better. Mizuno said that he slightly retuned the suspension, making it more civil but without sacrificing handling. Also, he noted that the lateral weight distribution of the car is better in left-hand-drive configuration because the driver's weight offsets the weight of the front differential and driveshaft, both located right of center.
That Nissan used the Porsche 911 Turbo as the benchmark for the GT-R is no secret; simply look at the hundreds of spy shots of the masked Nissan, and you'll see a Porsche 911 Turbo close by. Mizuno's aim was to surpass the German thunder car in every category, while keeping the price at just over half of the 911 Turbo's MSRP. We'll find out if he succeeded when the GT-R goes on sale in June 2008 (Japan's on-sale date is December 2007).
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